Im following you, but NOT because your following me! Your site is classy and comical and down right awesome :) I love the polar bear pic... made me smile! lol!
You are too kind... I am sure my site is not for everyone, but I hope those who like it will follow and come back as often as you do! I love your comments and SOOO appreciate them- especially on E's posts, she gets SOOO excited!
I get excited when I see an E post!!! She does an amazing job!!!!!
It used to bother me, too! A few months ago, I started a thread with the question, "Do you feel obligated to follow people who start following you?"=P
Most of the answers were No . . . but some people also said they didn't mind supporting new bloggers that way--although they might not actually read them.
I think we all want our list of Followers to be a decent reflection of our list of actual readers, but given the current culture of book blogging, hard numbers really count.
I think Hard Numbers count only if you are trying to bring in publishers or make money. But those that are just doing it for fun or for hobby... does it really matter?
If it's a hobby and you have a nice community of regular commenters . . . I'd say the hard numbers don't matter! =)
If we are all already following each other, who is leading?
I think the follow me I will follow you is just another way to gain followers. I know most use it to help get their numbers up. I did participate in one someone started. i peeped at the blog first to see if I would join it. I can't follow if I'm not going to at least stop by once a week. If it was not my kind of genre, i don't follow for a follow.