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March 30, 2009

Imaginary popularity contest

(I was a bit on the fence whether to post this or not. I don't want to come across as whining; because I am not. I am just wondering why/if something like this has an effect on what I/we do... If that makes sense!?)

Look at that picture, see the number there where it says 'Crafty Blogs'? 90. It used to say 5. Or, atleast be in the 'top' ten of UK craft blogs (who have added their link to this thing). But in the past month or so, it has just gone down and down and down. Which is weird.

Not that I am particularly worried about numbers when it comes to my blogging - I only check my sitemeter stats to see where people come from and what links that lead them here. How many there are is not really that interesting to me.

I blog because I like it, because I can keep track of the things I make (and 'my peeps' back in Denmark can keep a track on me, haha!) and the things that interest me. If what I make and learn is of interest to others, well that is just a bonus. A much appreciated bonus! I am so grateful for the connections I have made through blogging. Awesome!

But then there's that number that keeps going down and down and down. And I am wondering what the heck is up with that? Is it something I did? Something I didn't do? WHY DOESN'T THE INTERNET LIKE ME ANYMORE!? ;-)

And that is just totally ridiculous. A fairly arbitrary number like that shouldn't have an effect on me and what I do. If I am writing my blog to be Popular, then I don't think I should be doing it at all. There isn't a lot of heart in trying to be popular. I am me, and I do this for me, first and foremost. I should really only worry about being popular with me.

Maybe I should just get rid of that button - it doesn't feel like it is contributing anything positive. And I know I am not the only one who has noted a significant change in their 'performance' according to it - so maybe it isn't doing its job properly? ;-)

What do you think? Do you sometimes fall prey to this imaginary popularity contest?

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