It is always nice when you see that you have a new follower of your blog or on Twitter or something. You think to yourself that there must be something you are writing that interests other people. Then you look at their blog or Twitter feed and see that their interests have little or nothing in common with yours and I can't help being curious about why they follow me. I'd love to ask them but that sounds rude, y'know 'why are you following me?' It sounds like you're accusing them of stalking or something! But I'm sooo nosey and would love to know! I like that people with other interests follow me though.
The biggest puzzle for me is why romance authors follow me. They follow me on Goodreads, Twitter and my blog through bloglovin. Now I imagine most authors would want to follow people who like their genre, review it regularly, blog about romance books and buy romance books as these people are more likely to buy your book and tell their friends about it. So why follow me? I would eat my own arms off before I'd read contemporary romance, set myself alight rather than read erotica of any kind and I try as much as possible to avoid any romance in my favourite genres.
I dislike the love-hate dynamic between male and female MCs, HATE instaluv and despise love triangles, which is why I don't like risking reading YA now. I hate romantic 'heroes' who are violent to women or who think rape is the way to get someone to fall in love with you-that really grates my cheese!!! I cannot abide books with that kind of plot where the guy tries to rape someone who then melts at his touch. NOOOOOOOO! I don't get why that kind of book plot sells so well but hey, I'm not going to be critical of the reading choices of others. What others like reading is their business and they have the right to enjoy their choices. I also hate a female MC who has every man she meets falling at her feet. Sex scenes don't interest me and I just skip them. So you can kinda see why the romance genre is not my thing!
I can get that some romance authors maybe like reading other genres and like following blogs where they can read reviews on those books. But I doubt that applies to all of my romance followers. I mean, one bloglovin follower of mine only reads romance so I can't imagine her getting much out of my blog! There are others whose blogs are purely about beauty and fashion and have nothing about books, so again I'm puzzled at choosing to visit The Book Cave! I'm not one to chase off followers...it would just be nice to know why you chose my blog!
Do you have followers who don't seem to have anything in common with you? What makes you follow a blog of someone who has little in common with you? Why do you think authors follow people who have no interest in their genre? If you are an author why do you follow people who are not going to read your book due to the genre? I'm so curious to hear your thoughts on this!