It always sucks when people unsubscribe from your blog. It can put you down, make you mope, make you doubt.. but…
How do you feel when someone you know unsubscribes to your blog?
I was looking through my subscribers the other day, and realized that I recognized some of the names who had unsubscribed. They are bloggers! I know them!
Although it sucks when people unsubscribe period, I brush it off. I know people have different tastes, or some people only subscribe for giveaways, etc. So I don’t let the unsubscribes bug me. Plus it helps when the number of new subscribers is greater than the number of unsubscribers in any given week.
But when I actually recognized some of the unsubscribers, I have to admit, that stung a little. It felt more personal than someone I didn’t know unsubscribing.
There are a few good reasons why I shouldn’t let it bother me.
- Different people read different books. I know there are some bloggers I adore as people, but I don’t subscribe to their blogs because I’m not interested in the same books they are. Maybe some of those people subscribed to my blog, then realized we’re not into the same books, so they unsubscribed.
- Or, we do read the same books, but we have vastly different opinions on them. I know sometimes I don’t want to read really negative reviews of books I loved. Maybe I loved some of the books they hated, or hated some of the books they loved. We have different opinions and that’s okay. I get that sometimes it means you don’t want to read those reviews or that blog.
But despite those valid reasons, I can’t stop the little voice in the back of my head from saying, “Have I failed them? Am I a bad blogger? Am I doing something wrong? Are my posts boring?” I can’t stop my mind from going over all the possible ways I may have failed as a blogger. It’s like I let that person down, and that’s why they unsubscribed.