Before I started this blog, I had another one that I would dabble in every once in a while, posting random thoughts and whatever I felt like. I think I had that blog for three years and ended up with maybe 14 followers.
At the time of writing this post, I have been blogging for about 7 months and have over 200 followers.
This has been accomplished through a beautiful thing called followers. Remember when you were little and you would hear the best way to have a friend is to be a friend? Well, that's still true. If you want to have a presence, you have to be genuine. A few months ago, this idea was really hit on my the Ninja Captain himself, Alex Cavanaugh.
Also, you have to put yourself out there a bit. If you are participating in this blogfest, you are well under way, but it needs to continue. Participate in fests, comment on the blogs you follow, let people get to know you.
Most important, if you want to keep followers, you have to interact with followers. It really doesn't take much time at all before you see people around and feel like you know them, engage in conversations (art applicable or not) and comment on their blogs.
And ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS respond to those who comment. I prefer through email (make sure your setting aren't set to no reply in your blogger profile) but lots comment through additional comments. The format doesn't matter, just make sure you reply.
What are ways you have found to increase followers? Have you formed relationships with people you don't know but know? What has been the best part of your interactions with followers so far?