Lately it seems many of my blogging friends have been asking themselves, "Why do I blog?" And indeed, over the years many have dropped by the wayside because their answer to that question obviously wasn't strong enough to keep them going. And, I imagine, many probably moved their participation to Facebook where they can more readily communicate with their "Followers" in real time.
Some time ago I too questioned why I was doing this, and came to the conclusion that I was doing it because I enjoy it. And that has become paramount with me.
I was instructed, when first introduced to blogging, that the way to play this game was to visit a lot of other sites and become a Follower and that, in turn, would be an almost social obligation for the party so blessed to then visit my site and become a reciprocate Follower. Soon my sidebar would be overflowing with colorful photos of my many devoted Followers and a happy and fruitful blogging experience would result.
I tried it and found myself visiting and Following a lot of blogs that I never revisited because they simply didn't grab me. It made my Followers widget look good but did little for my blogging experience. It became a distraction, so I made it go away. The same with stats. Both of these things drives your thinking towards a philosophy of "The guy with the most Followers wins." However, I suppose in this materialistic, consumer society in which we live, the most popular actually do win. (Which probably accounts for why I'm sitting here typing this fool thing in the first place.)
Also, being a design hobbyist, I'm into the visual look of the webpage. I like to change my "look" from time to time and, at the moment, my taste is running to... well, what you see, whatever that is.
Anyway, the long and short of this is... I have somehow managed to simply do my thing with the result being that I am having fun with the blog and the great benefit of falling into a nice little circle of blogging buddies, for which I am most grateful. But please don't be offended if I don't mess with Followers and sidebar widgets and gadgets and awards. It just ain't my thing. (At least, not at the moment.)