I am in total agreement with the paying comment. If someone likes me, they'll stop by and comment when they do, and if they have something to say. Because I feel that half of those people who pay probably aren't getting everything out of it anyway.
This is why I hope to never ever ever ever charge for people to be on my sidebar. I feel like once I'm getting paid to feature other bloggers on my blog, I won't like blogging anymore because it will turn into "work". I totally feel ya on this one. Numbers don't mean anything. It's the true readers that keep coming back that matter. And of course, it matters that you love writing, and continue to write, no matter who reads! =D
I definitely agree about not paying for sponsors. I don't have all that extra money lying around to pay for something that I'm not giving 100%. I would love to just switch buttons with you. :)
Wow, you took the words right out of my mouth! I started mine back in April, and some days I think about other bloggers who started months after me and have hundreds more followers then I do and why that is. But then I think about how I'm staying true to me, and how I don't believe in "paying to blog" or paying a blogger to talk nice about me and then I feel just fine :) I'm actually doing a Friday series about this same thing this week! Just stay true to you and it will be a fun hobby.
Thanks for linking up! and I agree. I accept paid sponsors but I generally give out swaps or codes as well,no matter what the size if its for a blog I like, and I love yours!