Of course I want my blog(s) to be read (aka have "followers") BUT (a very BIG BUT):
I do not care about how many followers a blog has because if your blog posts go unread it can be frustrating. Who wants to write in vain? Personally, I would rather have 1 reader who comments on a post vs. 100 followers. IMHO the joy of blogging is in the fact that someone READS what you have to write and is drawn in enough to leave a comment. That interaction is what drives me to blog.
I hope that I don't come off as a mommy blog hater because I'm not. With all sincerity I am NOT a Blog Snob. I blog for the sake of blogging and not to "collect" a bazillion followers. I will NEVER ask someone to "follow me". Isn't it truly more flattering when someone genuinely likes your blog and adds you to their reading list "just because"? Is it not the greatest compliment & feeling of connection when someone leaves a comment for you after actually READING your post?