WordPress Followers range from active to silent

Sending out a HUGE HUG and SHOUT OUT to Glenn2point0 who blogs at Glenn2point0.wordpress.com about his Opinions on Life, the Universe and Mental Things. He thanked me and our dear blogging friend Dyane Harwood of Birth of a New Brain | Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder for being two of his most active blog followers. Glenn, THANK YOU. You are always supportive and understanding. Plus, through your words I can imagine myself Down Under (yes, folks, he’s in Australia).

This blog post of Glenn’s hits close to home, as I’ve been paring down the number of blogs I follow. Why follow a blog if I have no relationship with the blogger? If in real life, I care more about quality of friendship than quantity of friends, why not in my blogging life? I have a few true friends online. They I treasure.

Thank you again, Glenn2point0, for acknowledging our friendship and mutual support.

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12 thoughts on “WordPress Followers range from active to silent

  1. Cate Reddell July 31, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    I think it all depends on your motivation for blogging, and that’s going to be different for all of us. While I appreciate and value my blogging friendships, those friendships are my primary motivation. Rather the main purpose of my blogging is a platform for my writing. Maybe that seems obvious, but it does alter how you look at likes, comments and lurkers.

    While I like the ability on WordPress to ‘like’… it’s a quick and easy response. The problem though is of what a ‘like’ means. I know some who like simply as a note that they’ve read it, others do because they literally like what is said, so won’t like if they don’t agree with what is said. There are many, many reasons for a like so we can’t really assume what it means on our post.

    Oh and personally I like lurkers. Sure, they’e not going to be a friend and so if that’s what you want from blogging then you’re going to be disappointed, but what I like is that they turn up and ead what you’ve written. They usually do so pretty regularly and hey, they’ve taken time out of their day to read you. Personally I treat that as a compliment, but then I recognise I might just be different from the rest. 🙂

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    • Kitt O'Malley August 1, 2014 / 10:03 am

      I love just about anybody who follows and may even read my blog, but I was following far too many blogs to even glance at their content, no less engage in meaningful relationships. Glenn2point0 (aka Glenn Archibald) may be more selective than I in paring down the list of blogs he follows. Glenn, Dyane Harwood and I are all trying to get the list of blogs we follow under control, down to a manageable, followable, and readable list, not down to an exclusive club. I, like you, appreciate what you endearingly call “lurkers.” 😉 Hopefully, anyone exposed to my content may benefit from it. That is my intent. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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  2. sagedoyle July 31, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    I tend to go to the blogs who come to mine. It’s the way I’m able to keep up the best in the blogging community. I visit blogs via my email “like” notifications, very rarely through my reader. So I consider myself quite active in terms of visiting blogs, but not so active when it comes to comments. I rarely leave comments. Usually because I can’t think of anything interesting to say unless it’s point blank like this comment here lol

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 31, 2014 / 8:00 pm

      No need to leave a comment if you’ve nothing more to add. Here I added a possibly unnecessary reply. So is it in the blogosphere.

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      • sagedoyle August 1, 2014 / 4:01 am

        lol well all right then. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Sandy Sue July 30, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    Most of my subscribers are spam. That’s okay. I’ve made plenty of wonderful friends here. Just wish I could delete the deadwood.

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 30, 2014 / 10:01 pm

      Interesting. I haven’t even gotten around to closely examining MY subscribers. I’ve been too busy paring down the number of blogs I subscribed to. Now I have another task to undertake. 😉

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      • Sandy Sue July 31, 2014 / 3:49 am

        Only if you have DAYS to waste. And it’s depressing. Do yourself a favor and stay blissfully ignorant!

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  4. Mandi July 30, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    This used to bother me a lot but I’ve changed my views slightly. I’ve unfollowed blogs before when I’ve found that I just don’t relate all that much, so if I follow a blog it’s because I’m genuinely interested in keeping up with what the person has to say. “Keeping up” isn’t simple though. Sometimes I have energy, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I feel like I have something that might be constructive to add, sometimes I don’t feel like I have anything. “Like” isn’t easy for me. I wish there were a “Thinking about you” button or something like that, a different way to show support.

    There are 2-3 people who I have regular contact with through blogging, everyone else is hit and miss. Sometimes I’ll write something more personal but someone I don’t hear from regularly relates to it. Sometimes I’ll write something on a borderline topic and more than one have a different take. It’s really random. It’s extremely discouraging when I write something and the stats are low and I get little to no response. But I don’t think it means that those who are following me that didn’t respond don’t necessarily care, it could be any number of things. One definitely being that my post wasn’t the only they received that day.

    Thanks for sharing, I think this is something most bloggers think about at some point. Not an easy topic for sure.

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 30, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      Yes. I simply found myself overwhelmed by the number of blogs I was following. There were not enough hours in the day to read them all. I still follow more than I can read. There are so many, many great bloggers writing worthwhile content. You are right that the “Like” button is an odd way to respond to someone’s expression of pain, suffering, or rage. We do need something like Instagram’s heart icon. Love is always the appropriate response. Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully respond to this post. I appreciate it.

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  5. Wordsgood July 30, 2014 / 4:15 am

    It’s definitely a good point. Thank you for sharing it! 😊

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