People who have followed me for a while know that some days I get a bit wound up with this ‘ghost following’ stuff as I call it.
I had the little red blob and a ‘New Follower’ notification just now but there was no sign of an actual visit on my blog on the stats. So, being particularly grumpy as I put my effing back out again a couple of hours ago, I chose to single out this particular new ‘follower’ and respond today.
Of course, having a moan about it on my blog won’t do anyone any good because these people don’t actually visit your blog to see it. But it does help to let out some frustration over the back pain.
So that’s all good then.
Today I had a notification that you had followed my blog.
This was interesting as my blog has had one visit, one like and one comment today. These were all from the same person and that person wasn’t you.
So what I surmise from that is that you probably pressed Follow on my blog from the reader without actually visiting it, possibly in the hope that you will pick up a follower by return. Not even the courtesy of giving a post a ‘like’ at the same time.
On this occasion, you haven’t gained a follower back. However, your blog will be featuring on mine as a screenshot of this exact email titled ‘Why follower numbers are a crock of shit and how I actually respond when ghost ‘Follow’ notifications wind me up’ post soon.
Blogging can be so gratifying and I love it when even my scant amount of readers actually engage with the author and join in the fun. You might enjoy it if you did actually read some too.
Thanks for that.