Who are these people you see behind a pretty meaningless number in a cirle when you enter the stats of your WP page? Sometimes you just wonder who they are and why they decided to follow your blog, yours out of so many others blogs that can be found on the web. I’ve been wondering for long and I finally made up my mind.
This, guys, is just a little update to tell you what I did just in case I might have done some unintentional harm by my doings.
Just a few minutes ago I went through my followers list and removed all the people who I have never heard from, not through likes, not through comments or they just left a like or a few on posts I suppose they have never read. I genuinely don’t like people who follow me just for a follow-back. I never follow back anyway. I only follow when I am sure I caught up with what the blog had to offer and in that I will be reading the blog and its future updates. I do not follow the blogs I know I won’t be reading. I expect the same from everyone else. My motives are clear, I think. I will tell you now what followers are to me.
On the TS3 official site there is a my page and there you have “my friends”. When I first started using the site, I collected these friends, but then I realized I wanted them to really be my friends, for them to go along with the name the site has given them. Because some of these people were not even acquaintances, but just strangers in every sense of this word, because on the internet not everyone is a complete stranger. But they were to me. And hence I cleared off my friendslist and I only have people there who I want to keep a relationship with. I am not about the numbers, but about the connection.
Now, followers to me are what friends are. They are people who communicate with me and if they are shy, they leave likes and/or occasional comments. People who are obviously interested in other things than I am and who follow my blog just to follow and never really explore it are not friends. They are strangers. And hence why I have just gone through my followers and removed the people that obviously had no intention to try and develop a friendship with me. And if you are my friend, you are most certainly still there. If you discover you were removed and want to be friends with me, please refollow. It is a fair chance I removed someone who I didn’t mean to and for that I am sorry. And this is just an explanation in case you discover this at one point.
For the record, my followers count went from 80 to 31 (I left some people who I haven’t heard from for a long time, but they were there for me in the past and I genuinely hope they will come back one day). And I feel much better about it.
That is all I had to say. I will see you, guys, tomorrow for chapter 5.3!