My brain wires are currently in a great mess because my little experiment just went KA-BOOMZ! In the last week, I’ve (not so) purposefully vanished from the blog, to test the effects of a lazy blogger. My result? The Unfollowing Ninjas.
I started with 321 followers last week and on my return, only 319 remained. I had a mental war with myself and let’s face it, as much as we try to convince ourselves that numbers =/= readers, they are the quantifiable measure of our influence, they are every bit of our hard work and they hurt our ego SO BAD.
I hid in a corner and wept from dawn to dusk (nah, kidding! xD) before I started thinking: Yeah, why would they do that to me? So I’ve compiled Top 5 Reasons why I get unfollowed silently like ninjas… And maybe you’ll find it helpful!
Top 5 Reasons (Excuses) for Unfollows:
1. Follow for Follow / Follow for Giveaways
When I first started blogging, I quickly signed up as a member on Book Blogs and hopped on the Follow for Follow wagon. It’s the fastest way to gain followers, AND the fastest way to lost them because your followers don’t feel attached to you. They follow out of duty and if one day they decide to go on some Unfollow Spree, you’re the first to go. #true story
2. EEE!! She never updates!
I bookmark quite a number of blogs on my iPad to view them 93647 times a day… And I expect something new every visit! A favourite blogger of mine took a break last August, and promised to be back by September, so I waited, and waited and waited. I waited till October, then November then December and then, I’ll assume you never come back.
3. Ouch, that hurts.
Both literally, and figuratively. Some blogs have terrible colour combinations, cluttered widgets, and overly gothic interfaces that scare me off the moment the page loads. Imagine: Skulls for books and blood thirsty vampires grinning maliciously at you while you try reading a post, is that even possible? Figurative-wise, if bloggers are offensive, or their book reviews are mostly for *coughs* mature readers, then I know I’m not welcome :P
I subscribe to many blogs and I receive updates for every new post: Pictures of grass, of dogs on the grass, of dogs doing something on the grass… Anyway! My point is, if your post is not special enough to stand out, then it’s spam to me.
5. The jumbled mess called my feeder.
Kelly from Radiant Shadows posted her new year resolutions, which included cleaning up her feeder, and what’s the best way to do that? Unfollow! I plead guilty of unfollowing too– going through my list of followings and removing those that do not suit my fancy because I want to zoom my attention on posts that I care about.
Let’s talk: I’m not an expert in this area so share with me which reasons do you agree/disagree with? Do you get frustrated with yourself when you get Unfollowing Ninjas too? Leave a comment!