I wanted to reveal the environment that we’re in here a WordPress when it comes to Follows. Everyone here at WordPress blogs for a reason. Some to make friends, others to follow their passion, or just as a hobby. The list can go on and on. But one of the things I’ve also noticed is that us bloggers all tend to have our own opinions and beliefs when it comes to likes, follows, and views. And I’m sure some of you will want to turn me into a martyr for this post, but these are only my beliefs and opinions! We all have a right to our own opinions, right? Ok, now that my little rant is over, let’s begin😊.
Everyone puts their own importance on follows. Follows are a good thing. It can mean that someone took interest in your writing and followed you to get your latest work in their reader. But here at WordPress, I’m seeing a really interesting pattern. I’ve noticed that someone can have 8,000 follows and only 200 likes or less on each post. Why does this disturb me? Because I’m more accustomed to the YouTube format where vloggers numbers match up better. Bloggers numbers seem to have a major gap😕. Now depending on your purpose for blogging will the gap make a difference to you. But if you’re trying to make a career out of your blog, that’s not a good thing; especially if you don’t get much traffic either on social media. As the years go by, I would expect the numbers to even out some. But, if you’ve been on WordPress for a short amount of time, and your follows don’t match your likes or views, that makes more sense because it takes time to gain a loyal fan base. But, it also means that you have a lot of empty follows. What are empty follows? When you get a follow from someone who is a follow collector. What is a follow collector? A follow collector is someone who follow you in return for your follow, then you never see or hear from them again. These are terms I’ve made up myself by the way😊. ( At least I think😕)
I personally have no problem with follow collectors. I think collecting follows can become an entertaining hobby/sport. There’s a sense of achievement and a rewarding sensation that comes with it. That’s why video games are so popular😄! We as humans crave that sense of reward and achievement. And technically it is a game. It’s a game of how many follows you can get in a short amount of time. Sometimes in the WordPress community, we try to beat each other’s record. But, there’s a down side to that. You are left with bloggers who are passionate about their work and long for genuine follows. I’ve noticed follow collecting has become a trend. But it’s not really a healthy trend. Why? Because you end up blogging on a platform that’s hard to take serious. Also, another problem is when people talk about their achievement in follows, it creates envious bloggers, and envious bloggers can turn into collectors. Why? Because some people naturally crave challenge and competition. So the blogger who was once a passionate writer, is now screaming behind the computer screen, ” The challenge is on!” So how do we even take WordPress or bloggers serious when it’s full of collectors? And please don’t say people should be able to freely share their achievement. I totally agree with you! I’m always cheering on and congratulating bloggers. Follows are an achievement and it can also take hard work. So You should! I’m simply letting you know what happens sometimes as a result!😳
My main points of this post is the following:
- Everyone at WordPress blog for their own reasons
- WordPress bloggers have a major gap in follows/ likes/views
- This is the result of follow collectors
- Follow collecting can become a entertaining sport/game/hobby
- But it can result in a lot of empty follows
- This is not good for passionate writers
- It’s hard to take this platform serious or bloggers serious when everyone is turning into follow collectors.
Give me your feedback. Do you think WordPress has turned into a game? Are you a follow collector? Or do you think you have fallen victim of follow collectors? Do you agree or disagree with me? And a lot of us here are adults, so we can disagree without being rude. This is supposed to be a stimulating fun conversation amongst us bloggers😊! Leave in the comment section👇
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