Following, as it relates to a blog, is weird. Of course, blogging unto itself is weird.
When I first began blogging, on the BLOGGER format software, I found there was a means by which a person could be alerted to a new blog post via their email. Following. And, after I changed over to WordPress, I noticed a similar function.
It was an amusing and interesting way a blogger can determine who likes what he shares, and enumerated those who do. Ego gratifying – certainly. Look! I’ve another follower, today!
When I left the BLOGGER format, Guffaw in AZ had 48 followers. Pretty cool for someone who had no expectation of an interested (or any) readership! And most of these folks seemed to be fellow-travellers. Like-minded folk – libertarians, gun guys (and gals). People whose sense of humor was a little off (?) But then I moved to WordPress.
WordPress bloggers seem to be a whole different animal. Not all who came by to read and follow are like-minded travellers. The protocol seems to be – pick up on a stray post, perhaps not the usual twisted, tin-foil hatted, armed kind, and based on that stray post alone, decide to follow me.
And have expectations of reciprocal following! Look, I’m following you, you’d better follow me! Some kind of schoolyard paradigm.
I don’t do that. I prefer using my blogroll, blogs saved in my bookmarks and TGBBL as my guides. And, I’ve lost some ‘fair-weather followers’ as a result.
I don’t care.
As of this writing, I’ve 140 followers! I suspect about half of which are from my original blog – libertarians, carnivores, gun guys and gals, or folks leaning that way. The others? Perhaps tofu-ingesting statists? I’ve no idea.
But, I’m still surprised.