You’d think people would take a hint…
When I started writing this blog, I never imagined that I would have any followers. It was just a private journal that I had started. But slowly, it started to grow! I had about 1500 followers a few years ago. And I LOVED it! I was obsessed with my stats the first few years, but then I started to realize that the number of followers didn’t really mean all that much when only a handful were engaging in the posts that I was writing.
If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember that a few years ago, I spent the days between Christmas and New Years deleteing all the people in my followers who I didn’t engage with or who didn’t engage in my blog in a meaningful way.
That simple act of like 6 hours spread over a few days of deleting my 1500 down to 60-something was eye opening. It really changed how I viewed my blog and the people who are reading it.
Before, I’d never even consider the idea that I would personally remove someone from my followers. Yet now its actually common practice. I value the people who engage in my blog and love those interactions.
Except when you get a follower who you delete and they just keep coming back. I think its a serious downfall of the WordPress platform. Because I have been dealing with this blogger for MONTHS.
And it’s not that this person has done anything horrible, I just don’t enjoy interacting with them. I don’t follow their blog, I don’t enjoy replying to their comments, their comments rarely ever fit the actual point of my posts.
So about 6 months ago a few of you gave me some suggestions. I had already stopped interacting with the comments left by the blogger a few months earlier. Then I was taught how to block the comments from this blogger, which I did. So comments go to spam. And then I removed the follower from my list of people who follow this blog.
Now you’d think that would be enough! But let me tell you it hasn’t been. I had a nice month or so of nothing from this blogger. Then they followed again. So I removed again. And so the cycle has continued every few weeks since August. They refollow, I take them off. Over and over. Liking posts whenever they discover that they have missed a few because I have taken them off the list. Now they don’t re-follow, they just like the posts.
So here is my request: stop it. There has been ZERO interaction with you since the spring, I have removed you no less than 10 times, yet you keep coming back. Its enough already. Just stop.
I wish there was a block button on WordPress because this is exhausting.