6 Reasons People Unfollow Bloggers

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People have been unfollowing bloggers for years (And, people will continue to unfollow bloggers once blogs are still around).

The reasons why people unfollow bloggers will also vary from person to person.

So, without further ado, let us explore the reasons why people unfollow bloggers.

1.) Publishing Content Too Often

Some people will unfollow a blogger because they published content on their blog too often.

And, why is that the case?

Because if they subscribed to the blogger via email, they will receive email notifications every time they publish a blog post.

Also, if the person is a WordPress blogger, they would get annoyed if they saw too many post listings from their fellow blogger on their WordPress Reader.

Where I am concerned, I have never unfollowed a blogger because they updated their blog numerous times a day.

Why?

Because I believe that every blogger has the right to update their blog as often as they like.

Bloggers who engage in numerous daily prompts can safely get away with that sort of thing.

Have you ever unfollowed a blogger because they updated their blog too often?

2.) Failure To Interact With Other Bloggers

Believe it or not, there are bloggers who only publish content on their own blog and they have never made an effort to read the blog posts from their fellow bloggers.

Some bloggers have failed to realize that they are actually part of a blogging community (As a result of their flawed thinking, they only think that it is all about them and no one else).

I will admit, that a lot of us follow way too many bloggers (And, due to that fact, it takes us quite a while to interact with those bloggers that we followed a few months ago).

But if you followed a blogger approximately a year and a half ago, and they never made it a priority of theirs to check out your blog and interact with you, they do not truly care about you.

There was a female blogger whom I interacted with for over a year on a daily basis on her blog. She never made the time to peruse my blog posts, leave comments on any of blog posts or press the like button.

What did I do?

I unfollowed her blog!

Other people would lose their minds if a fellow blogger did not interact with them in a month’s time.

If I know that you have been active in the blogosphere and you did not take the time to interact with me during the period of one year and six months, I will unfollow your blog.

Have you ever unfollowed a fellow blogger because of their failure to check out your blog and interact with you during a given time period?

3.) They Discovered That The Blog Was Dormant For A Lengthy Period

There are people who have not updated their blog in over six months. They are the kind of people that make you wonder, “Is this person ever going to return to blogging?”

For the record, there are legitimate reasons for a person having their blog dormant; such as:

  • A person who is unable to update their blog due to poor health.
  • A person who is constantly travelling around the world.
  • A person who no longer has an electronic device to blog on or lacks an internet connection.

In most cases, the dormant blogs in the blogosphere are those that have been abandoned by their owners (The people that are no longer interested in updating their blog with fresh content).

I think that it is okay to unfollow a blog if nothing has been published on it for a period of two years.

People have lots of opinions pertaining to this one and I would not mind knowing yours.

4.) The Owner Of The Blog Made Drastic Changes

There are those instances where a blogger would be posting articles within a specific niche and they decided to switch their niche two months down the road (Some people would take offence to that sort of thing).

What is all the fuss about?

Well, if someone followed your blog because it was based on fixing cars and then all of a sudden, it is all about women’s perfume and makeup, they are going to lose interest.

In my case, I would not unfollow your blog because it changed its direction.

Why?

Because I am interested in numerous topics (And, that is one of the reasons why I deal with miscellaneous topics on my blog).

Besides, personal blogs have the freedom to deal with topics of a miscellaneous nature.

Whereas, business-related blogs must stick with a niche.

Have you ever unfollowed a blog due to drastic changes that the owner of the blog made?

5.) They Disagreed With The Blogger

Yes, my friend, there are people who will unfollow your blog because they disagreed with what you posted on your blog.

Do think about this for a moment: do you ever agree one hundred percent with whatever a good friend of yours says?

Of course not! There would be times when you would disagree with what that good friend of yours says at times.

Unfollowing a blogger because you disagreed with them is akin to severing your friendship with your good friend because you disagreed with their point of view.

Do keep in mind, that people have different opinions on the following topics:

  • Sexuality
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Culture
  • Technology

What a lot of us have failed to realize, is that a person has every right to express themselves on their blog (After all, it is their space on the web to share the things that they truly believe in).

I would like to state for the record, that hate speech, defamation of character and racial discrimination are unacceptable things (Things of that nature should not be published on blogs).

Have you ever unfollowed a blogger because you disagreed with them?

6.) They Realized That They Are Following Too Many Bloggers

There are bloggers who will begin unfollowing bloggers if they suddenly realize that they are following too many of them.

Why?

Because they know that there is no way on God’s green Earth, that they are going to find the time to visit six thousand blogs.

Some people find it rather difficult to visit one hundred blogs and read the content that was posted on them (Much less six thousand blogs).

It may have started off with good intentions and then things grew out of control; you followed everyone who followed you and now you are having a hard time keeping up with all of those blogs that you followed.

My rule of thumb is to only follow a number of blogs that you know that you will have the time to interact with.

Have you ever unfollowed a blog due to the fact that you were following too many bloggers?

Final Thoughts

People do unfollow blogs for some interesting reasons.

As you have learned, people unfollow blogs because:

  • They get highly annoyed when bloggers publish content too often.
  • Some of their fellow bloggers did not take the time to interact with them.
  • They noticed that a blog that they are following has been dormant for quite a long period.
  • They discovered that the owner of the blog made drastic changes.
  • They disagreed with what a blogger posted.
  • They came to the realization that they are following too many blogs.

Please let me know what you think of those reasons for unfollowing bloggers.

And, most of all, thank you for reading!

127 thoughts on “6 Reasons People Unfollow Bloggers

  1. Very right reasons, Renard, I have also unfollowed a few blogs because they were posting too often and I kind of felt very bad when I couldn’t read their work or other’s, for that matter. I’ve also unfollowed blog when the blogger is unresponsive for far too long. Therefore, to avoid the sticky situation, now I only follow those blogs which I am 110% sure that I’d like to read.
    Great post, cheers πŸ™‚

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  2. I’ve found since being on here that most don’t comment on posts so it’s very hard to interact with people or get to know them at all..so all it takes is for THEM to have a bad day and they unfollow.. They actually don’t see the person or even care… I think most are here just to express themselves rather than interact..and it’s all about SELF as you say…Very interesting post…. Thank YOU πŸ™πŸ»

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  3. I have unfollowed a couple of blogs in the past because I found they did not interact when I was leaving comments.
    I have also unfollowed because it lay dormant for 6 months, or more. So with no post to say there were having a break I unfollowed.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Liz, I also hate it when other bloggers do not respond to the comments that I made in the comments section of their blogs.

      Most people that I know would unfollow a blog if it has been dormant for six months (Especially if the owner of the blog did not mention anything to their readers about taking a hiatus).

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. You’re welcome Renard.

        I know there are going to be a few more blogs in the next month or two that I follow, that are getting to their 6 month mark of being quiet. So if it remains like that, I will be unfollowing further unfortunately.

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  4. Super post and I have to say I have unfollowed a blogger because of too many emails/posts and bloggers that I have been loyal too for quite a while who has only once or twice checked my post. I think they only did that because they felt maybe they should but then didn’t after that nothing. It’s not that they have too but it would be nice especially since I don’t post often. Thanks friend.

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  5. If I’m following someone and their posts are too frequent (As in 3 or 4 a day) and my email gets full I change my notifications for their blog. I then read them in the Reader.
    It’s always interesting for me to read other people’s opinions. Thank you for sharing this.

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  6. Spot on, Renard! I realised I was following over 400 blogs at one point, and with trying to focus on my own blog, my health and voluntary jobs, I just couldn’t keep up. I’ve whittled it down to just under 200 now which includes a variety of how often bloggers publish a new post. It does hurt when I’ve left a meaningful comment, only then to not receive a response. I promised myself that if anyone ever left comments on my post, then I will always reply (even if it is a few days later).

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      1. Indeed, the only things that stop me from responding to comments straight away is if I have a nap (which I do a lot) and my health. But I could never ignore someone.

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  7. Even if someone had a different opinion, if they are respectful, I wouldn’t unfollow them because I disagreed. I think I may have unfollowed bloggers in the past because I was shocked by their prolific use of bad language or the insulting terms they used about people. It left me feeling very uncomfortable to see their posts. So I thought I should following because it was not to a positive use of the WordPress platform.

    I wouldn’t be overly concerned with too many other factors. There are a small handful of bloggers I unfollowed because they were publishing between 10-20 posts a day. But I bookmarked their sites. Now I check their sites on a regular basis and read any of their posts that look appealing to me. I know some bloggers reblog a lot. It can be a little annoying, but I just skip reading reblogs when I know I have read the original post from the original blogger.

    I read everything in the Reader nowadays. I hardly ever look at anyone’s site. (Except Song-Lyric-Sunday and Share-Your-World posts, which I access through their pingback on the host’s post (Jim is SLS and Melanie is SYW).

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  8. There have been a few blogs I unfollowed because it felt like they were hijacking my Reader feed. These were people posting 15+ times a day.

    I’ll automatically unfollow anyone who does a post that stigmatizes mental illness or promotes victim-blaming, especially with regards to sexual assault. The blogger can post what they wish, but I’m not interested in reading it.

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  9. Excellent post! I agree with you about not unfollowing because of difference in opinions or points of view. We are bloggers and would be wonderful if we were more open minded and more accepting of diversity. Respect and admiration for all of you.
    Do not feel discourage though, about people not interacting much. If you persist commenting on some blogs, you will find 2 or 5 nice blogger who give back and build a nice virtual niche. Sometimes it takes a little time.

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  10. I’ve never unfollowed anyone, but I did have a blogger unfollow me after I replied to one of her comments with, “Let’s agree to disagree.” I guess she didn’t like that. Great post as usual, Renard. This newbie has learned a lot about blogging from you. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  11. I don’t usually un-follow anyone … but … if they no longer blog, or I’ve not had any response whatsoever to my comments on theirs after many tries, I will. There was one person who I liked their poetry, but they started posting graphic photos of themselves, so I un-follwed in a hurry.
    One time WP said I had too many I followed (which I really didn’t – is there a limit?) so until I deleted some, I couldn’t follow any more.
    Good points you have here! πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ€” Hmm. This is all new to me. I do not think that WordPress limits the number of people that we follow under normal circumstances. However, if we follow too many blogs in a short space of time, the algorithm may view it as spammy behaviour.

      This question is one that is perfect for the WordPress Forum.

      Thank you for your participation!

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      1. I think at the time I only had maybe 200 I was following. It was time for a clear out of those no longer blogging anyway, so I deleted enough I guess, so I was able to follow some more current bloggers. It was strange though, that I’d get a notice like that.
        Thanks for all your helpful information about blogging, Renard. πŸ™‚

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  12. 1) I followed quite a few writing/blogging blogs and their posts flooded into my feed every hour and it was very difficult for me to find other bloggers’ published post hence I unfollowed them.
    3) Some of the bloggers I followed haven’t been updated for months and I don’t think they’ll be coming back πŸ˜‚. Sad but bloggers on average don’t last long.

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  13. The reasons r right…but I never unfollowed any blog ever, though want to unfollow only one of the blogs but then other half of my mind refuses giving some reasons. And I try to interact with fellow bloggers as far as I can do atleast I go through their content and like if not able to comment.

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  14. I realize I’m often guilty of number two, not by lack of wanting to interact, but generally over lack of time! It is definitely something I am trying to improve on! Interesting post!

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  15. One thing I noticed is some of the comments I post never get displayed in the comment section.I always wonder it must be going into the spam folder of the writer.And I feel the authour should check his spam folder ( from dash board ) periodically and tick NOT SPAM.I do check my spam folder periodically and bring back genuine comments back to comment box.
    Renard Moreau,do you have any idea on what basis WP decides even genuine comments as spam?
    Thanks again for another brilliant post !

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    1. πŸ™‚ Well, it certainly has a lot to do with Akismet’s algorithm. Sometimes it is accurate and at other times it is not.

      Like you, I do check the designated spam area with the intention of finding false positives.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  16. I’ve turned off all email alerts of all blogs I follow except for one that I consider a good friend but she only posts very occasionally. Instead I rely on the WP reader to check the blogs I follow.

    I’ve never unfollowed someone just because they didn’t check out my blog as sometimes I like the person’s blog or opinions, but it can get annoying if people don’t ever bother to interact with you especially if you comment on their posts.

    Great post, there’s always many reasons people unfollow blogs we just have to hope that more choose to follow than unfollow.

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  17. I do unfollow bloggers who do not respond to mine or other comments left on their blog posts, but I’ve never unfollowed anybody just because they do not follow my blog. For me, it’s all about the content. If they are publishing content, I enjoy reading and which I leave the occasional comment on, then regardless of whether they follow my blog or not, I will continue to follow and support their blog.

    If a blog is dormant for more than 9 months, I will also unfollow it (usually when I am doing my twice-yearly housekeeping of the blogs I am following).

    I don’t unfollow bloggers who publish blog posts more than once a day, but I do turn off email notifications from them. As WordPress compresses their posts on the WordPress reader, I can then decide which of their posts to read (if I have the time to get to the WP Reader).

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  18. Usually because the person can’t seem to stop in and visit my site once i a while. Not everyone wants to talk about history, but if a person isn’t interested – why follow me? I don’t have the time to be reading blogs who can’t even spare a Like once in a while – there’s a lot more on my site besides war.
    But I won’t even follow someone who clicks on 20 of my posts their first time there – and it turns out they do it in a matter of 90 seconds. If you can’t take the time to read just one post – don’t clog up my email!! It doesn’t impress me.

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  19. Hi, Renard. Another very useful post. I certainly feel overwhelmed by the number of e-mails received regarding the blogs I follow. I have unfollowed a very small number of blogs that I was unhappy about. I am increasingly coming to the realisation that I maybe following too many blogs. Consequently, for the present, I have adopted a scanning strategy, different for each day of the week, to assist me; leaving the weekend for very limited primary interests; which in turn gives me more time released. I have also become very aware that I maybe posting far too often; this, I am in the process of resolving through publishing, daily, less frequently.I confess that I never considered the possibility; that, other bloggers maybe annoyed by receiving constant e-mails regarding my publishing history; even though, as I stated in my introductory sentence that I felt overwhelmed.Time to act I think. Have a great day. Goff

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  20. I go through the blogs I follow once in a while and those who haven’t posted for over 6 month I may unfollow. What annoys me is when bloggers posts to much. No one is that interesting to post multiple times as day and I don’t feel comfortable with that (this is of course my opinion!) Or when they don’t write posts themselves and the posts only contain links to articles for example. On the other hand I would not unfollow when they don’t interact with me because I may still like to read their content.

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  21. I will admit I unfollow bloggers if they post too often. There was times when I’d get 10 – 15 emails a day from one blog and I’d prefer my email not blow up just from a couple blogs.

    I also thought reason #2 was interesting. I try my best to give back on the interaction I receive, but when I get a couple hundred likes per post it can make it kind of difficult to do that. I try to visit as many blogs as possible and this post definitely encouraged to put more effort into now.

    Great post!

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  22. My guidelines for myself – I unfollow if there is a major change in the content of the blog and there are no longer similar interests, the blogger hasn’t posted for 2 months (there are exceptions if I know the reason), no interaction with my blogs, they share only links, they share only quotes, bloggers that post too often.

    I try to read and comment as much as time permits. I am currently following 430 bloggers and getting ready to trim that down. You know, you can turn off receiving an email rather than unfollow.

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  23. These are very valid reasons of why people unfollow bloggers. I’ve always practiced treat others how you wish to be treated. I know many people don’t share that thought. Have I unfollowed anyone? Yes. If I take the time from my busy schedule to pen a few words in a comment I feel it’s only polite for the other person to respond if only with an emoji thank you. If a blog is stagnant (six months is a good timespan) then yes I’ll unfollow. Too many posts from the same blogger can become bothersome; however, we do have the option to bypass posts in the Reader. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  24. All good points and very interesting comments from fellow bloggers! I like interaction so I’m sometimes tempted by point 2. Another reason I’d consider is when posts have little or no structure and are too long.

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  25. Unfollow was your first example for the reasons you stated. I can flip it or be me and constantly post yet at the same time I do read as much as I can from you. You are my teachers.
    The second example….forgot, but you do love me and follow or unfollow

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    1. πŸ™‚ Apparently, you have taken my words out of context.

      The number one reason for people unfollowing a blogger is that they think that they post too often.

      I have stated in my article, “Where I am concerned, I have never unfollowed a blogger because they updated their blog numerous times a day.”

      The second example pertains to interacting with other bloggers.

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            1. πŸ™‚ You said in your comment that you forgot what the second example was.

              If you are taking things out of context, it would be wise to re-read the part that you misunderstood (In this case, I am referring to the blog post).

              And, I am deeply appreciative of your interaction.

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  26. Hey Renard,
    Hope you had a great weekend.
    I agree they are the common reasons. There is one reason where I believe blogs can face a set back: posting content in different language with out the translation. πŸ™‚
    Have a great Monday 🎊

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  27. I think are pretty good points. I personally never unfollowed any blogger. I try my best to read as much as I can…honestly I wish I could see a list of blogs I follow in WP…any idea if there is the possibility?

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your point of view.

      In order for you to see a list of blogs that you follow, you will need to go to the WordPress Reader; once you are there, you will need to click the “Manage” tab on “Followed Sites”; which is located at the top position of the WordPress Reader.

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      1. Thank you very much Renard! I’m blogging for more than 1.5 years and I did not know where to find the list of blogs I follow. Every time I needed to search in my reader for them πŸ€ͺ Thank you! Very appreciated! 😊

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  28. When people fail to interact with me, especially when I leave positive comments on their posts, I click the unfollow button. It’s a waste of my time to follow a ghost. Also, I unfollow those who post more content than I have time to read and have to scroll for five minutes before I can finally read someone else’s post. That’s annoying to me. I only follow blogs that I can keep up with and those that hold my interest.

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  29. A great post Renard – l cannot say l never unfollow, but l can say l never unfollow just for the sake of it as some bloggers do – l at times find the reasons for unfollows to be quite fickle at times – but there are ways around not unfollowing – but each to their own is the main motto or credo to follow.

    Since September 2017 – January 2020 from start to current l have with deliberation unfollowed one blog because of their feelings towards me which they expressed in a poem directed at me which was quite scornful – l didn’t unfollow them upon seeing that, l emailed them and asked why they were so hurtful towards me? They answered but they were sorry but they refused to take it down based on its ‘art element’ l guess. The hurt was aimed at me because as a noob to any kind of blogging in March 2018 l was still learning about the etiquettes in WP and all this time later l see that my err in their eyes wasn’t actually an err at all. But after much debate six months later as there was no interaction between us, l unfollowed. But l thought the unfollow out very thoroughly.

    In my ‘management tab’ l at times see ‘greyed entries of avatars that apparently follow me and after reesearch l discover these are bloggers that are now ghosts, and no longer have sites. So l unfollow the greyed out bloggers and perform a scan once every eight weeks.

    Other than that, l don’t actually unfollow anyone. We can reduce the amount of notifications we receive through our emails if that worries readers.

    I am unfollowed by people quite a bit, it’s the way of life you/we/they are never going to please everyone at once, so it’s a case of just getting on with it – people unfollow people in real life too over sometimes the most silliest of notions.

    Great post.

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  30. Interesting Renard,I think I write for myself and if others find it of interest than that is a pleasure for me. I like the interactions and it is such a huge world out there that I will never see so it is a way for e to connect.

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  31. I’ve tried to mainly only follow blogs in the reader because my email becomes too cluttered. I’ve unfollowed blogs for mainly the 3rd reason mentions but I’ve also reached to bloggers who I really enjoyed reading to get an answer into their departure. I have an offline friend who I made an exception to and kept his year long dormant site on active follow until I asked him about in person and with all the overtime he does he is too burned out to blog.

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