Are You Picky About The Type Of People That Follow Your Blog?

Most bloggers that I know, enjoy it whenever their blog gains a new follower; only a small percentage of them are concerned about the type of people that follow their blog.

My friend, John (the man behind Las Vegas Photoblog) does not like it when business-related bloggers follow his blog; he removes them from his list of followers whenever they follow his blog.

John believes that business-related bloggers do not have a genuine interest in his blog posts and the only thing that they really care about is selling him all sorts of stuff.

Hey, John, I clearly understand your decision for wanting nothing to do with business-related bloggers (Over ninety percent of them are not really keen on interacting with personal bloggers).

So, should you and I be picky about the types of people that follow our blog?

Almost Anyone Is Free To Follow My Blog

It is very rare that I would remove a follower from my list of followers.

However, back in 2020, I removed a follower because his blog was one that promoted an article spinning software (The last thing that I wanted was him stealing one of my blog posts and running it through his article spinning software).

For the record, I do check out the blogs of every single blogger that follows my blog (Provided that they have an active blog and it is not listed as Private).

Normally, I do not have any problem whatsoever with strangers following my blog.

And, in my case, I am quite okay with business-related bloggers following my blog (To be honest, I would only follow a small percentage of business-related bloggers; thus ignoring a large percentage of them).

Those Foreign Language Bloggers That Follow Me Tend To Leave Me On High Alert

I am sure that most of you had the experience of a foreign language blogger following your blog.

At the time, you probably wondered, “Does this person know how to speak English?”

Now, in spite of their blog posts being in their mother tongue, there are those who are quite fluent in the English Language and there are those who are learning how to communicate using the English Language.

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that there are bloggers who speak and write in more than one language.

One of my followers from Pakistan commented on a few of my blog posts in English.

So, it does not necessarily mean that a person is unable to communicate in English because all of their blog posts are in a foreign language.

A foreign language blogger that follows your blog may arouse a bit of suspicion, but in all fairness, we have to assume that they can read and speak the English Language.

The Silent Follower Makes Me Scratch My Head

The silent follower is someone who followed your blog and does not make any sort of effort to read any of your blog posts or communicate with you via the comments section of your blog. They are the ones that leave us wondering, “Why the hell did they follow my blog in the first place?”

In most instances, they mean well. They are probably following way too many blogs; as a result, they find it most difficult to peruse and interact with a large percentage of the bloggers that they are following.

There is also the probability of the silent follower being a very shy person (We all know that very shy people would rather keep to themselves).

Most of us would view the silent follower as a proverbial dead weight.

Also, it would be somewhat unfair to remove such people from our list of followers.

Why?

Because we would be denying them an opportunity to interact with our blog in the near future.

The Follower That Reblogs Almost Everyone Of Your Blog Posts But Never Publishes One Of Their Own

I currently have a follower whose entire blog is comprised of reblogged posts from numerous people (I am making an educated guess that you have someone who fits the exact description among your list of followers).

While I do not find this behaviour annoying, I certainly wished that they would gain the courage to publish a blog post of their own.

On a positive note, reblogged articles help the original creator of the work to acquire a bit of recognition.

You and I both know that there are people who hate other people reblogging their blog posts without their permission.

If you are the type of person who does not mind the thought of other bloggers reblogging your work, they will most likely remain on your list of followers.

However, if you are the type of person who hates people reblogging your work, you will ask the person to remove the content from their site and you would make it a priority of yours to remove them from your list of followers and unfollow them.

For the record, I do not mind other bloggers reblogging my work (If I disliked the idea of other bloggers reblogging my work, I would have disabled the Reblog button on Renard’s World).

The Follower That Starts World War 3 In Your Blog’s Comment Section

Most bloggers usually have well-behaved followers.

However, there are those rare instances when a follower may choose to be cantankerous; they may be polite to you, but they go out of their way to start a fight with the other commenters that they disagree with.

The last thing that any blogger wants is to see World War 3 taking place in their blog’s comment section.

Now, that sort of thing will never transpire on the blog of a blogger who has set the comments on their blog to be manually approved.

But those people (myself included) who have set comments to appear without approval could end up seeing commenters having a heated battle with each other.

To make sure that this sort of thing never happens, I created a Commenting Policy page for my blog (So far, things have worked out in my favour).

Removing a cantankerous person from your list of followers is not going to prevent them from misbehaving via your blog’s comment section.

Why?

Because, most likely, they would have memorized your blog’s URL.

The most that you can do is to give them a gentle warning (And, if that does not work, you can block them via the settings in your dashboard area).

The Follower Who Presses “Like” On Every Comment In Your Blog’s Comment Section

Imagine yourself having eighty-four comments (your blog post received lots of engagement from your blogging community) and one of your followers comes along and presses the Like tab on all of them.

Okay, I will admit that it is possible for a blogger to be genuinely pleased with every single comment in your blog’s comment section.

However, I have a sneaky suspicion, that the follower who presses the Like tab (the tiny-looking star) underneath every comment in your blog’s comment section is looking to gather attention from all of those people that commented on your blog posts.

That, my friend, is not the type of behaviour that annoys the hell out of me, but it is certainly one that arouses my suspicion.

The Follower Who Publishes Countless Blog Posts Daily

Most of us have followed bloggers that followed us (Especially those people who publish the types of topics that we are genuinely interested in).

I have stated on numerous occasions that I am quite okay with seeing numerous posts from a single blogger via the feed of my WordPress Reader (That sort of thing usually sends the average WordPress blogger into a frenzy).

What pisses me off is that they are able to find the time to publish nineteen blog posts daily, but they are unable to find the time to check out my blog posts (And, the only time that they interacted with my blog was six months ago — the time period when they followed my blog).

Hey, if you do not interact with me, I would consider saying, “Goodbye,” to you.

A lot of bloggers would not think twice about unfollowing that type of blogger.

One might also be tempted to take the extreme route — one that involves removing the person that has not visited their blog in six months’ time from their list of followers.

The Follower That Uses Your Blog’s Comment Section To Promote Their Own Blog

I had followers in the past that left the link to their blog’s website address at the end of their comment.

What did I do?

I simply removed the link to their blog’s website address.

Why?

Because by default, their blog’s website address is attached to their Gravatar profile (This allows you to visit their blog’s homepage whenever you click on their name in your blog’s comment section).

Final Thoughts

Whether or not we are the type of person who is picky about the people that follow our blog, we can get an insight into their personality by:

  • Reading their blog’s About page.
  • Reading a portion of their blog posts.
  • Reading through their blog’s comment section.

One must always keep in mind, that followers are not perfect due to the fact that they are human beings (They have flaws like everyone else).

The good news is that most followers do not pose a problem for our blog.

However, we would need to take drastic action if they were caught doing the following things:

  • Spamming the hell out of our comment section.
  • Picking fights with other followers of our blog via our blog’s comment section.
  • Publishing our content without our permission.

So, have you ever removed a person from your list of followers?

And, are you picky when it comes to the type of people that follow your blog?

Please feel free to discuss these issues via my blog’s comment section.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you here again on Renard’s World.

178 thoughts on “Are You Picky About The Type Of People That Follow Your Blog?

  1. In my almost 10 years of blogging minus an about 3 year hiatus, I never removed someone from following my blog. However, comments are a different story. I have in the past blocked many from commenting on a blog for being spammy.

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  2. Thank you for mentioning my blog, Renard! I do remove those businesses and suspicious sites fairly frequently these days. This keeps the follower count more accurate in my view. There’s a notice of removal in the sidebar, but they don’t read it or don’t care.

    I used to publish six or more times per day, but that has changed. No posts as yet today, have other things to do. If a blog doesn’t have an About page, I will probably navigate away from that blog. Every blogger needs an About page, period.

    Not speaking or writing in English is OK, no problems with communication via the Translate link in the sidebar. But there are blogs from certain countries that seem to usually be just spam accounts so they are deleted. Happy weekend, Renard!

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, John. I felt the urge to mention your blog because you are one of the few people that care about what type of blogger follows their blog (You are the inspiration behind this blog post).

      I also agree that every blogger needs an “About” page; I believe that it is a very important aspect of one’s blog.

      Your blog is one that deals with photography. I believe that you can safely get away with publishing blog posts numerous times a day.

      Also, I am not 100% sure that translation software can do true justice to a person’s blog post.

      Thank you so kindly for reading and commenting!

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      1. Thanks so much, Renard! i agree, the translations are not always accurate but you can get the idea. My blo is a bit of a niche’ I guess but I enjoy running the blog. I’ve scaled back the number of daily uploads now.

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  3. I check every follower, remove the ones that are no longer active (black names on the list of followers), and am one of the ‘silent’ ones — watching, scanning, laughing, learning, but not always interacting (recent shoulder surgery makes it hard to get involved with every post).
    And I authorise every comment.

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  4. You always have really interesting topics! Get ready for a rant…
    Firstly, I have noticed that there are the sharks that come in and comment a lot, like a few of your posts then disappear into the ether as soon as you’ve followed back. I personally try to follow back everyone who follows me because I’ve learned that blogging is a two way street. There’s a reader and the writer, but the reader may be looking to the writer for support with their own writing. I get that it’s insanely difficult to go through every single post in the reader, but completely ghosting once you get a follow is quite disappointing.
    Secondly, the sites that post more than once a day. I have a full time job, a busy toddler and I’m in a fairly new marriage. There is no way I can change my 2 hour days into thirteen week days. I don’t condone those who post that frequently, but I tend to skip over the content and only pick the ones with titles that interest me.
    Lastly, the business blogs… I don’t remove them, I just don’t follow back because like you rightly said, they aren’t really interested in personal bloggers’ content. I also find that these are the ones that post a gazillion times a day.
    😅 There’s more… but I’ll stop 🙈

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    1. 🙂 Shelly, I was really enjoying that rant of yours (It is a pity that you had to end it).

      Now, while following everyone that follows you may seem like the right thing to do, it adds a huge burden; for example, there will come a time when you will be unable to check out the blogs of all of those people that are following you (This happens when you have a huge amount of people following your blog).

      Realistically speaking, you can only read blog posts from a certain amount of people daily.

      I genuinely believe that bloggers should follow blogs that they are sincerely interested in.

      I also hate it when I reciprocate a follow and the person unfollows me after.

      And, you are right about blogging being a two-way street.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective!

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      1. Gosh I hate that you always have a lesson to teach me that I don’t particularly want to learn. You’re right about not being able to truly support the bloggers whose sites I’m interested in if I continue to follow back every Tom, Dick and Harry. I’d always seen it as supporting other bloggers but I hadn’t thought about the negative aspect. Thanks again for the hard lesson 🙈

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  5. I’m quite particular about who I’ll follow, and I doon’ hesitate to blacklist people from commenting, but removing unsavoury followers seems like an exercise in futility.

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  6. I have only ever removed one blogger from following. That blogger was a liker on the same post several times a day so for them to do that, they unliked, to like it again. It was dead weird.
    But what really got me and hence in a post that I labelled stalker, because that’s how it felt, I would remove that person several times a day and this lasted for months before it completely stopped. We are talking here that it must have got to a 3 figure number before it stopped in how many times I removed that one same person who kept coming back. Which also resulted me in removing the like button as well before hand.
    That person never left a comment.

    Otherwise, every other follower has been fine, whether commenting, or lurking.

    Yes, I have what looks like business blogs and other blogs that I think, seriously, why are they folliwing me? They have never liked, or commented. But I wouldn’t go about removing, as its no harm to me, then wasting time I don’t want to waste, by removing them.

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  7. Thank you Renard for your blog post. I read most of the blogs I follow and most times will not comment. However, pressing the like button is a recognition of your work. Some post written may not require a written response. Fortunately, I have not yet had to block anyone. Very good post.

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  8. I am picky about who I follow. I have a few exceptions though. If I have formed a personal connection with a blogger (eg. SnapChat, WhatsApp, email, pen-pal) for instance, I won’t unfollow them.

    I have removed followers in the past for being rude, sending hateful emails, or posting hateful comments on my blog posts. If it’s not tolerated by a principal at a school, then it’s not tolerated on my blog. I have also blocked spammers. Spam is not really an issue for me anymore since I have prevented ppl with just email from commenting. They must be a WP user in order to comment and they must get approval first in order to comment freely without future approval from me. If rules did not exist, blogging would be a mess.

    For example, I know someone who followed anyone who followed her and she ended up getting banned from WP because she followed too many bloggers. It’s a shame, but I guess WP suspected that she was being spammy.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for mentioning those things to me, Hilary.

      If a WordPress.com blogger follows too many people in a short time frame, they will be blocked by the algorithm (Unfortunately, I am unable to tell you what the time frame is).

      You were wise to deter spam from entering your comments thread.

      No one loves hateful comments; now, this one is tricky since people can be quite vocal when it comes to their opinions.

      People can communicate with each other without being disrespectful (Which is the most important thing when leaving comments in the comments threads of our fellow bloggers).

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      1. Hateful comments usually involve something inflammatory or intentionally hurtful. If someone disagrees with me, that’s totally fine. I don’t mind a friendly debate and follow ppl with different opinions/beliefs.

        But if someone calls me names and whatnot, then I will block. One time, I had to block one of your followers once because he left some very hateful/hurtful replies to one of the comments I left on your blog post.

        It really depends on the context and the tone that someone is using. And whether someone is being rude is entirely subjective too. At the end of the day, do what you gotta do and don’t feel bad about it. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.

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  9. Of every new follower, I visit their blog to see what it is all about.
    When the blog is not for me I remove the follower. And that happens at times and mostly it is a follower who has a business.

    When I don’t remove a follower that does not say I’ll follow that person too.
    With some of the followers who respond to my posts I try to interact at regular intervals. Or at least like it so that they know that I have read the post.

    I wish you and the partakers and their comments happy blogging in 2021.

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  10. Very interesting from a new bloggers perspective. I have little engagement in my comments sections right now and thought about the day when a few nasty comments come in what I would do. I like the reassurance/reminder that it is quite alright to rid of those uncalled for comments. Also, I love how you encourage an open conversation about it and have a comments policy in place too!

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  11. Hello Renard, thanks for another great topic to discuss. I have removed business bloggers and “adult” bloggers that I did not want to associate with from my followers. Each time I pass a milestone in my follower number, I remove a business blog follower that has never commented or liked any content. I have been fortunate in that the discussions in the comments have been very civil thus far. My setting is to approve people’s first comments, which has worked well. I encourage dissent and debate, as long as it is respectful. Happy New Year! –Rebecca

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  12. I really enjoyed this article. You really nailed the different types of followers and I agree with you about keeping them. Even if they never comment or “Like” my posts, having them merely to contribute to my total number of followers is helpful. 🙂

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  13. That’s a good read Ren 👍. I feel annoyed when a blogger posts several blogs on a single day, and it’s a hindrance for me for not being able to read many of other bloggers posts. And if that person is not active with me via comments or likes, I assume it to be a bot and unfollow them.

    Many points said here are relatable too 😊. Thanks for always coming with such a great write. 🤝 Happy New year 🥰

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  14. A very interesting topic, Renard.

    I am too new to blogging (8 months) to have a definite answer. As I am learning to navigate blogging, I find your suggestions helpful.

    I would remove followers, and remove myself from following certain pages, if their contents were rubbing me the wrong way, or if they were exhibiting hostile behaviours.

    It is nice to have a large following and readers and appreciators, even silent or mostly quiet appreciators, but numbers are not everything. Numbers are energizing and a reason for gratitude.

    I have already removed someone who acted out on my blog, and whose IP address was reported a spam risk.

    I have been thinking about removing myself from following someone I imagined was interesting and of a similar bent, but who wrote to me in a way I rarely put up with.. I cut people some slack, especially when there is a reason for it. But because it is the New Year and I keep writing about being mindful about the company we keep, maybe that is a situation (too) where I can take my own advice. 😄 I am trying to figure out whether it was only a bad mood or the mentality – which in the long run I would not enjoy… (so why linger and let myself be influenced by such an energy field?) What was unintentionally hilarious about the situation is that the blogger still managed to advertise her blog to me. 😄

    I do look at everyone’s page who follows me. If I find common ground, I follow them too. If I see nothing that I can relate to, I do not follow, but I do not judge either.

    A satisfying, friendly and prolific New Year 2021 to you! ✨

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  15. Since I pray at the beginning of every day that my blog will be read by whoever needs to read it, I can’t very well complain later on about anyone who follows me. God knows why they’re there, and that’s all I need to know. However, if I get one of those who post numerous pieces every day but never find time to read mine, I simply pass theirs over, too…all 999 of them 😏 … without any guilt.
    I’ve only had one commenter try to start WW III with me, and that was a deeply disturbed man who had been abused in a church setting as a child and had issues I was not qualified to deal with. I wished him well and said I would pray for him, which I did, but I have a feeling he didn’t appreciate it.

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  16. Once again Renard, your post made me smile and I’m sure you’re coming out of your shell with time! Your opinions seem more and more unreserved as of late and it’s so great to see. I’ve only ever removed one follower, and she actually decided out of the blue that she just didn’t like me. Before that though, she decided to rewrite almost everything I’d said and pass it off as her own experiences. While she didn’t use my wording exactly. I didn’t want an impostor following my blog and so I gave her the boot. I’ve got all sorts of followers on my blog and while most behave and interact fine, there was just one I could do without 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Helen, I have never viewed myself as a reserved blogger. I always shared whatever I had on my mind (In a diplomatic manner of course).

      Did you mix up my personality with one of those regular contributors to “Renard’s World”?

      Anyway, the last thing that any blogger wants is someone stealing their work.

      Getting rid of her as a follower was a wise choice.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. Thankyou for your reply, philosophy through photography.

        As a general rule, I find that more reserved bloggers stick to facts and leave opinions out of the mix. They recite what they’ve been taught or experienced, maybe with a link to back it up, and no more than that. There could be a fear that voicing an opinion will cost them followers, and so as not to risk that consequence, they hold themselves back. Their writing language is also modest and polite too, so as not to upset the reader.

        More unreserved bloggers don’t worry so much about what other people think, they just say what they think and people can either agree or disagree. They might still quote sources to back up their opinion, but moreover they aren’t so shy in saying what they think on any given topic. They have an opinion, they use stronger punctuation and they sometimes swear emphatically to solidify their views in their writing as well.

        I will say that I think most personal bloggers are more unreserved, but I have definitely seen examples of both types in my years of blogging. Of course, that’s only my observations and your experiences may be very different.

        I hope that helps.

        Best wishes, Helen

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          1. You’re very welcome.

            Personally, I would look at that in one of a few ways. They could be the more reserved type and don’t really want to get into a discussion with an otherwise stranger (which is a shame because that’s how followers happen!). Non-commitnent is certainly another plausible explanation, in which case I would pay it no mind and go about my day. The third option I think sometimes could be about trying to garner your attention, and this is an issue I have with another follower. In this case, it might not be so much how often they like, but when they like. With the follower that I have in mind, I hear nothing for a few weeks and then I see a sudden burst of 20+ likes on everything that I have written in that time, so the question I ask myself then is: Why are they so keen to have a like down on everything that I post?

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              1. If you want to. I wouldn’t overreact to it personally though. The flip side is you could create someone who winds up bad mouthing you and destroying your reputation. Maybe be aware, but don’t pick them out with too much ease unless they do something really unpalatable, like copying your work.

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                    1. What do you mean that’s spam? I just thought I had a very friendly audience 😂

                      One of the best ones I ever had was on a restaurant review (currently on hold because of Covid-19). We reviewed a restaurant quite local to us and I had a spammer with a .ru domain leave a very badly written comment on the post, though from everything they’d said, they quite clearly hadn’t been there at all. To top it off, they included a questionnable link for discounts at a “store” to “make your night more enjoyable”. I’m sure this needs no further explanation but given how a lot of dinner dates inevitably end, at least they were on the right tracks 😂

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  17. I have been thinking about those business blogs a lot lately. I don’t like them at all but I leave them to follow me. I don’t follow back or interact with them. I am here to write. I am not here to buy things from blogs who I assume are spam following people.

    Also, I have so few followers I appreciate anyone I can get. I am in no position to be picky… yet!

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      1. No problem, I’m going to try and comment more often. Don’t take it personal if I don’t. I’m just an over thinker so I tend to convince myself not to bother anyone.

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  18. Hey, I’m a foreign language speaker, if you consider people speaking their own language as “foreign language”, which to me seems a bit nationalistic. Still I blog and read blogs in English. Why does it alert you? You rather me not following you?

    And silent followers? Must we react to every article we clicked on? Do I need to obtain a licence to be permitted to follow, and sometimes read, your blog?

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    1. 🤔 I believe that you have misconstrued my intent.

      In that particular subheading, I said:

      “Now, in spite of their blog posts being in their mother tongue, there are those who are quite fluent in the English Language and there are those who are learning how to communicate using the English Language.

      “The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that there are bloggers who speak and write in more than one language.

      “One of my followers from Pakistan commented on a few of my blog posts in English.

      “So, it does not necessarily mean that a person is unable to communicate in English because all of their blog posts are in a foreign language.

      “A foreign language blogger that follows your blog may arouse a bit of suspicion, but in all fairness, we have to assume that they can read and speak the English Language.”

      One can wrongfully believe that the person does not know how to speak English when every blog post of theirs is in their mother tongue (In spite of being suspicious, it is utterly wrong to jump to conclusions).

      I am being honest by saying that it alerts me because there is a tiny probability of them following for the sake of following and not understanding a word of the English Language.

      You are from Germany and your blog posts are in English (Therefore, this does not apply to you).

      And, to clarify things, I referred to the “Silent Follower” as someone who has not communicated with a blogger since they followed their blog.

      Also, it is not imperative that people respond to every single blog post of mine.

      I never once insinuated that a person needs a licence to follow or read my blog.

      I truly hope that cleared things up for you.

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  19. Very interesting thoughts here Renard. I’m from Pakistan and can read and write English well enough to blog here. 😜
    The fact that people don’t interact/ comment on my posts does creates a feeling of resentment sometimes because they do so on other blogs and I comment on their posts. I have stopped commenting on theirs as a response.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Sadje.

      Has it ever occurred to you that some people have chosen to comment less to avoid the wrath of Akismet?

      Apparently, some people trigger the algorithm whenever they make numerous comments in a short space of time.

      By the way, I recommend that you check your spam for false positives; you might find some innocent comments from bloggers trapped in there.

      And, I will admit, that the number of my comments have decreased significantly (And, it has nothing to do with any of your blog posts, my dear).

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      1. I have a person who comments on a fair number of my posts. It’s rare they get to Spam by Akismet. I learned a long time ago to check my email Spam folder as sometimes it ignores the filters I set up to send certain topics, names, or specific domains to different sub-folders.

        On WordPress, I check spam about twice a week. It’s rare I get much spam.

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  20. The funny thing is that I never remove a follower. I tend to think that the business blogs will never really truly follow my blog anyway, so while some of the business blog followers were to me weird, I never felt that thoroughly investigating them and deciding whether to remove any of them was worth my time.

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      1. You make a great point about WWIII commenters. I haven’t blocked anyone yet although I had someone recently suggest I like all their posts and comment on every post they made. Didn’t approve the comment.

        On some blogs I follow, I am the silent one. I may like some of their posts, but I only comment if I have something to add.

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  21. I have removed one “follower” who was “a robot”. There were around 20 numbers and letters in the name of the follower and I was told it is a kind of machine, not a human. Since I check and go through the site of my new followers once they join, time to time I am confused with the followers who do not have any info on their blogs, no About page, no posts, nothing but Gravatar image only. Who are those guys?:)

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    1. 🤔 Now, that is a very good question.

      I would not deny that some of our followers could be bots.

      However, anyone with a Gravatar account is able to follow our blogs.

      Our followers do not necessarily have to be made up of bloggers.

      Also, anyone with an email account (even a person without a WordPress account) is allowed to subscribe to our blog.

      I have even encountered WordPress blogs with absolutely no blog posts published on them.

      Thank you for your valuable contribution!

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  22. Oh Renard, this is an amazing post as always. Since it was about reading blogs you follow and keeping in touch with your fellow bloggers, I wanted to take time to drop a comment today.
    Most of the times, I tend to start reading a blog and if the first few lines don’t interest me, I quit. To be honest, your posts are relatable, informative and interesting. I start reading them and I make it to the end. I might not always comment. But I really love your posts.
    Keep them coming 😊
    I am glad to be a part of your blog.

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  23. I have recently turned of the follow by email widget. 2 of the address look very spammy the 3rd has never posted. With only 3 names on it in many years it seems unnecessary. A large amount of my followers appear to be business blogs, as long as they don’t spam there welcome. I do think a lot follow hoping for a follow back.

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  24. Picky? Nope. As long as somebody isn’t disruptive (ie combative), or spammy, it’s all good to me.

    I’ve fussed in the past about false followers using bloggers for reciprocal likes, but even they bring a blog a little inadvertent publicity sometimes.

    Foreign languages followers; my blog has the translator widget up and there are also (as you pointed out) a large percentage of bloggers who are multilingual. Reblogs are free publicity IMO, and recognition that your content is good. I see nothing wrong with it **so long as proper credit is given**.

    Spinners drive me nuts. THAT is blatant theft of intellectual property. They should be shot, banned from the internet and shot again. 😛 😀 Hope that wasn’t too subtle, LOL

    The combative ones I’ve already covered. I’ve only had a couple of them, and did ban them. I try to respect anybody’s right to respectfully disagree otherwise. All the more so since I have strong opinions myself.

    Countless blog posts… I admit, that one frustrates me because it’s hard enough to keep up with followed blogs as it is without a handful of them publishing 10 times a day. I never make a fuss though because it’s their blog. I may not read every post every day in those instances though.

    And finally, self promotion. Like you, I will just edit that out. It’s bad form, but hardly a major crime. The only time I said anything was when I had one guy posting entire posts from his blog in my comments section, and it wasn’t even topical to the main post. He’s banned.

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  25. I never really gave this much thought, other than the occasional blogger, who’s posts just didn’t sit well with me (and it would take a systematic number of posts, not just the occasional post). I have removed comments and based on a quick read through these comments, I am about to go check my follower list for spam and pure business blogs.
    BTW, I don’t always comment nor read every post you make, but some, like this post, scratch an itch.

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    1. 🙂 For the record, I do not expect anyone to read every blog post of mine (Only an egomaniac would expect that sort of thing).

      Also, thank you for reading and commenting!

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  26. It doesn’t bother me who follows my blog, Renard. However, if their gravatar picture/image is unsuitable, then I will unsubscribe them. If anyone steps out of line, then I may unsubscribe them or simply block their comments.

    I know bloggers who have made money from selling their own photography and work to business bloggers who were following them, so not all business bloggers are trying to sell us something. Some genuinely may be interested in buying our work.

    I wouldn’t know where to begin finding out which of my followers have never read any of my posts. I call then ‘ghost followers’, but how would you know if they’ve never read one of your posts? I learned very quickly that only around 20% of followers will interact with you through a comment or a ‘like’, but there are those who also read posts but never interact.

    Happy New Year to you.

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  27. These are some great topics, Renard! I don’t follow blogs written in a foreign language without a translator. Also, I usually don’t follow business blogs as I don’t have any interest in purchasing items through a blog. I’m skeptical about those that only relog posts of others and never post their own work. I become very annoyed when a blogger leaves their link in my comments and wants me to follow their blog. Also, the followers that like several posts in repetition because I doubt if they read them. I’ve experienced very few where the comments were angry political and/or religious opinions. I ignore or delete them. The day in the life of a blogger and I enjoy every minute of it.

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  28. I’m always so grateful someone liked enough to follow that I rarely curate. I check their page but I haven’t yet come across someone who followed me whose own site is atrocious. Businesses, meh.

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  29. I initially felt, if someone followed your work, it was a good thing. Mostly thinking they liked what they read, gave you a courtesy follow because you commented or followed their work, or maybe intended to keep up with what you are posting. I now, after several months of consistent blogging, am learning this isn’t always true. There are vendors who want to sell items not always related to writing! I don’t mind promoting other writers with mindful content -We all feel we have something of value to share or wouldn’t be here. I have also had some crude or inappropriate comments – not remotely related to the content of any article I would post. Those, who comment this way, I do unfollow and block. Otherwise, I am very happy to have followers and do want to follow good content on a variety of topics. That’s one of the best things about WordPress. So many great topics and interesting perspectives.

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  30. It is a bit discouraging honestly when people follow for the wrong reason, but it’s bound to happen as my blog is made public. Stealing people’s content is one of my biggest fears without giving the credit to the original source.

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  31. Happy, healthy, and safe 2021 to you, dear Renard!
    Excellent, detailed discussion of the issues most bloggers face. I personally would follow anyone who follows me, after checking their About page, and I don’t mind commercial blogs. They are people, after all, and if they take time to read and comment on my posts, I can show my appreciation by reading theirs. As to foreign languages, if I see a commenter or a follower writing in a language I don’t know, Mr Google is always there to help. I assume they do the same with my blog, so we are cool. I do not follow and do not allow followers who speak / write foul language or any other offensive content. I am sure many bloggers feel the same way.

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  32. Renard, apologies for the complete deviation here. I’m going to steal your brilliant “comments policy” idea, I hope you don’t mind, unfortunately I couldn’t comment on the page to let you know. I wrote something quite similar last year so I’m going to buffer it up a bit and turn it into a page. This is the post I refer to, if you’re interested: https://twokinkycooks.com/2020/02/25/blogging-tips-whats-your-comments-policy/ . Best wishes, Helen

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  33. I’ve been blogging since 2005 and never removed anyone unless they spammed me. Like you, I have comment moderation but I have it to keep spam out. I do some photo challenges so those posts require us to post a link to our post photo on their post. It’s a way to get to know other bloggers and I like the network of inspiration. It’s a simple pingback in most cases.
    Using the translator to read foreign blogs works. I’ve never had a problem and I have a few foreign language bloggers followings. I find it good to read personal points of views from other countries.
    Blogging is a journal of sorts for many people and they never have thought to make money from it. So, no… I’m not picky, for myself it seems silly to be picky on my blogs… I just move on.

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  34. I feel like each time you post a blog post, it is of something that has crossed my mind before! I’ve had a couple of business related bloggers follow my blog and wondered if they really count as followers. I’m just focusing on developing my blog and hopefully it’ll attract the right audience. Waiting in anticipation for the next blog post where you read my mind!

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  35. Another quality post from the stable of Renard 🙂

    There are many types of followers as you have outlined, l am not sure what type l am … l am not the bad type of follower. I might piss off some of my own followers with my lack of regular interaction with their blogs. I don’t use the Reader as l detest it, and prefer to my own directory of which it currently holds 63 bloggers which l endeavour to read from monthly, but l am always behind. I try to dedicate music to my main followers at least twice a month so they [l hope] know that l am still thinking of them even if l can’t get to them weekly.

    I have only ever removed three bloggers since 2017, and l don’t tend to remove bloggers – l know l have been removed as a follower by people, but l still follow them – so that doesn’t bother me per se.

    I tend to follow generally like for like, l know not everyone does that – but that doesn’t mean, that like you do too Renard, that l don’t check them out first … l am not worried about business blogs following me, they are just as welcome …. but because l only have a selected reading list of 63 and don’t use the Reader it doesn’t really matter who l follow and who follows me does it? I am already pre-set in my reading.

    I take on board a new ‘reader to read’ once a week and l may park some of my regular 63 and change them around … as they might be on a blogging hiatus hence their quieter times. If they are quiet for longer than six months, l then remove them from my reading directory [a Page under password in my blog] and this then takes me down below what l consider a manageable reading quantity, but l don’t unfollow them.

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      1. Well you know me Renard, always behind, BUT l do try and leave a worthy comment when l do visit you 🙂

        But then you write such wonderful posts my friend – it would be insulting to not comment with worth 🙂

        Keep well Renard.

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      2. Do you know what l think a question might be Renard? How many readers can we effectively follow and engage and interactive with on a regular and healthy basis?

        I am going to be looking at my 63 Directory this month, with that question.

        You and l are equally as much bloggers, but we too are followers – we follow each other and we follow others – but irrelevant to how many followers we have – how many can we physically interact with properly?

        Looking at your follower count you have 4053 and everyone of your posts receives in excess of 100 comments – you are prompt in your answering of comments … you interact with each one respectively – but l think from memory you have written you spend 45 minutes a day reading blogs – but you can’t interact with each blog that follows you effectively – this is seperate to commenting and responding to commenters .. now l have just below 2500 and l can’t interact with each of those … so what’s the secret, what’s the answer … 🙂

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  36. Truly wonderful and wonderful words… The content of the blog is important for devloping blog’s post

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  37. I found this quite amusing and such an enjoyable read.
    I don’t have a large following on the site but because I share my link on other social platforms I could completely relate. I think you should add “the (non)follower who privately (WhatsApp chat or twitter direct text) comments on your work on every blog but never follows or likes on the site”.

    Any advice on that?

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