I usually don’t care for self-aware blog entries, but this is going to be one, so just drop out now if you are like me and don’t like them either. I’ll try to stick it out long enough to at least finish writing it however.
I seem to have acquired a lot of Followers for this blog. Now I know that this is a subjective judgment and that “a lot” for me may be a drop-in-the-bucket for someone else. I’m also not going to announce the number because I think that doing so is crass. It could also be embarrassing if it truly is a drop-in-the-bucket compared to everyone else.
I have noticed that there do seem to be a few broad categories of Followers to this blog, and I would label them like this;
Non-Bloggers – Whenever I get a follow-notice I always try to trace it back, but many times, maybe up to 50% of the time, the ID that has done the Following has no blog of its own directly associated with it. I’m not sure where these ID’s come from or how they found my blog in the first place if not from browsing WordPress, but I guess that it could be from a general Internet search. I just find it strange though that people would browse and follow blogs without having one of their own.
Non-Native English Speakers – It is not, of course, that I am so arrogant as to expect the whole world to be fluent in my language – and God-knows that I am not fluent in anyone else’s – but I am surprised by the number of Followers who are not Anglophones. Perhaps they are studying the English Language; or is it more properly the American Language now? Maybe they are fascinated by my odd phrasing or weird vocabulary. Maybe they follow me because they are not sure what language this is and they are wasting their lives away shoving my prose into online translation programs thinking that they will achieve some sort of profound enlightenment if they only can understand what these peculiar strings of words mean. Good luck with that.
Commercial Blogs – These actually annoy me. At first blush it seems that these commercial blog operators are just Following every other blog under-the-sun with an automated ‘bot because most of the time my blog entries have absolutely nothing to do with the business of the commercial Follower. I suppose that the notion is that following everything will generate reciprocation and bulk-up their own stats. First; I think that it is pretty pitiful that they would care about stat-numbers that much. Second; is there really anyone out there who automatically Follows everyone who Follows them without even checking them out? I mean – why on earth would you? Since commercial Followers are rather common however, I have decided that it is just too much trouble to be annoyed about it. Because I am a Nice Guy and believe in extending every possible benefit of the doubt, I have decided to believe that the proprietor-owners of these commercial sites are not just “advertising” or trolling for reciprocation. It is simply that these individuals happened to come across my blog while they were logged in to their commercial account and found what I had to say personally interesting and deeply moving. Yeah, right.
Personal Entries; The Writers – The next group of Followers are those who fancy themselves writers – actually, that would be Writers, with a capital-W. I have nothing against these folks, and some of their stuff (though a very limited portion of it) can be pretty good and I occasionally do Follow them in return. These people are usually dreaming of being published, or insufferably proud that they have already been published. The thing that really strikes me about The Writers though is that content seems to be of very little importance to them. They are performers and what they care about is having an audience and and hearing the approving applause of the crowds and the actual words that flow from their fingers is of the same secondary importance as the words that flow from an actor’s lips on stage. Whatever their personal motivations however, I have chosen to believe that it is an honor for self-proclaimed “Writers” (or writer-wannabes) to grace me with the accolade of their Follow button. Thank you – and keep practicing.
Well, there probably really are a few more interesting categories of Follower, but as I say – I don’t care for self-aware blog entries and this one is wearing out its welcome fast. Sorry I couldn’t force myself to finish it after all; Goodbye.