Dear Spam Followers, This Blogger Will NOT Be Visiting Your Site


I’ve been getting some from people promising to drive my stats and show me how to do this blog thing. I never return the ‘follow’. If I follow your blog, it’s because I want to hear what you have to say. To do otherwise, and Michelle does below, would be disrespectful of you and the effort you put into this.

The Green Study

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I’ve been out of circulation for the last week. I’ve been extremely busy following through on some volunteer commitments. I was astonished to see that my readership had jumped an unbelievable 15% in a week – without having written a single thing. The WordPress bot attacks reported in the news are in relation to denial of service attacks with the WordPress.org installation, so this is a separate issue.

To the people who have legitimately read and found something here that appeals to them, I sincerely thank you. I have so many great “conversations” with you and I value the time that you have taken to read, like and/or comment on a post. I am slow to catch up on my reading, but I try to visit each and every subscribed reader’s blog. Sometimes I follow it as well, if I find a subject that resonates or the writing or story…

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7 Replies to “Dear Spam Followers, This Blogger Will NOT Be Visiting Your Site”

  1. I’ve got a lot of people who followed me, Yet never dropped in to say something or hit like even once, then I unfollowed them and sure enough, the same remained. Some people just love to spam for attention, geez eh?

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    1. I guess. I just learned this morning that in the Reader–>Blogs I follow–>Edit link you can set the notification type and frequency for each blog. I’m tempted to take a week and just turn them all on to daily. Some post several times a day, some once a month. It might get overwhelming.

      The other bug is that once you check the box to be notified of followup comments on a post you comment on, there’s not way I’ve found to turn that off again. This morning, a guy I admire for the way he’s handling a major life crisis had a post I commented on, then checked the “notify me of more comments.” The thread blew up and I’ve gotten 34 emails already. That’s a bit much, and WP needs to hear about the problem and maybe fix it. I’m sending a ticket in this morning.

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      1. Ugh that’s a thread that’ll get for huge, I’ve had that happen as well, Sometimes I could unsubscribe from certain threads and sometimes not 😦

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        1. One last whinge about WP. Or maybe it’s just the Internet Effect again.

          I try to whip through the Reader at least once a day; often it is more. But I can’t spend the time looking at every one. I just can’t. And the notification system is either feast or famine.

          One plea I’d make to all bloggers is from the Old Editor in me. Spend some times on the headlines, folks. Make me simply unable not to click to read the whole story. Without being the Huffington Post, that is. Jeeze. But that’s for the media critique article I’m thinking of writing. Short and punchy and seductive. Works every time. 🙂

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          1. I agree! it’s hard (insanely hard) to find the time to read a 5 page post of one person’s post. While others compress an entire post in just 5 or 8 lines.

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            1. I try to mix it up, because this is very true. I have certain things I’m interested in, so share those, or do original writing such as the poems I’ve posted. I’m also working on a book, and have experimented with long excerpts, both to get some audience feedback, but also to test whether people read this or not. I suspect the subset of people who read eBooks already are my only likely victims.

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