As bloggers we have all had it, people who follow you for five minutes, then all of a sudden unfollow you because you haven’t followed back. As someone who is trying to build honest engagement it is bloody difficult because I want people to follow me because they like my stuff, not because I have followed them and then I’m going to unfollow them afterwards. I’ve talked previously about unfollowing people is okay (post here) and that is really okay! However the thing that isn’t okay is following someone and then unfollowing just because they haven’t followed you.
The funny thing is, one blogger, not naming any names has actually followed and unfollowed me about 7 times in 1 day at one point, just because I didn’t follow them back. I jut sat there and was like, why? Why would you keep doing this! So here is an open letter to the people who play that game.
To the people who play this game,
I see you! You might think that we can’t see you, or you are being sneaky, but in all honesty, you’re not, I can see you, I can see everything! When you unfollow me, I do notice, I keep an eye on my stats and not only that there are fantastic apps that are around like CrowdFire app which is actually one of my favourites because you can see who mutual follow and who is unfollowing you.
Why would people even bother doing this in the first place? I think sometimes people believe it is a much quicker way of building a following, especially if you’re a blogger because the number of followers you have is more important sometimes than proper engagement on your social media feeds. Yes it might be a quick way of building a following but honestly it isn’t worth it!
I know personally I want people to follow me for honest reasons, because they like my content, because they like my honesty, or that I’m a little bit quirky sometimes.
So, if you’re going to play the follow/unfollow game on me, here is what to expect. I’m not going to follow you back, I only follow people who truly engage with me, who speak to me and who inspire me on a regular basis. I will always check my apps to see what is going on as I like to keep up with who is following and unfollowing me.
Please only follow me if you actually want to, not because you want to boost your following.
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