Monday, August 17, 2009

Odd Question of the Day

The odd question of the day for this Sunday evening is a simple one: do you ever find yourself wondering who the people are that appear and disappear from your followers list and/or feedburner subscribers? I know I do. It seems that at random times people disappear from the followers panel. In most cases, I have no clue who just dropped out. It seems that blogger ought to have log that the blog owner could consult to see who arrived and who left in a given time span for the follow list and the feed list.

Why you might ask? Well, I am one of those people that believes that if someone follows me, I should follow them if there is any easy way to do so on their blog. So it is really convenient to know who just signed on as a follower and especially which of the myriad of blogs listed in their profile is the one I should follow for maximum return on my reading time. (Admittedly, I can usually get a clue by looking at the last published dates on each of their blogs, but sometimes even that fails.) I can usually muddle through with the current information on this side of the follow issue, so I can't get too wound up about it.

But, and it is a big but, I have no idea who it was when someone stops following or drops the feed. And that is irksome to me for two reasons: 1) I don't know who to un-follow. {*grin*} and 2) I don't know if it was a long time reader who might have important words for me about why they exited (versus a fly-by follower that came on a whim and left the same way). It's not like this is a mega-blog with 500 followers. This is a small comfy blog that I as the author feel some connection with most of the readers. So when I notice that someone has headed off, I wonder who and why. Especially when in one case I know it was the same person following and then un-following every other day. That kind of pattern often makes me think that someone is doing a classroom experiment for a social studies class. {*grin/2*}

So I will leave you with two questions. Do you notice the follow and feed fluctuations on your blog? Or do you blithely ignore them? Inquiring minds want to know.


  1. I just added myself to your blog as a follower, in case you see the number going up and wondered, "now, who is that..."

    But yes, when someone stops following, I ponder the reason ~ not interesting enough, too busy in life, stopping reading blogs altogether.... it also bothers me when a blogger just - stops blogging. Nothing, zippo, hey, give me a warning, let me know you're ok but that you need time off from blogging, because I feel a connection to my bloggy friends and I worry about them. Ok, I've rambled enough. Hope you have a great day!

  2. I'm still following and reading...not sure who would want to leave

  3. I ignore my list Dan! I mean, from time to time, I do glance at the number but I have definitely noticed that it fluctuated. And when I first put it up there I would feel so terrible when someone would stop following me. Sometimes, I look at that number, and I think, HOLY MAMA, I need to write something funny and witty. Sometimes I can come up with something that meets those requirements. And other times, well, I just write my heart and hope for the best : )

    I never imagined I would love blogging so much. It has turned into one of my favorite things. Very stress relieving. A tangible record of memories for Kaish. And a whole new world of friendships. It's funny how friendships change as we age. : )

    I don't know if answered your question.

  4. I do wonder when someone drops off my follower's list. It would be interesting to know who disappeared. Blogging is so much fun. I enjoy finding interesting and witty blogs like this one:)


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