I have no idea how or why it has happened, but it has. The thought of it and what it all means is troubling.
Maybe I need to explain what I know. I look at my WordPress stats every
once in a while day (ok, usually several times a day). But I primarily look at the number of views stat because that is the big graph at the top of the page. I scroll down to look at the others less often.
A few days ago I noticed I had 371 followers. It will be nice to see that number go over 400 – help me out, tell your friends to follow…please? Anyway, that number stuck in my head for some reason. Then yesterday I glanced down the stats page and noticed it said I had 370 followers! I immediately refreshed the page and sure enough it stayed at 370!
WTF, that can’t be possible – I absolutely know I had 371 & I did nothing controversial to make someone leave me. I did not kill a kitten or a puppy, say anything bad about a politician (although I did think bad thoughts about several…maybe the follower who left is a mind reader?), I did not use naughty words, I did not call anyone names, I did nothing offensive. So why did that person leave me?
But then I thought – what if I have lost others & I just have not noticed? It is possible I have lost a whole bunch of followers, but they are clever & leave one at a time so I never noticed…One day am I going to discover that my followers have dwindled down to 367? What next, 352? This is bad, a real catastrophe for my self-esteem.
What can I do to stop this slow bleed of my alleged fans of this blog?
I would hand out unicorns, cupcakes and rainbows if I could, but that logistics delivery nut is just too hard to crack.
I think I need to treat it like my Facebook ‘Friends’ I never look at how many I have so I do not have to live through the humiliation of knowing I have been unfriended. After all, it would be hard to sleep at night knowing that a person I never see or talk to in real life no longer wants to be my friend. Truly a troubling thought.
What I would like WordPress to do is make the stats page customizable so I do not have to look at the stats I do not like. That would make it easier to avoid the devastation of me knowing that I have lost a faithful reader.
Thanks for reading and please remember, friends do not let friends unfollow.
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