I lost a follower yesterday. I don’t know why and I don’t know who. Perhaps that person got upset over something I posted, or perhaps he/she simply got bored, or maybe he/she just stopped following everyone. Or got sick or died (heaven forbid).
(Or maybe he/she has issues with one of my guest posters, and so stopped following me to show displeasure with them. Stranger things have happened. I gained many new followers through the guest posts, so I suppose it wouldn’t be unreasonable to lose one or two because of them.)
The good news is – I have enough followers now that I can’t identify which one left. That IS good, isn’t it? Fortunately, it wasn’t one of the followers who have been following me since the beginning – trust me, I checked!
You’d think by now I would have stopped caring how many followers there are or aren’t. I’ve learned to roll with the fact that the view stats go up and down every day, and as long as the ups steadily outweigh the downs, I can handle the fluctuations.
But followers? Somehow I feel like each new follower has become my on-line friend. If I had unlimited funds, I would send each new follower a welcome package of some kind. My readership is still low enough that I could actually send each new follower a box of home-baked cookies. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Of course, I no longer bake much, so that probably wouldn’t work. And the Health Department might have something to say about cookies being sent across state or national borders. And not everyone can eat cookies, or wants to.
I’ve been playing with the idea of Cordelia’s Mom, Still coffee mugs or something like that. I couldn’t afford to send one to every one of my readers (sorry folks, I know I got your hopes up), but maybe I could offer one as a monthly prize for the best comment, or send one to the most enthusiastic commenter.
[Wouldn’t you all love something like that? Thank how cool it would look sitting on your computer desk next to your framed Cordelia’s Mom, Still Enthusiasm Award! ‘Cause I know you’ve ALL got one of those.]
But I digress.
Whoever it was that left me is certainly welcome to return. I don’t hold grudges.
And should any of my current readers find it necessary to unfollow, I’m OK with that. However, as a courtesy, it would be nice if you told me why you’re leaving, if it was for some reason pertaining to my writing – are there particular posts you didn’t like, or is my writing becoming boring, or what? There’s always room for improvement.
ADDENDUM: Today I got several new followers – woo-hoo! So I’m ahead of where I was before I wrote this post.
(I would appreciate it if those with thousands and thousands of followers could refrain from laughing at me. You were once where I am now.)