(I know I'm cheating with this post, but what the internet doesn't know won't hurt it.)
I greatly enjoyed the A-Z Challenge last year. I found a lot of new blogs and a lot of new bloggers found me. But since then, I have discovered one of a few downsides to blogging.
The follower function.
More followers made me happy.
Fewer followers made me sad.
And a little resentful.
What I had done to make them follow me and then un-follow me? Was it posting too much, or not enough? Was it that post or this one that made them annoyed enough to delete me from their daily reads?
I've finally gotten to the point where I don't really care. Follow me, unfollow me, it doesn't matter. I write this because I enjoy it, and the fact that I think some other people enjoy it as well is just a nice bonus.
Here's where the advance apologies come in.
I suspect that over the course of April, I will gain some new followers. And I will find some new blogs to follow. But there won't be a perfect overlap.
Yes, sometimes I get a new follower and I don't immediately click on their blog to find out who they are. First, some of you have made that surprisingly difficult by not linking your blog to your picture anyway. Second, sometimes I'm just forgetful.
And third, yes, sometimes I read your blog, and as appreciative as I am that you think I am amusing or interesting enough to follow, I just don't think your blog is my cup of tea.
I follow a boatload of blogs as is, folks. I never get a chance to read all of them every week, and as a blogger who has hit critical mass, I am a little pickier at this point on who I choose to follow back.
So if you are planning to follow me just to get me to follow you, I'm sorry, you really shouldn't bother. The likelihood of it happening hovers around 25 percent, and that will probably decrease over time.
(Feel free to seethe here. And then read on, please.)
But if you really do think that your blog is a gem that I have merely overlooked, don't get bashful about it. Comment on my blog. Tell me to go look at yours. If you were willing to unfollow me over my faux pas, shouldn't you be willing to say, "Hey missy! My blog is the cat's pajamas and you are missing out!"
Then I guarantee I will click over, and if it's as spanking and awesome as you think, then I'll probably think so too. And when and if that happens, you will gain another follower too. Yay for everyone!
But little heads appearing and disappearing under my followers tab?
Doesn't get my panties in a twist anymore.