Whoo, double-digit blogger hops! This is the first Friday in a long time that I've been able to devote time to these hops instead of hurriedly visiting other blogs since I have school off today. Although, you know, I really should study for History. Oh well.
This week the question is: What are your feelings on losing followers? Do you ever stop following someone's blog?
I have lost a follower once during this whole blogging experience so far (although I've only been blogging since late June so that's not particularly amazing), and it made my heart seize up. Recently, I've been getting less views... and yet more comments. This confuses me, but I'm starting to suspect that more people are subscribing to me on Google Reader.
For example, right now I have 99 followers and 94 subscribers. No doubt most, if not all, of these subscribers are followers, and so it's reasonable to think that only those five followers who don't subscribe actually regularly read my physical blog. (Well, you know what I mean by physical.) Still, this makes me paranoid that instead of gradually gaining popularity my blog is losing popularity :O
So when I lost that follower a couple months ago, going from 49 to 48, it made me stare at that little clump of followers until my eyes exploded. I wanted to track down that lost followers and shake him/her by the shoulders and scream, "Why? What have I ever done?" And I'm sure that follower would say, "It's not you, it's me! I've changed! I've moved on! I love somebody else's blog!"
But thanks to He's Just Not That Into You, we know what THAT means.
I've come to accept losing followers as a way of life. It happens to everyone. Even to Hyperbole and a Half, I'm sure. (Well, maybe not that.) Even so, when I see that little magic number drop, I go into panic mode.
And that means cookies, fellow bloggy friends. COOKIES.
And as for the second part of the question, I have stopped following blogs quite a few times. 99% of the time it's because the blogger hasn't posted in over a month, but a couple times, it was because I needed to follow less blogs because of less time, and that blog just happened to have content I could really do without.
If you're hopping by, please leave a link to your blog (especially if you have multiple blogs, because it gets tricky for me), and, you know, cookies are nice too :)