Apparently, I how have 1000 followers.
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
I suppose this should be reason to celebrate, or at least look pleased with myself, but let’s just stop a moment and examine the figures a little.
Out of those 1,000 followers, 150 of those are my Facebook friends.
Because that’s what WordPress does, it automatically adds them to your tally. No matter if they are all blog followers anyway, they add the lot. So lots have been counted twice.
So that takes out around 50.
And of the rest of my Facebook friends, a good half never, ever, visit my blog (fickle lot!).
So, another 50 gone. And we’re down to 900.
But out of those 900, there are a lot who have left the blogging scene completely. Without trawling through every one of them, it is fairly easy to take a random clutch of them (quite a large clutch, I must say) and go to see whether they are still active. It’s hardly a scientific method, but approximately one third have either disappeared completely, or haven’t posted for three months or more, leading me to suspect they’ve packed up.
So, down to about 600.
Of those 600, again looking at a few random clutches, after their initial contact and ‘follow’, I don’t think a good third ever came back again; they probably just hoped to get a follow back.
Down to about 400.
And out of those, about a third again don’t seem to have visited for at least a year.
So, I suspect the number of actual, active followers is close to 250, or a quarter of the ‘official’ figure.
But what does it matter, anyway? The point about posting is that someone should read what has been written, and then hopefully interact by commenting occasionally, or at least ‘liking’ now and again. It’s not compulsory, of course, but it would be odd if a regular visitor never did either. So as long as I get a decent number of regular readers who do interact with my posts, I’ll be a happy bunny.
On the other hand, if this post gets 1000 likes, I will eat my words.