Thoughts on Following, Unfollowing and Numbers
‘Unfollow’ has become a bit of a dirty word among blogging circles. I don’t think it’s necessarily always a bad thing though – hear me out.
I think it’s totally okay to unfollow people, should their feeds not inspire or appeal to you anymore. Our tastes change over time and we have the right to hone our feeds how we want them to be; places that inspire and capture our interest. So often we hold on to people for fear of being seen as rude or being publicly called out for it; but we need to stop fearing the ‘unfollow’ button. It’s rarely, if ever, personal.
The only time I disagree with it is when people unfollow in a strategic manner. You know the ones; following and unfollowing, often repeatedly, solely for their own numbers. It’s shady and it’s sneaky; not cool. They could have the prettiest feed ever, but that behaviour would completely switch me off from following them. I absolutely hate it.
As we do our best to fight the unfair algorithms, it’s disheartening when our numbers waver so often. It’s frustrating, especially when you’re doing your damnedest to grow your following or are close to a milestone. But think about it – wouldn’t you rather have loyal, engaged followers than fickle ones? This is something I remind myself of everytime my numbers drop a little.
Potentially controversial view: I also personally don’t think it’s feasible to follow thousands upon thousands of people. I just don’t see how it would be possible to keep up with such a high number, especially on the likes of Instagram, whose naughty algorithm only shows me a fraction of those I currently follow anyway! (grrr.) Twitter is also a very busy place at the best of times, and unless I’m on there 24/7/365, I don’t think the feed would cater to such large numbers very well and I’d end up missing a lot. And that defeats the purpose – when I follow someone, I want to be kept up to date.
What are your views on this? x