Sunday, 20 September 2009

A Bit Of A Moan...

Blogger has much to answer for, one way and another. When I noticed a rather rapid rise in follower numbers, I started wondering. A few of them, when I hovered over their tiny picture or symbol, had no corresponding Blog of their own for me to visit - simply an enormous list of site's they'd joined. Were they merely jumping on the Blogland band wagon, in order to get free advertising for their own, or another's, business venture? I didn't join Blogger for any commercial reason whatsoever, and I am wary of those who, apparently, have. But to suspect I and my longstanding Blogland buddies are being used for nefarious goings on by computer geeks who remain silent, really gets up my nose!

Before I expire through lack of oxygen due to a preponderance of these annoying 'silent partners', I've decided to vent a little spleen, and await other's opinions and comments on the subject.
These unknowns never seemed to leave a comment, or begin a behind the scenes, email conversation with me - so why were they opting to follow? I blocked three of these dubious people yesterday, but should any of them be genuine, Blogland contributors, they are welcome to show their faces in a less suspicious manner by 'talking' openly to Blogland at large, and thereby gaining my trust in their motives.

Still on a moaning kick, any pleas ( left as a comment!) to 'Do come and visit my blog at BlahDeBlah', are liable to be summarily dispatched to the nearest dust bin by me. My natural curiosity needs no prompting to pay a return visit to those who call, and if your blog is so lacking in lustre that it holds no allure, then I'd not be interested anyway, however much you may ask! A little decorum, people, I beg you!

Sunday afternoon edition cum addition! Since yesterday, I have blocked a total of ten people from my list of followers. I think the effort of weeding out this seemingly dead wood was worth it. I hope it may dissuade others from thinking they can join me for a free ride to goodness knows where. Perhaps they had clicked the 'monetise' button and were hoping to reap some kind of reward from Blogger, or Google, or elsewhere? In which case I trust I have emptied their coffers a little...

26 comments:

  1. Yes, I see the odd "Follower" too. It is a way of getting your name around permanently without ever having to come back or to post a comment. While it was a good idea, I have my doubts as to who benefits the most.

    I have toyed with the idea of taking it down or off but so far haven't.

    I spent one day restoring Patty's computer. She clicked on an email she had sent that could not be delivered and was returned. She was curious as to why it wasn't delivered and clicked on the notice. Well, it was a "worm" that locked her computer and wouldn't let her do anything. When I got up the next day, she came out in her PJs and said, "My computer won't come on."

    I had to reformat the hard drive and return it to the factory, new, condition. She lost everything on the computer. I feel sorry for her as it takes a lot of time to put her things back on the computer that she had saved on an external hard drive. Beware folks. If you send an email and it comes back, you should not open it.

    I have not been able to get around much of late.

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  2. Jinksy, 'tis bad enough with tall the spammers out there( still trying to fix the damage, I received, week last ). But yes, I agree; make a comment or move on. Also note that you can be "followed" anonymously...I 've not had to block anyone, as yet but I know they are there.

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  3. Here Here!! Jinksy. Well put. Although I don't have as many followers as you, some are never heard from again, and it does make you wonder.
    Abe has a good point there too.

    Love Granny

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  4. A while ago I received all sorts of comments in Chinese or Japanese characters. That puzzled me. So I removed them all. And I've just been busy blocking and removing Flash-cookies. There was an article in our newspaper about that. Sometimes the internet frightens me. Only sometimes ;-)

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  5. Blimey you do have a lot of followers, I hadn't noticed before. My followers have more than doubled in the last few weeks and I've not heard from most of the new people, but it never struck me they might be after something. I just, naively perhaps, thought that the ones without blogs of their own like to read but not write, and the followers application is a way of bookmarking blogs they feel they might like to revisit.

    I'm currently commenting (and posting) only sporadically, though still reading fairly regularly, because commenting takes me ages and I simply can't afford the time to do it: huge deadline looming. So please don't block me, I enjoy reading your words when I get a minute to do so.

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  6. Oh Jinksy I am a bit of an innocent and had never thought to look who my followers were anyway. Is it not possible that some people just want to read blogs for pleasure - or is that me being naive?

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  7. La Jinks, I wondered whether more people were coming back to blogging, with the cooling of the weather... It does seem to be easy enough to distinguish between those who are following for monetary or self-publicity reasons, I think, on the whole... I think there are lots who read blogs but who do not have their own blogs (maybe) yet...

    I do think the number of those who bother to comment has really, really dropped off... I only follow those whose blogs I have read and enjoyed - such as yours - and I am pleased that we have the odd e-mail badinage too - but I guess it's just not for everyone, and time seems so sadly to be lacking de nos jours...

    I know I've not been here as often as I should wish, and that I cannot even look at blogs at lunchtime at work, for they are unfortunately blocked... I don't know some of the secrets of blogging that are out there - Maybe we can unpick them together? Love to you, dearest Jinks x

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  8. i don't blame you in the least bit. more power to ya!

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  9. Well what ever you do please let me stay,I love reading your blog.Have a nice sunday!

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  10. Interesting Jinksy. I have also noticed the reverse where people comment often, but can't be bothered to 'follow' officially.

    I have been guilty of reading blogs and not commenting. Sometimes it is a time constraint, but I still want to know what my blogosphere friends are up to . . . Sometimes, I don't agree with the article or find it of little value and prefer to say nothing than to be confrontational. Most people are just doing their best - so if I have nothing interesting or affirming to say - I don't comment. Please don't block me! :(

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  11. Jinksy, My, what a range of responses you are getting to this latest blog! I have found that, perhaps since I'm relatively new to blogging, there's a range of people visiting. Some comment but don't follow and some follow but don't say much if anything. Fine by me because sometimes I read the blogs of others and don't have a valid comment or opinion - so I say nothing. Thanks tho', from Abraham, for the advice of not opening returned emails. Hope to continue enjoying your blogs and comments on mine.....

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  12. Hi Jinsky

    Glad I am still there on your list - however I do apologise profusely for failing to call frequently- I am dreadfully busy at work.

    I agree with you profoundly! There is dead wood on my following list as well, as I said in my recent Sunday Roast, I have several animated sales type followers, on selling wall paper and one saying I should employ a dating agency. There are others who have never commented and therefor I am a tad suspicious of the creaming off ideas for publishing maybe.
    btw I am writing a play, The Wizard of Oz and many of my friends are in it, may I include you as well? - best wishes ~ Eddie

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  13. I have been delighted to read your initial posting and the following comments, because it means I'm not the only person in the dark about the way things work! When I started blogging I was obsessed with 'followers' and 'daily counts' but then I realised that I write for ME (and a few like minds) anyway, so I've relaxed. I, too, have followers on my list that seem to just sit there! Very odd and rather a worry!

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  14. I'm a follower that resorted to lurking since my free time seems to have disappeared, I wonder if anyone thinks I'm a ruse on their follow chart? THE worst spammer is the taiwanese guy that spams 60-70 posts at once. I had him/it/her twice and it took me forever to get all of their comments off. Oh shoot, I'm "dead Wood" over at Eddie's place too :-(

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  15. jinksy....I think you did the right thing. People who are using otheres' blogs for their advertising purposes or to get their faces (or whatever) seen need to be blocked.
    I hope that you have a lovely week. Take care...
    Smiles from Jackie

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  16. It has never occurred to me to take a close look at who the followers of my blog are. I have about five times as many followers as I generally have comment-leavers. But I probably also visit about five times as many blogs as the ones where I will comment. So it all sounds fair and above board to me. I don't think it's something to worry about.

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  17. I have not have the same experiences you have Jinsky, perhaps my blog is too boring but that's okay as I love the followers I do have, they all have honest and true hearts. Kudos to you for being able to weed them out....I love how you think my friend, and admire your wisdom.......:-) Hugs

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  18. YES! I nearly wrote on this very same topic. I am tempted to remove those who never, ever have left a comment. Why follow? I have blocked several myself as I have seen their blogs are selling something I do not wish to assist them with. I am glad somebody has spoken up! Thanks for the post!

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  19. I don't use Blogger (only to park a forwarding message) so I don't have any followers, or do any following. But I'm with you on the 'please visit my blog at Blahdeblah'. It's a turn off.

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  20. Hi Jinksy. I've been off line for several days so I'm just catching up. I've noticed an increase of silent followers and wondered... yes, I think I'll get rid of them. I heard there's a system whereby followers can only follow by invitation... something I need to check on. Perhaps if anyone who reads this knows something about it they could let me know.

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  21. lol. You have the best rants ever Jinksy! Good for you!

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  22. This hasn't happened to me but I will now be on the watch for it; interesting to find out why it is happening.
    (I got here via Nuts In May and do not do any commercial blogging.)

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  23. I'm like several--I wonder about the usefulness of the followers gadget. But I don't have 100. It seems if you have a person on your blog list, that is about as good.

    Anyway, I read you fairly regularly and comment when I feel like it. If I think my comments are testy or in poor taste, I simply wait for another subject. I don believe in flaming.

    I wouldn't like a bunch in for a free ride, either.

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  24. You caught my curiosity and I simply had to scroll back. I don't mind the lurkers so much, it's the ones who only comment with something inane, who obviously haven't read your post at all, but who think it's fine to leave their "come and see me" demand, with their commercial websites up there. Makes me seeth - I hate them!

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  25. Oh crap! Did you kick me out, Jinksy? I'm laughing no matter. You're a cheeky one. How dare anyone try to pull one over on you. I don't look at my followers list myself. I only look at who engages me. That's just how I roll.

    Heh, heh. You sure know how to call it how you see it. I appreciate that.

    erin

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