As a blogger, I always worry when I lose followers, even if it’s only a few. For the past few weeks my number of followers has remained steady (and the number of visitors and views keeps going up, thanks to the search engines and continuing popularity of certain posts I wrote a while back), but this week I lost about 4 followers. Today I have 1314 followers; a week ago I had 1318.
I don’t know who these followers were, and there could be any number of reasons why they’re not following me anymore, including something as impersonal as a WordPress glitch (it’s happened before; in fact it happened to me yesterday: I had to re-follow Bluebird of Bitterness, who I never knowingly unfollowed). They could also be spam accounts who unfollowed me. But I worry just the same, and I always start fretting about what I might have said that may have offended someone.
But what sort of blog would this be if I never offended anyone? A boring one, probably. Of course I don’t intentionally try to offend, but whenever you state an opinion, someone might disagree with you. It really can’t be avoided. My blog is so I don’t have to keep my opinions all to myself! I probably didn’t offend anyone anyway, at least not enough for them to unfollow me, and even if I did why I am so worried about four followers who I can’t even identify and might have been bogus accounts anyway?
ETA: Twenty minutes after posting this, I gained three followers. 🙂 I don’t know if they’re the same ones or not.