As many of you know, I check my WordPress stats way too often.
One of the stats I check is the number of followers, which is a fairly public stat that other WordPress users can see.
Yesterday, I hit somewhat of a milestone when the number of followers reached 900. I wasn’t going to mention it, because I was waiting to do that on the day, hopefully, when I reach 1,000. That will certainly be a topic for a blog, and I plan to offer prizes for the 1,000th follower (like unlimited access to my accounting lectures/sleep-aid, and an e-book of my favorite 400 blog posts I have written).
I was assuming I would hit that 1,000 follower mark sometime before Thanksgiving, but now those plans have ground to a halt.
You see, when I went to bed last night I checked my stats one last time, and I was up to 901 followers. In other words, I just zoomed right past that 900 mark.
But then when I woke up this morning and checked my stats, I was down to 897!
How is that possible? A few people actually took the extra effort to actually unfollow me. Was it a concerted effort? Was there a rebellion starting among the masses? Was it something I said?
All these thoughts were running through my head before I even had a chance to get out of bed.
I went back and read some of my recent posts, but I didn’t see anything that would be considered controversial. No political comments. No religious comments. Nothing remotely intelligent.
I then started to think that it was finally happening. People were coming to the realization that I had nothing interesting to say and that their time was better spent watching videos on the mating habits of the tsetse fly. I just hope the other 897 people don’t come to the same conclusion, at least not too quickly.
So now I am in a desperate race to at least add more followers each day than I lose. But my goal of 1.000 followers is suddenly in serious jeopardy.
Of course, even if I lose most of my followers, I’ll continue to blog. After all, that’s essentially what I did for the first four and a half years.
And to those three people who unfollowed me, all I can say is congrats. Your IQ will soon recover from the depths I lowered it to…
*image from tppc forums