the wordpress experiment: three months on

I decided to stop and take stock of the followers who are listed on the side of my blog. I find it thrilling to get messages from WordPress that yet another individual has decided to follow my blog. I didn’t start out looking for followers. But here’s an interesting statistic. Of the 35 officially listed, I found only 23 worth having follow me. In other words, roughly a third, for one reason or another, isn’t the kind of person I want following me. To show who I find I want to follow me, I checked all 35 links and then put them in the following table. If you’re not in that table, then you’re the kind of follower I wish I didn’t have.

Karen Green Karen’s blog
rdmilligan R D Milligan ~ Each word is malleable
randy Wine Biz Radio
Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger
Mic Mic’s Linux Experience
webrpi Raspberry Pi Web Development
D Liberty’s Quill
Raluca Stoica A Stairway to Fashion
Thomas Cochran Covered in Beer
Lena Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don’t forget to breathe
andysalwaysright Without wax / Andy Ritchie blog
Opinionated Man A Good Blog is Hard to Find
RachelK Globe Drifting
Chris Martin Chris Martin Writes
williamthebutler William the butler
Just A Simple Guy Outlook in Life
Ron Greene Ron Greene’s Blog

There’s a few reasons why I didn’t put you in the table;

  1. You’re blatantly selling something that I don’t want, such as SEO tips and tricks or something in the same category of get-rich-quick schemes. A number of these showed up recently and were the reason I decided to go through and look at all the followers of this blog.
  2. Three of the followers are gone or else the links don’t work.
  3. One of you has two blogs (Opinionated Man), so your second link wasn’t added.

The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back.

It was this article that motivated to go through and “curate” my followers. The whole article is about how Facebook has utterly failed in particular, and social networking in general. One paragraph that truly resonated with me was this one:

We need to go back to smaller communities. Where people aren’t lost in the mediocre averages of large networks. That’s where ideas flourish.

This is not to say that I’m about to leave WordPress. I’ve met some very interesting people through WordPress, and frankly, I like my quiet backwater of a blog. And I still like WordPress much better than Blogger. The one true annoyance that drove me from Blogger was too much spam. WordPress’ comment spam filters are, ironically, as good as Google’s email spam filters. Which to me just goes to prove that Google is allowing Blogger to die by slow degrees while it pours all its considerable resources into Google Plus. Google Plus looks like crap, barely above Facebook.

This post marks my fifty-something post. It’s been an enjoyable experience so far, and I don’t think that’ll change any time soon.

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