If you followed my site before December 2019, since my last post I visited each and every one of your sites (where I could) and we are now a close-knit followership of around 180 WordPress.com followers. The vast majority of those who were removed either started their site and then abandoned it after a short while or hadn’t updated their site in the last 3 years. That’s not quite the same thing since not a few of my followers have been subscribed since 2011. Thank you for sticking with me! In that first group of followers, however, were at least 200 “Mayflies” who signed up during a 2-week period in November 2014. Even at the time I thought the influx of so many new followers was very strange. Maybe WordPress.com was testing something. I don’t know.
Who are the most dedicated, long-term bloggers, you ask? Authors and writers take that prize. Even many of this site’s very earliest followers are still blogging. I’d like to take a moment and recognize you long-time bloggers and wish you hearty congratulations on your longevity and determination to stick with it. You’re a rarity.
After getting up close and personal with my WordPress.com Follower list, I’ve come to the conclusion that managing subscribers here needs some serious dev love. I can’t say that scrolling through a long list of 500+ followers was much fun, but WordPress.com made it much more arduous with an “Edge of Tomorrow” loop that kept bouncing me back to the middle of the list, over and over and over. I can’t imagine what happens on sites with thousands of followers. Why not automatically remove followers who have deleted their account or no longer have a website connected to their username? Fully 1/3 of the Followers I removed fell into that category.
Since I cannot transfer my followers directly, would you be willing to sign up on a different newsletter service to receive updates from this site? Let me know what you think in the comments.
And now a PSA:
While this particular message is linked to the US Voter Registration website, it’s really intended for any citizen in any country of the world that has democratic elections. If you don’t vote, you’re giving someone else permission to decide your future.