In the beginning, you liked a few of my posts and I happily reciprocated. I hadn’t seen you around the WordPress community before, but even with a fairly new blog, you already had a handful or two of likes on each post.
But the only thing our blogs had in common was a love of photography, so I began to wonder why you liked all of my posts. I mean, c’mon, I think I post more than any other blogger. (For those who are new to my blog, the reasons I post so much include distraction from pain, to escape isolation, and, of course, boredom.)
As time went on, I noticed that you binge-liked my posts, obviously not reading them. To me, likes don’t mean very much when they’re given out of self-interest or duty instead of genuine interest. But I liked visiting your blog, and it’s not like I could tell you that you didn’t have to like all of my posts for me to like each of yours.
I began frequently seeing your avatar liking posts on other blogs, and I watched as the traffic on your blog increased. For someone who hasn’t been blogging for very long, you’ve gained an impressive following. I’m happy for you. 🙂 If I had the same goal for my blog, I might even be jealous. 😀
With your increased following, I’m guessing that you reached a point where you didn’t have to waste time liking any of my posts anymore, so you unfollowed me. Is that what happened? Did you become overwhelmed (or was it boredom)?
I don’t know how bloggers with so many likes on each post are able to keep up with that kind of audience. How can one person read so many different blogs? Don’t you think it makes the whole process a little… I dunno… less intimate and fake?
No one likes to get dumped, but I just wanted to say that I understand. And since you no longer have any interest in my blog, I’m sorry to say that the feeling is mutual. After all, even with insomnia, there’s only 24 hours in every day. Anyway, I prefer to have followers who actually read my posts (and hopefully interact with me), not ghosts who abuse the like button.
In WordPress time, a five-month relationship is nothing to sneeze at. We had a good run, didn’t we?
Take care, dude, and I’ll be seeing you around the blogosphere…