This will be one of the few times that I will publicly complain on here.
I wonder how many of my fellow displaced Xangans have also experienced this.
The vast majority of my non-Xangan followers are just people who are trying to advertise their own site (notorious are Project AWOL, “make money off your blog” sites, or vacation advertisements). This is analogous to the people on Xanga who go around mass friending, just to try to get more readers for their blog. (That was why I developed my policy to not accept friend invites unless the user has left relevant comments on at least two unique posts. It shows that they’re actually interested in reading what I write.)
Thankfully, WordPress is not a social network, so if such individuals choose to follow me, I have no problem with ignoring them. After all, they might “like” a post and never read another word I write again. They may have gotten my attention the first time I get a notice that they’re following my blog, but that’s all the attention they’ll ever receive from me. Maybe that’s all they care for as well.
On a related note, I am selective about which blogs I choose to follow. I do not automatically follow back if you follow me. However, if I’m not already following you, every time you leave a comment, I will visit your site. If this happens enough times, I may eventually start following your blog.
If you haven’t noticed already, I care a lot about reciprocity, which means I am bound to feel disappointed more often in this world of one-sided relationships.
Edit: After thinking about it some more, Project AWOL seemed more and more like one of those pyramid schemes, since more and more bloggers have showed up advertising it. Their sites say make money by blogging, but they barely have any posts on their sites, other than a few advertisements. My hunch was that they try to get people to pay for their “secrets” for getting rich, which basically turn out to be: perpetuate the same scam. I’ve read about such tactics before. Then I decided to do a Google search for “projectawol scam,” and lo and behold, I came across this and this.
Update: It appears that such blogs are not allowed on WordPress.
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