ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO!
BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! FALSE START!
The person who false starts, continues running, trying to get ahead of the pack and ultimately win the race in record time. What that person doesn’t know is they’re a dick!
False start and everyone is going to know about it! Just like a drugs test. If you win the race, but later fail a drugs test, the whole world will know you’re a cheat.
I hosted #tbhchat this past hour and the topic focused on the follow/unfollow game. You might have also seen my tweet the last few days, joking around about the subject, but it’s not a laughing topic.
We’re a lively bunch in the blogging world, looking for the next big collaboration, the blog post that’ll make us stand out, and the ‘x’ number of followers we so desire. I don’t have a problem with this, but I do have a problem with the…
“Hi John, nice to meet you. I like the sound of your content, so thought I’d follow.”
24 hours later…
“John isn’t following back! Let’s unfollow him, and hope he doesn’t notice.”
I notice. I always notice! I’m a sly git who knows the actions of others and the follow/unfollow game is quite easy to recognise. You get excited for a new follower, and maybe they’re someone you adore, but when you click on their profile the day after to find they’ve unfollowed you, you begin to question their authenticity.
Authenticity is HUGE in the blogging world, and by being a culprit of doing whatever you can for new followers, you’re only putting a bad aura on you and your blog.
No-one likes a cheat, and yet it’s still being done. Bloggers want a quick fix. The ultimate gain of followers that’ll make them look better, will give brands a better perception about their work and engagement, but it’s all a lie…
LIARS GET FOUND OUT!
So many of us put our heart and soul into our blogs and yet people have the audacity to jump the line for the next blockbuster film. You’re not the star! You’re the fame hungry wannabe, who wants people to adore them in an instant. YES, I DID JUST SAY THAT!
Blogging takes time. You won’t create your blog to find millions of people already at your feet, wanting your picture at an event or the brand of your dreams willing to do whatever they can to work with you.
You’ll end up like this picture; nothing to show for your pointless act.
It really needs to stop! The whole follow/unfollow game is giving the blogging world a bad name for itself, and it’ll only be worse for you and your blog, if you do it!
I say…STOP BEING A DICK! Put in the time and effort to show your blogging skills organically, and the time will come when you’re recognised. When people notice your hard work, the opportunities will come and you’ll be proud of what you’ve accomplished.
How can you be proud of following and then unfollowing?