Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

An ugly truth about blogging

I've experienced an ugly truth this week, it all happened quite innocently. Do you ever go into your blogger dashboard's reading list and notice that it is a mess? So you say to yourself, I think I will clean this up a little, there is just TOO much here. Then, without any malice intended, you go through the blog list, and begin to delete certain blogs that you believe no longer exist OR perhaps, you haven't read the blog in ages, and are pretty certain the blogger doesn't read your posts either. So you touch a button and wallah! blog is gone. Nothing personal, not meant to be an insult to the blogger. Or so I thought.
Well, apparently, this is the cardinal sin of blogging; If numbers matter to you, never un-follow a blog.  You may pay a price. I deleted 7 blogs, (2 by accident... which I immediate re-joined) Within 2 days, I had lost 13 followers, nearly twice the number I deleted. Now that, my friends is a RECORD!
(photo courtesy of Pinterest)
 How weird, I thought. Did a disgruntled, dropped blogger alert her friends of my faux pas and start the ball rolling? Who knows? By the end of the week, I may lose 20 more. It would have taken some effort to discover WHO had stopped following  said blogger in the first place, and then the blogger would have to act: "How dare you stop following me, TAKE THAT!" 
Photo courtesy of Pinterest
 Hey, I occasionally lose readers, at least a few times a year. I don't take it personally, I just figure, my blog is not their cup of  tea, or, like me, they were
clearing their dashboard. No offense meant, no offense taken.
 But an ugly truth about blogging is that some people ARE easily offended and will take their REVENGE. Alas!  
Or so it seemed.....

Could it be, as mentioned by several commenters below, that Google is messing about with us???! If so, that would mean that I have misread this entire issue.....hmmmm.
BUT since I am on the subject, allow me to say that I appreciate every single person who takes the time to read my posts, and if, by accident, I deleted YOU, forgive and forget.  Now, I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
Don't be shy!

61 comments:

  1. Jeri, it is NOT YOU... It is something going on with blogger that has made peoples followers vanish! I just found that out yesterday. I had lost 4 followers, and thought, what the? Then I was visiting a blog and there were comments about people losing followers and someone said it was a glitz with blogger.

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    1. Penny, I hope you are right, but the timing of it is so coincidental, and sudden.

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  2. Hi Jeri, I didn't realize that who is on the Reading List could be seen by the owner! I have no idea whose Reading Lists my Blogs are on. I do not even know who signs up to receive notification of my Blogs let alone who wants to unsubscribe. But it sounds like I'd rather not know because I would probably want know why they know longer want to! :-)

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    1. Cathy, You can see your subscribers on the reading list, but I have no idea how to find out who UNSUBSCRIBED. As I said, I lose a few readers every year and just assume, they are cleaning the dashboard, as I did. But to lose 13 readers in one day is very suspicious.

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    3. 150 in one week?! Read Penny's and Terra's comments, perhaps that is what happened to both of us. I would only blog, if I continued to enjoy it, and I do. But if it becomes an obligation for you, I am sure your readers would understand and not judge you for it. Mine began as a personal work and farm journal , and I am so grateful that many who were with me at the beginning remain faithful.

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    4. I do apologize I mean to type 15 nor 150, yeesh!

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  3. It is not you, Google Friend Connect announced people who do not have a Google account will be dropped from following blogs using Google Friend Connect. I lost 16 followers so far this week. Sad me. They can follow my blog via bloglovin.com which works great or by my email link.

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    1. Then I wonder how we can get rid of Google Friend connect? I never liked it anyway, but can't seem to find a way out of it. How rotten of Google!

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  4. I only unfollow blogs who haven't posted for many months or even years...but I have to admit, I am pretty ruthless with the same situation when it comes to Twitter! I love the blogs (and that includes yours, dear Jeri) who have been around for years, like myself, and are still hanging on in there - to be honest, I'd still blog whether I had followers or none at all!

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    1. Gretel, I too, would still blog even if I had no followers, I blogged for my first year with only 5 followers and never a comment! I think blogs are going out of fashion, but I don't care, I still love them.

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  5. I was so excited about the blogger business I forgot to mention that your work is absolutely stunning! I have followed for some time but I am a lazy when it comes to posting comments. I do apologize. Your work transports me to happier days and I come away with a better insight. Thank You.

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    1. in my original comment I typed 150 lost readers, I mean to type 15! Took me a while to get back here to correct that. Interesting conversation.

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  6. Jeri, I don't think you've done anything, it's Google making changes! I've heard other bloggers comment on this very issue. The GFC button on my blog has never worked properly and still doesn't. Since blogger is a Google program they pretty much do what they want! On a much happier note--I love your new header!! ♥

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    1. Martha, I am feeling a little better about it, now that I know it is probably Google and not individual bloggers.
      About the header; I have experimented with so many banners, and was making some for our website, this is just one of them. I really like it too!

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  7. It seems Google is always trying to make it better and continually messes it up instead. I love blogs. They are so much more personal. I try to comment when I can so people know it's important. So many abandoned us faithful followers for Facebook. I am not a Facebook fan at all. Now I see many are coming back! I give it a full year of no posts and then delete that blog.

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  8. I agree with you that Facebook turned many people away from blogs and I just don't get it, blogs are so much more interesting.I dumped Facebook years ago for many reasons, now, For business purposes, I may have to re-open my account on Facebook...but I don't really want to.
    By the way, I've been sorting through all those fabrics you sent me, and have found uses for many, will share later.

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  9. You still have a follower in me!!!! I just love your blog Jerri!
    Happy Winter wishes!
    Lurena Williamson
    Tattered Moon

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    1. Thank you Lurena! I don't want to lose you.

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  10. I've lost a bunch too, Jeri. I was expecting to lose some,though, after someone posted about this Google Friend Connect change.

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    1. Deb, I don't know why Google has to mess around like this.... and here I am, blaming it on a disgruntled blogger, (which may still be true in my case.)

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  11. hmmmmm......i had no idea this could happen! i never look at my numbers, not since i first started long ago. is it weird that i don't look at my numbers?

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    1. Maybe, a little weird, LOL! I can't help looking at my numbers because they are right there above the Member box.I have often wanted to remove that counter, because it is deceptive. A blog could say it has 2000 members, but how many are actually READERS? All that matters are the readers, they are the ones that keep a blog alive.

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  12. Another blog that I read mentioned the same thing. One of her readers sent this info about the change:

    Blogger is cleaning out / up non-Blogger accounts. It was posted on http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/ a few weeks ago here: http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2015/12/blogger-followers-google-friend-connect.html

    Might be some additional information on these links.

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    1. Well, I guess I should eat my words... it appears the real culprit here IS Blogger after all. However, my post title remains the same, and the "ugly truth about blogging" is that Blogger cannot be trusted.

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  13. I also have lost followers but it is because of Blogger.

    I love your blog and plan to keep reading and enjoying your posts.

    Have a nice Friday and a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

    P.S. Did you get any snow up there?

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    1. Lorraine, we did get a little snow, not much. You know, you have been on my blogging list for years and years and will remain there always.

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  14. Jeri, see my latest post. It will make you feel better.

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    1. Thanks Donna, good to know. Good grief, one of your readers lost 300 followers! I guess I cannot complain anymore.

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  15. Dear, dear JERI LANDERS! It IS Blogger and the whole connect thing that is doing this! DO YOU KNOW that I quit my blog because of that HUGE drop in numbers? I felt horrible, thinking that I should no longer spend time creating blog posts if people no longer like me! But in ONE DAY I lost 57 followers. Now I know the truth; the new following system is messing with our numbers!

    Which brings me to say that lately, I've been thinking about how social media has shaped our perspectives...it's difficult to divorce ourselves from this, but all these LIKES, DISLIKES, FOLLOW....I can't help but judge my writing, my photography and presence by these stats. What a weird world we live in. LET'S PLAY IN NOWHERE!

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    1. Anita, How true that we depend so much on stats for approval. Let's not do it anymore! I have to admit, I look at the numbers, but realize that if I only had 2 people looking at my writings and pics, I would continue to "journal", simply because I like doing it. Sometimes I will write, what I think is a really humorous post, and get very few comments, Then it's like "Wow, nobody gets it, how could that be?!" But as I re-read the post to myself and still laugh, I know, it's fine, and that I just have an odd sense of humor. So I try not to judge my work too much by the "stats". Yeah, Let's just play in NOWHERE!

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  16. Jeri, I am so glad you posted this. I have seen a drop in my numbers as well. I thought it was because I have been in and out a lot over the past year. Thanks again for the information. I love visiting here! Hugs...

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    1. Bonnie, I guess we should all spread the word about what is actually happening here with Blogger.

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  17. JERI! I had to come back to see your response, and I so agree with you. As artists (I don't know if I can put myself in the same category as you!), we are caught between a rock and a hard place. We MUST create, and we juggle with wanting to see if the public loves what we love, then we realize we must do what we do because WE LOVE IT...but in this world where the MARKET dictates what we do and how we do it, it makes being an artist very difficult. But I suppose, that our era is no different from others where artists struggled to get approval. Therefore exists the condundrum. I love what the poet Stanley Kunick said about poetry:"Poetry is the last true art because it has NO MARKET VALUE!" I think this can be said about any art from the heart...that which is of spirit cannot be appreciated by the masses. I GET YOU! I DO! I laugh myself silly (and I know Penny does too!) when I read your posts! I start believing that the animals are talking!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE YA!

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    1. Great quote about poetry! One thing I have learned over the last 30 years of selling my art,is this,the "elites" try to set the stage for what is art, but it is the public that has the common sense to KNOW what is art. If you could see some of the garbage that wins art awards at upscale art events, you would faint in disbelief. The good thing is, the general public sees through the garbage and buys real art.. So, there is still hope! You and Penny share my sense of humor, for sure.

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  18. It is so encouraging to read your comments about blogging! I love, love your blog and would never ever dream of deleting such a delightful site!

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  19. Thank you, I find your blog a delight and inspiration as well, you know that.

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  20. haha, been there done that by accident too!!! I wanted to share, that we purchased a miniature horse, Bug, he is much too cute, and if you have a chance and would like to see him, comeon over to facebook, and he has his own page.. lol
    https://www.facebook.com/thebugsbuzz/
    love your blog would never leave!

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    1. Robin, I saw your little horse, he is precious! Very happy and rambunctious. I want a BUG!... but I better stick with my miniature donkeys, they would be very jealous. I could not leave a comment, because I don't have a facebook account.

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  21. Jeri,
    p.s. Really like your new header!

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    1. Penny, me too! It is very different from my many previous Banners, but was actually intended for my website.

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    2. I also love your background.. I have fun finding different critters in there... I think I even see a bear playing the accordion. An I correct?
      Thanks so much for your very encouraging words about my purses.

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    3. Penny, the bear are holding tea cups. The piece is called "Teddys in Teddies"

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  22. I guess I never realized that I could find out how many followers I had, Jeri. Poor souls...I spend more time reading others and commenting and so seldom post nowadays that they probably don't even realize I still exist! I DO have a gazillion posts in the draft stage though. Guess I should hit Publish once in a while?

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    1. Roxi, I check in on you from time to time to see if you've anything new, but it has been awhile. The way I look at it, is, you'll post something when the spirit moves. I've gone weeks without posting.Sometimes, I just don't have anything to write about

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  23. I cannot believe that anyone would not want to come and share the world of Hoppalong Hollow. So, I am sure it was an unintended "glitch" of some sort!!!

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    1. Bev, I would like to believe it is only a glitch, the alternative is not very pleasant.

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  24. I lost over 20 followers in 2 days!!
    (I am so worried to hurt or offend any one) I figured it had to be blogger for it happened before my eyes woosh!! I was just trying to think of some thing to post on my blog about it now, and I am happy to see that I am not alone so I hope you don't feel as bad knowing that it is not just you :-) xxx oo Linnie

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    1. Linnie, I ended up losing 17 in all. Perhaps, if they are actual readers, they will be able to sign up via email. That is what matters, the readers. I am pretty sure I offend people sometimes, as I tend to be quite honest about certain things and some people just don't like that, oh well.

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  25. I guess that I am one of them followers that you had lost. I had your post in my readinglist, so I came here to read your post, and I realized that I
    wasn´t your follower anymore when I clicked the followingbutton. But now I have started following you again. :) Strange!

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    1. Catharina, thank you for letting me know! I guess we will never figure out how this odd thing happened.

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  26. Well I don't have a blog and I'm still getting your posts via email. I enjoy your blog, your beautiful home and art so I follow. I was following one blog and the person mentioned that she had followers that she didn't know and they never commented and she thought that was creepy! I unsubbed! Apparently she didn't want followers.
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I think that MOST readers do not comment,Only a very small percentage do. I read many blogs and often don't leave a remark. As long as people are reading the blogs, that is what matters most, but of course, we all love to hear from readers too.

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  27. I do not always post comment, but I continue to follow your blog, Jeri!
    I love your talent, your art and your love for animals and nature.
    I wish you a nice weekend !

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    1. Hi Nath, I've been wondering how you are doing on your book. And, like you, I do not always leave a comment.

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  28. I don't have any followers on my blog so I have no one to upset :o) but I am completely new to blogging and I don't post often. I will always follow you Jeri as I love your art (you are so talented) and I love hearing about Hopalong Hollow and all the animals that live there. Keep up the great work xxxx Julie

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  29. I don't always have a chance to respond to your bog entries, but I read them faithfully and enjoy everything you do. So glad I'm signing in with Google!

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    1. Hi Suz, I believe it was that Google + that caused a lot of readers to disappear into thin air. I am on Google+, but honestly, I still don't even know what it's all about.

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  30. You know, if people are in it just for followers... what's the fun in that? I read your blogs (when I have time, and remember to post in my own. It's been a challenge some months) because your work and thoughts appeal to me - NOT because I'm trying to attract readers.

    I had two very popular fitness and weight loss blogs for a while. Numbers were important. Hitting 50,000 visitors a month meant something... but I cannot tell you WHAT. It was a game. A not very fun one, as it turned out. Being a professional artist, just working and following other artists I enjoy, well... that's a lot more satisfying than playing a game.

    But maybe google and blogger are cleaning out feeds and such too. It could all be a glitch!

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  31. Kyra, You are absolutely right. I would write my blog and post my pictures if I had no followers at all. If people read and comment, that makes it even better, and it is a nice way to meet new friends. I have made many wonderful buddies through blogging. "Numbers" have no significance, because I doubt that even 1/4 of the "followers" of any blog, actually consistently read it. I think if I had thousand of subscribers, I would feel pressured to always come up with fresh new ideas, but as things stand, I am just having fun, with no pressure at all.

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