I’ve been insulted by WP’s electronic brain, which has blocked me from following any more blogs, because it suspects me of following blogs purely in order to get them to follow me. Apparently I am following too many blogs, and it looks suspicious. At the time of learning this, I was had eighty-eight on my list. I suspect that this is not a particularly high number. I have been blogging for a little over three years. If I was simply looking to increase my following, by now I would have followed (and, no doubt, subsequently unfollowed) thousands of blogs – which I haven’t.
If the technology that highlights the problem was more advanced, it would see that I never follow a blog without first having – or at least starting – a conversation with the blogger. It would record the fact that, if I follow someone, I also want to get to know them better.
It was recommended that I cease following a few blogs, in order to be able to follow others, so I went to my management page and dropped ten blogs – all of which I wanted to keep – in the hope that it would sort the problem out. I was interested in every one of those blogs, and I didn’t want to lose touch with them.
Seeing no other option, I took the advice given, and ceased following several blogs which I would have preferred to keep, in the hope that I would be able to follow new ones, although it occurred to me that this action is exactly what I would do if I was trying to gain attention for my blog – drop those I’m following and find new ones to follow. WP’s advice plays into the hands of bloggers who only follow others in order to receive follows.
Well, anyway, it hasn’t worked yet. I still can’t follow new blogs.
I’m grateful to the support staff member who advised me. She opened up a dialogue, and helped me to sort out another issue which I had – one which was preventing me from receiving notifications of new posts from blogs I was already following. She is not responsible for what the WP technology is telling her. I’m also pleased that WP is dealing with the issue of bloggers touting for follows in this way. I notice I no longer seem to be getting those kind of follows. I don’t like being followed by folks who have no interest in me or my poetry, and I wouldn’t insult another blogger by playing that game.
I can’t really understand why I am under suspicion, but maybe it’s all down to patterns. We each make our own pattern in this world. This pattern is shaped by our genes, our experiences and our choices in life. While every pattern is unique, most of them fit into an understood category – even those that stand out as being unusual. These unusual ones could be compared to the blood group, AB negative – the rarest of the bog-standard blood groups. However, there are many far more unusual blood groups, the rarest of which is believed to be be RH-Null. It has been suggested that Rh-Null has a close connection with extra-terrestrial beings, although I make no comment on that.
Maybe my pattern is as rare as Rh-Null. I don’t think the WP bots are programmed to deal with my abstract design.
Just because I look like an extra-terrestrial, it doesn’t mean I am one.
.Beam me up, Scotty.
©Jane Paterson Basil