Why I no longer show who is following my blog

21 Jul

Why I no longer post who is following my blog


I really enjoy knowing that people out there in Blogland like and follow my work. It is gratifying, boosts my aging ego and encourages me to continue adding to my repertoire of writing.

What I don’t care for are the now multiple business blogs that like or follow my blog in hopes to pick up a customer.

When a person follows my blog, I make it a point to visit that blog site to thank that person for deciding my work is valuable enough to them that they want to get notifications of my uploads.

I know everything I write is not for everyone. Not even for me. For example, I’m not too keen on posting this particular blog.

What prompted this post is that I received a notification of a follow from a blog site that contains explicit pornography.

I just recently posted a piece my 9-year-old granddaughter wrote. If I publicized those that follow me, and she were to go onto my site and inadvertently click on that site’s symbol — WHOA! Papa Skip! What’s this?

I also had a teacher who wanted to use my poem “The first step” as part of the graduation ceremonies for her GED class. She wanted to post a link to my blog on her own teacher’s website.

Again — WHOA! Etc.

Unless you can tell me differently, there is no way to block someone or some company from following you. And if you use the widget that lists those that follow your blog, there’s a good chance that follower could appear on your front page. And if it appears on your front page, it’s tantamount to an endorsement by you.

So, if you are using the widget that displays followers, you might want to make sure that you are okay with the content of that follower’s blog, because it could work its way to your home page, and you would be endorsing that site.

To all the folk that have followed my work — or are not businesses or not explicit pornographic sites — thanks for the follow, but understand why I’m not opting to display the icons of followers.

I can’t do anything about those who “like” my work — but do wish I could. My granddaughter, you know.

No offense to those businesses and porno blogs meant.

SM (which does not stand for “sadomasochist”)



I did  comment on the pornographic site and requested that they unfriend me, and explained why. Within a few minutes they complied.


9 Responses to “Why I no longer show who is following my blog”

  1. Life Of An Optimistic Kid July 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    Great point! Never thought of that. Good things I don’t show who shows mine because that could be bad. I think that there shouldn’t be room for pornography here. But I guess is a form of art….

    • skipmars July 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      I’m like you — I never thought about it until it occurred. WordPress does not single out pornography as unacceptable in its rules and regs.

      Pretty naive of me to assume they did.

      • Life Of An Optimistic Kid July 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

        I don’t blame them for it since this a place for people to show their artistic side of them. Sadly pornography is considered an art so there should be room for them here Not that I agree 🙂

  2. Outlier Babe July 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Interesting. Never occurred to me to show them–perhaps because there are less than 100, and, of those, I have found that less than 20 read even some of posts on a semi-regular basis (I treasure those few, and now consider some of them my friends).

    However, I was surprised to pick up some followers who hold many opinions opposite to mine–opinions I would not want to promote–so entirely understand your point.

    • skipmars July 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

      Opinions opposite mine are one thing. That’s the meat of debate and discussion. Unless you mean racism and other isms. Those I’m not going to support as well.

      Republican v Democrat, et. al., I don’t mind debating the many issues.

      If you mean what is the definition of pornography? Well, trust me — this was definitely an explicit pornographic site. Action videos. So, I couldn’t very well cater to that on my site.

      • Outlier Babe July 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

        Yes–the isms. But I don’t mind the follows. You never know what may open someone’s eyes on a topic (mine included).

      • skipmars July 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

        Mama always told me life was like a box of chocolates . . .

      • Outlier Babe July 23, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

        If only we could poke our finger through everyone immediately before they surprised us in nasty ways with their hidden false flavorings : p

      • skipmars July 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

        Well, I’m not sure that was done to me in this case. And, having gone through two marriages, I’m not sure deceipt is at the forefront of even a large majority of people to knock on a relationship door — whether work or social or whatever. I want to be perceived in the best light. I want to be accepted — even liked. That probably makes it more likely that I will emphasize the good aspects of who I am, and deemphasize the other. It’s a difficult thing to be completely transparent, in my experience.

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