A Note About Your Fake Followers

The purpose of this post is to let the patrons of fictional posse know that not everyone is smitten with your prose and teachings.

Hey you, the one with millions of followers for your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, et al:

What percentage of followers are actually human? Of that, how many of them genuinely follow your blog by selecting the “follow” button? You don’t know? Ah, shucks. That would indicate you’re in the business of desperation.

How enormously gratifying is it to pay for fake fans? How is it possible that a blog that has been around not even six months and you’ve managed to generate thousands of followers? I’m not mad, but I am genuinely curious.

Then, I read this.

And this.

And this.

And most recently…..this!

I will admit, I thought about buying followers for, like, five seconds. I am irked by the thought that the greatest wisdom of the entire internet goes unnoticed. But then who am I writing for? Am I writing for me, or is it all a facade to achieve worldwide success? If it’s the latter, then it would be hard to suggest I’m writing exclusively for therapeutic purposes.

This blog exists because I like to write. And I need the creative freedom to write about anything I want, and not be tied down to a certain topic, genre, subject. It’s a potpourri of different things and people, and I am especially akin to point out wrongdoings. While I understand following a blog like this would be uninteresting, I don’t understand why a blogger, so desperate for internet fame, would resort to acquiring a fictitious fan base. How does that make you feel? How do you sleep at night? What would your ONE actual follower think of the dystopia fan base you’ve created?

I have a Twitter account that was born in 2009. Of late, I only have about 20 followers. Most of them are probably bots, though I can account that a few of those are human. Recently, I did send a tweet that was retweeted 30 times. So, the trick with internet fame is being in the right place at the right time. Of course, paying the right people to make sure you remain in the top spot in the search rankings also helps.

Old school magic, right there.

Welcome to the digital age, where you can go play pretend all over the place, and even have a fictitious group of followers. If you really have to resort to such tactics, then what you preach isn’t all that good, is it?



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