‘Invited To Follow’

In case you didn’t know, WordPress has a feature that enables you to invite other bloggers to follow your blog.

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Since I started blogging in 2012, I have never once ‘agreed’ to follow anyone who has contacted me in this way, and I still get around five a week on average. The people who use this facility are usually innocent of the implication, I am sure. But nontheless, they expect me to follow their blog without so much as a ‘Like’ or comment on even one of my own posts. In many cases, the blogs are brand new, with little or no content, so I have no idea what I might even be following.

I think WordPress should remove this general facility. If I want to follow a blog, I will find it eventually.

I have ignored no less than three of these already today, though part of me feels sorry for those bloggers who think it might be the normal thing to do.

60 thoughts on “‘Invited To Follow’

  1. I feel the same way, Pete. I’m offended when I get these requests, as I assume it is someone with something to sell, or someone with bad manners. Perhaps they just don’t know better.

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  2. The marketing guys are a strong lobby and this is the perfect tool for them. I just dont think that they understand that the true blogging community have little interest in SEO, monetarising blogs or big data collection. We like to like and comment 🙂

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  3. I too was unaware of this feature and would not be tempted to use it. If people do follow my blog I always take a look at theirs just as a matter of courtesy

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    1. I do the same. If they have a post, I read it, comment, and leave a thank you for following. But I never look at these ‘invitation’ bloggers.
      Thanks, Sarada.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Whatever next…what does baffle me though is how someone who writes 2 lines and not interesting either…I just thought ..what? they had nearly 200 likes and comments saying how great…No work involved…and then had the cheek to tell me they had followed me so would I follow them… they did say please…Am I missing something here as to why would I ???? semi-rant over, Pete…I hope you are well and staying safe 🙂 Bye the bye I didn’t know about that feature just wondered… not enough though as to why I was getting follow me requests…I think I am getting cranky in my old age…sigh 🙂

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    1. You and I share a dislike of those ‘Please follow me’ people. They just don’t understand that blogging is not Twitter or Facebook. I help them to learn, by never following them. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I’ve never accepted an invitation to follow someone’s blog that way. The first time I received one I was totally baffled by it and couldn’t understand how they had found me – I didn’t know about the WordPress feature. I delete them.

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  6. I wouldn’t accept a random request like that either. The only way I might use that feature is if a friend or family member wanted to follow my blog and didn’t quite know how to go about it. I assume it would trigger an email to them with clear instruction how to follow.

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  7. I have been following you for sometime, but my blogging activity has been reduced over the last year or so, but I am back with new posts again. It’s a shame, because although I have about 1000 followers I am not getting read any more. i am looking into this, but thelast thing I would ever consider is inviting new followers. They will come whne people like what you have to say.

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  8. 🙂 Pete, I seldom follow those people that invite me to follow their blog. I rather do it the old-fashioned way; which is checking out a blog on my own and following it if I happen to like it.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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