This is what my blog feels like lately:
Within the past couple of months I have noticed a strange ripple in blogosphere, and specifically within the teeny-tiny space that my blog occupies.
First, I’ve encountered Ghost Bloggers. These “people” have a username but no site. That’s right, no site at all.
Second, are Frenemies. These are bloggers who have followed my blog, giving me that warm fuzzy feeling that I’ve made a new friend. So, I went to their site and found that, wow, this is not a person who posts about writing or life (pretty much all I post), so why are they following me? Regardless, I followed back because my mother taught me manners. I even thanked them for following and told them how pretty their blog looks on them. But I have never seen or heard from them again.
Next up are The Reader Stalkers. These are the bloggers who scroll through the reader every day and hit the “Like” button for every single post they see. They do not read these posts. Oh no, not The Reader Stalkers. They can’t actually read a post. They can only ‘like’ a post.
Probably the worst group are the MeMeMeMe Bloggers. These people only follow my blog because they have just self-pubbed and they want my attention on their new book. Okay, fine, I’ll check you out. I’ll follow back. I’ll read your posts and your “About Me” pages. I’ll comment once or twice a week. But I don’t get the same treatment in return. I can probably name 20 blogs right now who are supposed “followers” of mine who have never never made a single comment on my blog, even though I have left dozens of comments on their blogs.
Last, but not least, are the Pseudo Bloggers. They aren’t really bloggers at all, but use a WordPress blog to sell a product, and I don’t mean books. I mean sunscreen. Theatrical costumes. Music CDs. Are these spammers? I have no idea, but they’re getting through Akismet and following my blog. Damnable creatures.
Anyway, all of this is more of a nuisance than a legitimate problem–at least, for now. I am still able to find the humor. But I do sense a shift in blogosphere and I wonder where all of this is really headed.
How about you? What has been your strangest encounter in blogosphere?