I don't know if anyone noticed, but a while back, I removed the follower gadget from my blog. I've removed a lot of superfluous stuff from it as a matter of fact. I'm thinking of getting rid of more. I don't really know if I can explain why I did it. I'll try, but I'm sure I won't do a very good job.
Let's see....I think I'm just like any other normal human being. I like having friends and making connections with others. I have truly enjoyed finding and getting to know, in at least a small measure, the people I have met through the blogging community. I hope I don't make myself too much of a nuisance to them. You know, commenting on their blogs all the time, thereby making them feel like they have to comment on mine even though they don't want too. If you don't want too, you really don't have too.
Because I'm a normal human being, I do feel flattered that people read the fluff I write. It gives me kind of a giddy, childish feeling to know that. That being said, I'm sure there are also people who read because they think I'm ridiculous and they like to laugh at me. I don't mind. It's just life. In fact, it kind of makes me feel normal if someone out there can't stand this blog. I don't care whether I know those who read, or not. They can read and they can comment, or not. I don't write what I write in the hopes of generating lots of comments. (Although, it is nice and very much appreciated when they are left.) I write what's on my mind. That's it. That's not entirely true, I don't write everything that's on my mind. Maybe I should. ☺
When I first installed the follower gadget, I kind of liked it and it made me kind of nervous at the same time. I know that sounds stupid, but it's always felt like a double edged sword. It lets you know who likes you, but it also lets others know just how many like you. A popularity contest almost. She who dies with the most friends wins. I don't like that. In fact, I think the attitude is pretty stupid and it annoys me. Tremendously. Always has and always will. I'm not in this to win it. I want this to be a no pressure situation for me and for those who read. So, if you're sick of following me, or you wish you had never started, it's really okay that you want to stop.
I don't like thinking someone out there who only has 3 followers, might look at my blog and see that I have 32 and then feel bad about themselves. I don't say that because I have an over-inflated opinion of myself. Oh, look at me. I have 32 followers. Nanner, nanner. I just used myself as an example. I don't look at someone who has 90 and think I must be doing something wrong. That's just plain silly and will get me nowhere, other than feeling bad about myself, really fast. I know there are people out there who are all about gathering all of the followers they can. Fine. It's just not me. I'd rather have a few follow because they truly want too, or none at all rather than feel pressure (real or imagined) to one up someone all. the. time.