Before I went on my overseas trip in June, I noticed that my followers were stuck at a certain number; I think it was 441. Then they decreased, then back to that number, decreased again etc It seemed I was never going to get to 442.
It is happening again. Despite getting about 6 or 7 new followers in the past week, (hard to count, as I receive an email telling me I have a new follower, but then they often do not appear in the Notifcations) my number of followers has gone down from 452 to 451, instead of up to around 458.
Now, you’ll point out that people stop following you, or stop blogging altogether. Yes, I know, but in the past, they have still been counted as following. I can look back on some of my earliest followers, who have actually deleted their blog, and they are still shown as following me.
I also find that people I have been following quite happily for some time now, I am suddenly no longer following. So if you see me pop up as following you again; that is why.
So what’s going on?
I think I have to just let it go. In fact, I’m pretty proud of myself! I have removed the number next to my ‘follow this blog’ bar on my blog, so I can’t see it any more. Out of sight, out of mind.
And have you looked at your Trophy Case lately, to gloat over your achievements?
Oh wait! You can’t any more, because it’s gone!
Yes, WP decided to remove it earlier this year, without any notice (that I am aware of). Although your trophies will still pop up in your Notifications as you get them, but I’ve a long time to wait before I get any more. And to be honest, I had not visited my Trophy Case for months anyway.
But I had been looking forward to reaching 15,000 views and 400 posts, and maybe at the same time achieving 500 followers, since these sorts of milestones (in my blogging life) had gone together in the past. It’s not going to happen now, since my followers are stuck in limbo.
Pity, because I love numbers, you know! I drive my daughter nuts by pointing out all the permutations on the odometer in my car. (It has just reached 6789!)
News Flash! WP has increased the font weight in the WP Reader, so the text is not so grey on grey any more, and is now easier to read. Thank you very much to Rachel M who drew the attention of our complaints to the relevant WP team members, and to them for fixing it. Yay!