But sometimes I just gotta rant.
When you’ve been around the blogosphere a while, you start noticing things bloggers talk about over and over. Some are worthy… and others are not. Which five make me cringe the most? Oh, let me tell you.
1. Your Klout Score
I see tweets, Facebook messages and other updates out there from time to time that go a little something like this: “Oh my Gahhhhhhh. My Klout score dropped 2 points!!!! What did I do? How do I get it back up?”
Really? Do you not have more important things to do, like scrub the toilets? At least there’s a noticeable effect when you scrub your toilets. They kinda sparkle. Do you sparkle when your Klout score is two points higher? I think not.
Are brands really paying attention to your Klout scores anymore? Well if they are, they certainly consider more than that. I haven’t looked at my Klout score in months and finally went through the trouble to delete it yesterday (it’s a P in the A so if you want to know how, read the update part of this post on deleting your score). I decided I didn’t need Klout to send me free Axe deodorant. Huh.
2. Who Unfollowed You on Twitter
Does anyone really notice when they lose a follower? Apparently so.
I admit it. Way back when, I used to get a weekly email that told me who unfollowed me. But then I realized something. THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO ABOUT IT.
I mean, why spent time trying to decipher the real reason that @coolmama123456789 unfollowed you? You’ll never figure it out unless you ask her. And then you’ll just look like a stalker.
Time is better spent actually tweeting something to the followers who are still following you.
And remember… even though Twitter will never admit it, I know for a fact that I’ve mysteriously unfollowed people.
3. How Many Followers, Friends, etc. Someone Else Has That You Don’t
It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look. Hey – it’s human nature after all. But if you get all frowny faced that Blogger C has 100 more Twitter followers than you or Blogger D has 400 Facebook fans and she just launched her page yesterday, well like I said before, there’s nothing you can do about it.
Maybe Blogger C has more followers because she spends an hour each week seeking out new followers and the majority of them follow her back. Maybe Blogger D actually purchased Facebook ads to gain some targeted new fan page likes. Of course, they could have gotten them from doing less savory things too. Regardless, it’s not hurting you. Move along now. Nothing to see here.
4. Forum Posts that Start with “I’m Looking for New Blogs to Follow!”
You know the posts. They’re splattered all over blogging forums with titles like “Looking for genuine followers!” and “Let’s follow each other!” If part of your “networking” tactics includes visiting forums and leaving your link in these type of posts, just stop. PLEASE stop.
The “genuine follower” poster is probably really looking for genuine followers. But most of the replies she gets will be *this* close to comment vomit with bloggers posting their blog link faster than Steve Carrell can say “That’s what she said.” They aren’t looking to actually visit any other blogs on the thread; they just wanna make sure there’s is included.
If you see a post like this in a forum, click the back button. Instead, answer a forum question where you can show how awesome, smart or supportive you are. (Note: If you’re in a smaller, more targeted group on a forum, in a Facebook group, or elsewhere, those are typically okay. Just not the massive ones where you’ll get stuck following bloggers you really don’t care to follow).
5. Lists that You Didn’t Make
Is it normal to feel disappointed when you don’t make a list? Absolutely! But dwelling on it you should not (thanks Yoda).
If you really, really wanted to make that list, study those who did. What makes them stand out? Can you glean any tips from their blogs? If you just wanted the bragging rights, know that it really doesn’t last forever (not speaking from experience, hehe. just guessing here.)
There you have it. Five things that you really should stop worrying about. Of course, I’m not saying you should be all loosey-goosey with your blogging either. You should pay attention to some things, like if your blog stats shows that your blog is growing rather than shrinking. And hey- I can spout off around how many Twitter followers I have if someone were to ask me off the cuff.
But these five things? Not worth the effort. I’d rather channel that effort into making my blog kick more ass.
So spill it… you guilty of any of these? What else would you add to the list?