Unfollowing

I am still fairly new to Blogland, only joining in the conversations around this time last year so forgive me if I am still not quite up to speed with the normal conventions.

I have enjoyed following many varied blogs during this time, reading about other people's lives and listening in to, and very occasionally joining in with, various discussions on a wide range of topics.

For the first time yesterday I felt the need to *unfollow* a blog. It has hitherto appeared to be a fairly innocuous blog about a person's daily life and habits.  Yesterday,  however,  I felt that a particular comment there was quite condescending and unnecessarily judgemental on aspects of  a certain lifestyle choice for many of us *ordinary*  folk.

Although I do not always agree with some opinions voiced on various blogs, I am rarely offended by them, until now.

I suppose that this is an advantage of having *virtual* relationships.  You can just switch someone off if you no longer want to engage with them.

23 comments:

  1. I don't pay attention to this business of "following". After all I am not a prophet and I would not wish to follow one either. You are right to suggest that there are subtle "conventions" in blogging and it takes a long while to tune in to them. You can get hurt in the blogosphere and I have experienced several upsets but I am confident that the vast majority of bloggers are nice, sane people with whom you can enjoy happy links.

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  2. I think most people who blog don't deliberately go out to annoy people. I try to ignore politics but sometimes I jump in with my size eleven boots.

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    1. I also ignore politics and religion as opinions are so often polarised it is not a good idea to jump in.

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  3. The delete button is used by all bloggers every now and again. It is your blog and your prerogative to use it.

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  4. Not having posted for a few days it can't be me, which means I must still be getting away with the rubbish I write. Phew!

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    1. I can't imagine you would ever be offensive Tasker. You are too much of a gentleman.

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  5. You've got everyone urgently checking their follower numbers and looking back at old posts to see if anything could have caused upset!!

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    1. Ha, ha. Sorry about that. Perhaps I should not have mentioned it!

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  6. It wasn't me.Honest.If you are not following me why not give me a try.I need some new followers,please!!!!

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  7. I upset people regularly
    And never really wan to

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    1. I don't think you would upset me John. I love your blog x

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  8. I follow many blogs and on any given day one or another could say something I don't agree with. Everyone has their own opinion and they're entitled to it. It could be they are having a bad day or something really ticked them off. I find if I don't agree with something I usually just move on. It's often not worth putting my 2 cents worth in because that starts up a whole other conversation. Maybe the next time I visit their blog if they're still saying things I'm not comfortable with I probably won't go back. Too many other great blogs to read!

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    1. Thanks Janice. I agree. I usually just ignore most things that I don't agree with but this particular post seemed to be making the blogger out to be vastly superior to the rest of us *hoi polloi * and I was put off following the rest of their blog.

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  9. Unfollowing is certainly a good way of expressing your opinion without being judgemental. So, a tactful act.

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    1. I am sure the person concerned will probably not even notice.

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  10. I have blogged for some years now but just lately have had one or two nasty comment. At first I was upset but have decided that I shall ignore them, I'm not even going to delete them as they just want a reaction.
    The majority of my commenters are lovely.
    Briony
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    1. There are some very unhappy people out there in the world.

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  11. I think good manners are essential in blogland. If you can't say anything positive - don't bother to comment. I have also stopped commenting on; and in a couple of cases following people, who are happy to receive my comments but can't be bothered to comment on my blog. Blogging can take up an awful lot of our precious time and it pays to be selective, I find.
    xxxx

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    1. I don't mind so much if people read my posts but don't comment. However, if someone does comment, I like to try to make sure I post a reply as that seems to good manners. Although sometimes I may miss one from time to time - it is not intentional!

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