13 Reasons Why I Unfollowed Your Blog

The blog title is somewhat of an exaggeration and should not be taken literally. I wanted to create a similar blog post as the one I wrote some time ago, titled The 6 Most Annoying Types of Blogs. If you’re having trouble finding the blog post or just want a link, then I’ll make it easier for you and provide the link below ↓ I am experimenting with new formatting in the WordPress editor:

To Unfollow or not to Unfollow, That IS the Question.

Before anyone gets too worked up over my title, there’s a good chance that I didn’t unfollow you. Even if I happened to unfollow your blog, it could very well be attributed to WordPress’s quirky behavior. Okay, let’s say I did unfollow your blog. If that’s the case, then I would really appreciate if you kept reading in order to gain a better understanding of my thought process prior to unfollowing someone on WordPress.

Also, It’s important to keep in mind that the strategies outlined in this list aren’t limited to WordPress blogs, but they can be applied to other popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to name a few. I believe that this subject is closely related to the problem of annoying blogs, as it’s typically one of the main reasons why people choose to unfollow someone. Below ↓ I want to show you 13 Things that bloggers do which may prompt someone to unfollow them. Please note that the following list is in no particular order. Let’s get started, shall we?

13 Reasons Why I Unfollowed You on WordPress

1. You complain too much. I get the sense that your life sucks: there is too much bitching, whining, or complaining. If you see me constantly trying to give you advice, that means I want to help you. But seeing the same shit over an over and over again tells me that you don’t listen or you aren’t willing to take advice from anyone. I’m likely to unfollow your blog if the content is predominantly negative, so it’s best to keep things uplifting.

2. You teach me stuff that I already know. I am sure you put in a lot of effort and research into writing your blog posts. Though, if you seem to be replicating other people’s work and not contributing any originality in your blog posts, then it’s evident that your writing style does not fit my preferences. It is nothing against you, but this is simply my view.

3. You did the research but the execution sucks. Your blog posts have a lot of merit and you have raised some excellent points that I hadn’t considered before. Your blog posts look professional and well-crafted, and it is clear that a great deal of effort has gone into creating them. However, the execution of the content could be improved; you seem to be missing some very important and obvious points which could be key takeaways for readers.

4. You’re always trying to sell me something. It’s obvious that you’re putting in a lot of effort to persuade me into buying something and your marketing strategy is quite apparent. Unfortunately, not many bloggers have the expertise to incorporate ads tastefully without it looking too spammy. I will be sure to unfollow/unsubscribe if I see posts from bloggers that are trying too hard to make a sale.

5. You didn’t proofread first. Grammar and spelling errors are unfortunately all too common, which can a pet peeve for those who take pride in their work and expect the same of others. The lack of interesting visuals and creative writing style can also make the content appear visually dull, leaving a less-than-favorable impression on the reader. This is why it’s so important to be diligent in proofreading your work and use images where appropriate to add another layer to your writing.

6. TMI seems to be your niche. I’m already at my limit when it comes to the number of personal diaries and oversharing posts about sexual encounters, erotica, and other topics that fill up my feed. I have already chosen a few blogs that provide me with interesting content, but adding any more would just be too much for me to handle.

7. You’re obnoxious. That can range anywhere from inappropriate content like sexually explicit (see point #6) to questionable lifestyle choices. Controversial content is OK but keep it classy, please. I am not even bringing politics into this. If your moral compass is completely different than mine, then we’re not on the same vibe! ✨

8. You’re not being authentic. The inauthentic nature of content is painfully obvious, and it can be very tempting to try to fit in with the crowd. It’s always best to make sure you are staying true to your own unique voice and perspective. In the blogosphere, being yourself is much more valuable than blending in with everyone else.

9. You write like your age. I want to make this perfectly clear. I’m not saying that I don’t follow tweens and teens on WordPress, because I do. There’s a 14-year old entrepreneur who I follow on #Twitter, for example. I prefer to follow blogs and social media accounts with professional writing styles, regardless of someone’s age.

10. You post ++++ times a day. In my opinion, posting several times a day is too much for me. There are already quite a few bloggers who share multiple posts per day that I follow and have developed strong relationships with. My reader is already oversaturated with this type of content, and I feel that it would be best to avoid saturating it even more.

11. Your blog posts look like FB statuses. If I come across yet another blog post that is void of words and/or only contains pictures, I will unfollow you and move on. Keep the status updates for Facebook where they belong, and please don’t expect us to make the effort to click on a title that eventually reveals nothing but a post with no words. Nothing frustrates me more than when people post without any real purpose or value.

12. You’re too indecisive with your blog. What do I mean by this? You jump from one domain to another, constantly changing your blog’s name in a way that makes it confusing for readers to keep track of – either by making it unrecognizable or changing it too frequently. This can make it very difficult for your readers to keep up with who they are following, and can be a huge detriment to building an audience. Make up your mind and stop being so wishy-washy.

13. Your blog isn’t user-friendly. It seems like your blog’s link may be broken, or it is not properly optimized to be user-friendly. This makes it difficult for readers to leave comments, and as a result, many visitors may have stopped commenting on your blog posts. If you don’t use WordPress hosting services, your blog may not meet the standards needed to keep current readers engaged, potentially leading them to become frustrated and unfollow your blog.


(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ FINAL THOUGHTS ♥

If you are a blogger, regardless of your level of experience, it is essential to understand how to engage with your readers in a meaningful manner. Even though you are the owner of the blog or website, this does not give you full freedom to post whatever content you want, that is, if you wish for people to remain loyal followers. Rather than posting any kind of content, it is wise to curate useful and relevant content that resonates with your followers while maintaining a level of professionalism and friendliness.

I’d like to make it clear that the reasons I’ve listed are not necessarily representative of everyone else’s reasons. It’s likely that my list looks very different than yours does. If this blog post taught you something or made you think about the way you go about blogging differently, feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment below ↓ I will try to reply to your comments on my days off.

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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72 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why I Unfollowed Your Blog

  1. DEVANG UPADHYAYA says:

    Well…

    Now I know 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this.

    I generally unfollow those who don’t interact/read/respond to my work.

    #1 reason why I follow someone is, I see how they respond to others. If they are responsive to others on their own work, then they will care to read mine as well…. However there are times when people stop caring and then I unfollow.

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  2. buddy71 says:

    I would say those are the most reasons why I don’t follow blogs rather than unfollow them. Besides, there are too many people who follow just to get people to follow them and I don’t do that unless you have something of interest to me. Now as far as number 11 goes, I mostly do post photos But I don’t do and have never done Facebook. And I mostly follow people that have a similar interest as I do, which is mostly photography and even some writing I guess every once in a while. On occasion I do get what I feel is over political but they are interests close to my heart.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Maybe I should change the title to “13 Reasons Why I didn’t follow your blog” I might have to change the title. Ty for your input.

      I find that most of the time, I’m already following said bloggers. I don’t have time to get to know a person’s style until I’ve read several of their blog posts. Sometimes I will see it right away and not follow them as a result. You’re not missing anything on Facebook. Good on you for not having an account on there! I left FB in 2017 and haven’t looked back 👍

      At the end of the day, as long as you’re staying your true authentic self I think that’s what matters most! 😌

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      • buddy71 says:

        I came here to WordPress because Xanga basically shut down and many of the people that I was following and who followed me came here to WordPress. I do miss the feeling of community that Xanga had and I was a completely different type of blogging there than what I do here.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        It sounds like Xanga was a fun place to be. I’m glad that you were able to reconnect with your them on WP.

        I like WP for the most part – it’s mostly an enjoyable experience. Every so often I will weed through the lists of blogs I follow. Another one I forgot to mention were “dead” blogs. It’s sad when bloggers drop off the face of the earth and we have no idea what happened to them.

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      • buddy71 says:

        I agree with you about the dead blogs. I have quite a few people that I’m still following that haven’t posted in a very very long time and I do miss them. And I also wonder what happened to them. There have been a couple that have died and their significant other came on their blog to report they have died. Though I may have several hundred people that I’m following, I would say that there are less than 25 that consistently blog. And of the several hundred who say they are following me, I would say there are less than 25 that actually either make a comment or click the like button consistently.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        It is incredibly sad when bloggers die. There was a blogger who was well known on WP who died last October and I miss her a lot. I am sorry to hear that you have experienced this too. It’s nice when family updates us on their whereabouts. May they rest in peace 🦋

        There is no shame in unfollowing “dead blogs” if it’s cluttering up your space, especially if a blogger suddenly quits and doesn’t tell their readers. The spam likes are annoying – that is another great point. I personally lose respect for bloggers who spam-like my posts or like my posts 2 seconds after I upload a blog post. It tells me they didn’t read the blog post.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi John, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I do follow bloggers who post multiple times a day and I also follow ppl who post a lot of photography with not much writing.

      This list applies to my personal preferences and will differ from your list. I don’t expect people to have the same lists as me.

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      • John says:

        Thanks for this, Hilary. I’ve been told that even five times per day is a bit much since many people have a limited time per day for blogging which makes perfect sense. Being retired, I have the time and find blogging relaxing and fun like my photography. 😊

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Tbh, I look foreword to retirement 😊 Blogging is a really relaxing hobby. Do you have unlimited storage for pics on your blog? I have to be careful when it comes to uploading images because I am limited to 13GB of storage space.

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      • John says:

        Hi Hilary, I have the Business plan which offers 200GB of storage, it’s only at 7% of capacity at the moment, but I always reduce the file size down to 200KB. This makes it much faster for page loads.

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  3. Brian, Snarebox says:

    Is this a personal attack?! 😂 Kidding. We dislike a lot of the same things when it comes to blogs; I think most people likely do. I think I have 20 followers now and 17 of them are trying to sell me something. Lol

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I apologize if my blog post came off as too blunt and off-putting. I understand that it might have come across as assertive and negative, as I was in an irritable mood when I wrote it. However, I still stand by what I wrote. I didn’t expect the comments to blow up like they did lol

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Sorry, I’m really bad at determining whether something is a joke or not, especially when it comes to text/writing/comments.

        This is the Canadian in me apologizing yet again haha 😂

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      • Brian, Snarebox says:

        I think everyone is on the internet, that’s why I always specifically say I’m joking… then people say “I know you, you don’t have to tell me you’re kidding!” So I stop, then they get offended. 😅 You just can’t win out on these streets.

        Ahhhh Canadian now it all makes sense. 😉 kidding x3. I live in Michigan and we’re 25% Canadian so I apologize a lot too. Lol

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  4. Laura says:

    Lots of good advice here about blogging no nos and it’s beautifully written too. I hope I don’t meet many if any of the criteria for an infollow. Although I may write like a 45 year old 🤣

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  5. Esoterica says:

    I completely agree on all points. Just yesterday, I had to unfollow a young woman’s who started a new business and it’s all she’s written about for the last month…. I can’t do it haha!

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  6. Anika says:

    As somebody just starting out, I’m not sure how much I resonate with your thought process but this does provide me an insight of what a reader experts from the blogger they follow!
    I’ll take this as solid advice, Hilary.
    Thank you 💜💜

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  7. Monch Weller says:

    Well, from how I see it — it’s just you invoking your right to freely associate (and dissociate) with people. While you can sever ties with anyone anytime, you don’t need to cite a particular reason from those 13 you outlined.

    What’s worse, however, are the commercial spam bloggers who keep on following you even if you remove them!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Absolutely! I could have just kept quiet and gone about my day, but I was curious to know if other people have similar pet peeves as me. I’m sure that I couldn’t be the only one who gets frustrated by these things. Yes, spam bloggers are the worst! They are incredibly annoying.

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  8. Pooja G says:

    I definitely was nodding along to most of these! I either unfollow or I end up not following them at all for many of these. The biggest one for me is if someone posts constantly. I’m taking like 10 posts within the span of a few minutes. I’ll instantly unfollow for that because it messes up my Reader.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thanks for reading, Pooja! Speaking of posting constantly, I actually unfollowed an account today because they posted 3 blog posts within the span of an hour. I don’t know if this was intentional or not; maybe they were hoping that these blog posts would show up at the top of the reader? I didn’t check their time stamps so it’s impossible to know for sure. Regardless, it was annoying. I guess they didn’t get the memo.

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      • Pooja G says:

        My pleasure. Yeah, I understand why you unfollowed them. Anyone who posts more than like twice a day gets unfollowed by me lol. I usually don’t mind if someone posts more often if they are short posts like six word stories, poetry or photos. But the long posts are just too much for me to read that often.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        I don’t mind creative writing, like 6-word stories, poetry etc. I post poetry from time to time. I always wondered why they were called 6-word stories. Why 6 words and not 7 words? I actually thought you coined the term “6-word story.” 😅

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  9. Lynette d'Arty-Cross says:

    I stopped by to read your post after I saw your comment on Renard’s. I agree with you and him. One other reason I have for unfollowing is a consistent lack of response to comments. I understand that sometimes, WP drops them in some mysterious place or perhaps they have accidentally wound up in spam. But when it’s a consistent non-response and there are responses to other comments, then I will unfollow, even if that person is still liking or commenting on my blog. Good post. Cheers.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for reading my blog post, Lynette! Wow, that’s awesome that you found my blog through Renard’s blog. That is a great point. I think it’s okay if someone is late replying as long as they reply eventually. Then, there are some people who never bother replying to comments. I know the bloggers of which you speak, and I’m constantly questioning whether I should continue following them or not.

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  10. thoughtsnlifeblog says:

    Wow that is some list. For me multiple times a day, can be a bit much. But, I also get it, if people do prompts and challenges then it is inevitable. So, I see what they post and if I like and if I can benefit from them, I stay with them. I actually follow a lot of prolific writer’s.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Indeed, “13 Reasons Why” had a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 😅 I have never actually seen the TV show with the same title. The prompts and challenges don’t really bother me unless they are posted excessively throughout the day. Also, pretty much anything can be turned into long-form content, including prompts. What bothers me are the text-free “wordless’ blog posts, or blog posts with just a title and no context.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for checking out my blog, Samantha! I’m glad it resonated with you! ✨💫 I can be a bit blunt and opinionated sometimes – my blog posts are not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m glad it’s your cup of tea! 🙂

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