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Do You Have Ghosts Following You? #MPBooks

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No this isn’t about literal ghosts but about the blogging kind.  I recently read a post by a blogger complaining about ‘Ghost Followers’. What is a Ghost Follower? These are people who follow your blog without liking or commenting on any posts, essentially an invisible follower. The blogger was complaining about the lack of interaction they get from ghost followers and I even read that the blogger felt it necessary to delete those ghost followers from their blog as they were very keen in interactions with other people, something the ghost follower doesn’t do.

This blog post made me think though, would I delete a ghost follower? The answer to me is simple: no. The reason I wouldn’t delete a ghost follower from my blog is because I’ve frequently been a ghost follower myself. So today I thought I’d come up with a list of the types of ghost followers there may be following your blog, based on my own behaviour and that I’ve observed in others. We all would like followers who constantly interact with every post, but in reality it doesn’t always happen, so here are my ideas of the types of ghost followers you may have:

The Late Ghost Follower

Fact is we’re all busy people these days, some more than others. The late ghost will follow your blog but be late in doing so. I’m not always able to keep up with the blogs I follow so I choose to bulk-visit sometimes which means I read a bunch of blog posts from the same blog all in one go. I bulk-visit my wordpress feed too, spending specific days catching up with the content I missed earlier that week/month.

The Busy Ghost Follower

The busy ghost just has too much of their time taken up with other things (realife-family, work, etc.) to visit everyone’s blog religiously. The busy ghost appears similar to the late ghost but the difference is that they don’t always catch up with old blog posts instead just reading on days they can versus days they can’t. Don’t be upset if someone doesn’t like or comment on all your posts. Chances are their lives are just really busy and the busy ghost does their best to follow you when they can.

The Choosy Ghost Follower

These people love to read only some of your posts and ignore others. It’s especially common on blogs with different types of content available like mine. Some followers only choose to read the book posts, others will gravitate to poetry, or articles, or colouring, etc. If a choosy ghost loves to read my book reviews but hates the poetry they’ll ‘ghost’ all the poetry posts until I post another review.

The Logged Out Ghost Follower

As the name suggests these people do read your posts but aren’t always logged in to wordpress to react to them. I sometimes have a few minutes here and there to read a post but I don’t have time to log into my account. Thanks to email notifications I can find new blog posts easily or I might just have a shortcut link to blogs I follow too.  Fact is some of your followers may simply be logged out and haven’t got time (or aren’t bothered) to log in to like or comment on something.

The Moody Ghost Follower

This isn’t moody in the bad sense but I sometimes struggle and go through phases of depression where I don’t feel like interacting with anyone so I simply don’t.  Or sometimes I don’t even feel like reading your posts yet as I’m not in the right frame of mind.  It doesn’t mean I won’t interact at a later date or don’t enjoy your content. I simply don’t feel in the mood to read or comment on something at that moment.  Or maybe I don’t feel able to answer a post properly if it’s something I’d like to comment on.  Either way the Moody Ghost may just not be in the mood right now.

The Hiding Ghost Follower

Yep, some people might try to hide the fact they are online so they don’t want to interact with anyone’s blog at all as that would give away the fact they are online! I confess I have done this in the past on my old blog sometimes when I was facing difficult questions or interactions on my own blog and basically didn’t want to answer anyone without thinking carefully about what to reply.  I didn’t want people to think I was actively ignoring them for liking or commenting on other blog posts so I ‘hid’, pretending I wasn’t really online – the shame! 😮

The I Just Discovered You Ghost Follower

Sometimes someone just discovers your blog but doesn’t have time to read your posts yet so they follow in the hopes of catching up at a later date. They don’t want to lose your blog url among the hundreds of other sites they’ve visited so follow you to remember your site so they can come back and check you out when they have time.

The I Think I Like You Ghost Follower

The sister (or brother) to the I Just Discovered You Ghost Follower, this ghost just found your blog and thinks they’ll like reading your content but isn’t sure yet, so rather than reading back older blog post entries they’d simply like to start following you in the hopes of finding out whether you’re a blogger they’d like to follow.

The Follow Everyone Ghost Follower

This ghost will follow back everyone who follows them and even follow back those that interact with their posts just once. These people will follow you back because they think it’s the right thing to do, or to be nice, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be interested in reading your posts.

The Hateful Ghost Follower

Okay, maybe hateful is a strong word but these people will sometimes choose to follow a blog because they don’t actually like you. It’s unlikely to happen if you don’t post anything that anyone would disagree with or find offensive but sometimes I’ve found the views or some people so crazy and weird that I can’t help but follow them as I’m curious what they’ll say next.

The Can’t Be Bothered Ghost Follower

These are sometimes the sisters (or brothers) to the Hateful Ghost Followers.  Rather than dislike you but follow you out of fascination these are people who did follow your blog in the past but for whatever reason don’t care to anymore.  Whether that’s because they don’t like you anymore, you angered them with your views, or they simply stopped caring about what content you posted, these ghosts still follow your blog  for one reason – they can’t be bothered to un-follow you.  As daft and simple as it seems some people will never use the un-follow button, even if they should.

The Copy-Cat Ghost Follower

It’s rare and sometimes flattering but some people will follow a blog to see how it’s done and copy you in a way. These ghosts are often new to bloggerland and can’t help but want to follow in the hopes of copying someone’s style or ideas. This isn’t usually a problem unless they start copying your blog posts too, if they do then there may be a reason to delete them from your follower list, unless you enjoy it of course!

The I Forgot About You Ghost Follower

If you’re not a blogger who posts regularly, say once a week or less then some of your ghost followers could be the I Forgot About You Ghosts.  These are people who simply forgot they were following your blog.  It’s especially easy to forget if they didn’t know you well to begin with and your one blog post a week gets lost among hundreds of others they follow.

The Please Like Me Ghost Follower

These ghosts are more sinister than their name suggests.  They are fellow bloggers who want you to follow them so they follow you. Confusing right? I’ve noticed this happens a lot on twitter but now on WordPress too. WordPress notifies me when someone’s followed my blog, telling me who they are and a link to their blog. This lets me hop on over to their site to see if it’s a blog I’d like to follow myself.  Without the notification (and the follow) it’s rare that I’d find this new (to me) blogger’s site. So it’s a clever way these ghosts use to get you to notice them. It’s unlikely that the Please Like Me ghost will ever actually interact with your blog but they sure do want you to interact with theirs! 😮 😡

So that’s it, my list of your potential ghost followers.  What do you think?  Have you noticed any of these ghosts following your blog? Are YOU one of these ghosts? Let’s chat I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Do You Have Ghosts Following You? #MPBooks

  1. Okay my comment here is lose the word ghost, because they are followers with different priorties and as you say busy with stuff.

    Cat thus is a brilliant post and all bloggers/ followers will be guilty of one or more of these at a point in time.

    That is why it important to blog for the joy and not see reward in getting a like or comment.

    Great post and i guess i am a choosy follower of your blog.😆😉😭🤒😓😞😍😎 but i know you are cool about ut cause i am open about it..hehe

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  2. For me the whole point of blogging is to write about what brings me joy. It’s not about followers or gratification through interaction. Of course I love it when someone follows my blog or comments on my post but that’s because I hope that what I’ve written has helped them in some small way. If your fellow blogger is only interested in followers that constantly stroke her ego by way of interaction then I personally feel she’s blogging for the wrong reasons. But that’s just my opinion, everyone is different & blogs/follows for different reasons 😊 great post by the way x

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    • Thank you 🙂 I did think the blogger was expecting a bit much wanting followers who only comment on her posts. I don’t always feel I have something to say when reading posts so I might not comment on them despite being interested in reading them. Like you I do enjoy posting on my blog as it’s something that I just enjoy. Having likes, comments and followers are simply added bonuses, at least that’s how I see blogging 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting here, I love your username by the way 🙂


  3. Well, even though I’m taking the weekend off from blogging I had to read this post! I was recently lamenting the fact that my follower count keeps going up while the interaction is going down!

    I think everyone is a ghost follower at times and those that say they aren’t lie, no way does everyone comment on every post from every blog that they follow! Most blogs contain ghost followers, I can count on two hands those bloggers who interact with me and I have shed loads of followers. Yeah, i suck at commenting too though so I am a ghost follower but you get tired of certain things and stop trying to comment, especially when you get nothing back.

    I’m fairly sure that you have lots of ghost followers too, every blog does and any blogger that says they don’t is lying, not being cruel or unfair to bloggers but it is true, no way does every single person who follows someones blog interact with them.

    I think if that blogger deleted their ghost followers then they would soon see how few followers that they have and then they would moan about not having any followers!

    If I deleted all my ghost followers I’d have about 10 actual followers!lmaoThe only ones that bother me are the ones who used to interact and then don’t as it would be nice to know why they stopped.

    Cool post.

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    • Thank you 🙂 It is frustrating when nobody new seems to interact with you, though some of those followers might be those people who try to get you to follow them 😮 !
      I did find that other blogger’s post weird. I don’t always have something to say about every post I read but it doesn’t mean I sometimes don’t read their posts, and we’re all busy that sometimes we just don’t have the time to read every single thing people put out there. That blogger’s post kind of annoyed me a bit as we all act as ghosts at some point (at least I think we do) and some posts just don’t give you much to interact with. A discussion post might have lots of people commenting on it, but I find my reviews almost never have comments. It felt like the blogger was assuming that everyone should comment on every post, but I’m not sure if they would do that with every blog they follow.

      Don’t worry about the lack of interaction. It could also be a holiday thing. I noticed last year that around Christmas time and also the summer time a lot of people seemed to disappear from my blog, maybe on holiday or something. For me last year with my old blog things picked up in September, maybe the same thing is happening with your blog?


  4. [ Soft Laughter ] I truly enjoyed your compilation of ghost followers.

    However, there is one major issue; which is, the “I Forgot About You Ghost Follower”.


    Because, even though you forgot about someone, their posts would show up on your WordPress Reader.

    By the way, I would like to add one more to your list, “The Retiree Ghost Follower” which is one of your followers (young or old) who abandoned or deleted their blog (They are among your list of followers; but they are inactive).

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    • Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I think the I Forgot You Ghost Follower idea came because I used to follow too many people and some bloggers put up multiple posts a day. Some of the very active bloggers would even re-blog multiple posts and I did feel I lost some other blog posts among the hundreds they were churning out. Following so many blogs though, especially ones I only had a mild interest in reading I did forget about some blogs completely and a couple of times I did get a surprise of an unknown blog showing up in my wordpress reader. Needless to say I un-followed a lot of blogs I wasn’t really that interested in after that, lol

      I love your The Retiree Ghost Follower, I hadn’t thought about the people who delete their blogs still showing up as followers. Great entry! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂

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  5. I love your list C! I agree we are all busy and it’s not easy keeping up, especially as our follower count goes up. I go through my followers list occasionally and clear it out. One time I found several blogs that were no longer active, they had been closed down so I unfollowed them and some I just don’t resonate with their content. when push comes to shove I think we all interact with those that interact with us and not worry about the others.

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    • Thank you 🙂 I have to admit I have never really gone through my follower list. I sometimes take a look at some of the new followers, but I haven’t taken a look to see if they are still active or anything like that. I call myself a busy ghost as I can’t always read every single post everyone puts up, but it also depends on their content and whether they post things I’m interested in reading all the time 🙂 Thank you for reading, I had fun writing this 🙂

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      • It was fun to read! We get to a point where there is just no way we can read every post, so I don’t sweat it. When I get back to posting normally I will spend more time here reading and commenting but right now with Mother so ill I just don’t have the time.

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  6. A great list, Cat! I have plenty of ghost followers and like you, it mostly doesn’t bother me. The followers that I find a little bit strange are those stalker-like followers who never comment but find out all the other people I follow and ‘like’ all my comments on those posts too!

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  7. When you said ‘The Choosy Ghost Follower’and ‘The Late Ghost Follower’I almost felt guilty of it. hahaha… I am guilty of being a ghost too. I think almost all bloggers must be so. Let’s be honest, how many blogs we follow? It is difficult to keep up with each and every one of them all the time. Some blogs are just unforgettable (Like yours and a few more for me) and some we just don’t make a connection with but follow anyway because something caught our eye. I loved this post, so imaginative and fun. Keep it up, Pea 🙂
    Hema 🙂

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    • Thank you ❤ 🙂 I'm glad you enjoyed it :). No problem being a ghost follower, I've certainly part-followed blogs because of the occasional blog post I've noticed 🙂 I love that name, Pea, wish I'd given myself that name 🙂 ❤

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