If you’ve been visiting The Cove for a while, you know I care more about my collection of flags than I ever will for my actual statistics and numbers.
Which doesn’t mean I never check my views, likes and followings.
Another thing I don’t do often, is being pretentious enough to give advice to other bloggers, unless asked for. But something happened to me twice (I think) since I started my blog, and I think it is worth sharing with new(er) bloggers who might follow their statistics closely.
A while back, I remember seeing my number of readers dropping drastically one particular day. I mean, I get and lose a couple readers every now and then, but back then, I lost five or six all of a sudden, which made me worried.
Had I written something that had offended many readers to the point of “unfollowing”? It seemed to me that The Cove was not a very controversial site, and I was a little puzzled, but hey! What was I to do??
Recently, the opposite happened. I started having more and more readers hopping in my little blogging train, and I got suspicious too. I was glad to notice that my total of readers was increasing a lot faster than usual, but I thought it was odd.
Until I noticed they were, in general, email-follows.
You can check these out by clicking on “insights” at the top of your statistics page, and then in the “Followers totals” clicking on “email”.
I have only a few “email followers” myself, and when my total of readers started skyrocketing suddenly (only a figure of speech, LOL but it was unusual) I checked, to find out that most of my new “followers” were email ones, and that they all had suspicious email adresses. (all @outlook.com adresses, with usernames looking as if the actual user had given a punch on the keyboard)
This morning, when I sat back to check what was going on in the Bloggosphere, I noticed that my fellow readers had tropped by an alarming fourteen of them. Overnight. Aouch!
And that’s when I made the link. I checked, and the mysterious recent email followers were all gone… All 14 of them! Bye bye!
So, I am guessing that some automated system hooked false adresses to The Cove (I will check my spam file,I’ll probably find a lot to catch up to from these “followers”) and then just abandonned my blog to go “bug” somebody else’s…
I just wanted to flag it out, in case someone would be going through the same sudden gain/loss of readers, and wondering what the dang is happening! Hehehehehe
Yet just another good reason to stick to flags, and not numbers if you ask me…
Anyway, none of you is a number to me!!