A few weeks ago another blogger posted something about “real” versus “I clicked a button” followers. That blogger reiterated my experience, and that is something like 10% of the total number of followers are actual followers, as measured by things like “did they only like a post once and never return?” or “have they ever commented?” and things like that.

Well, if you are one of my “real” followers, you know that I can sometimes get both amused and grumpy (there’s got to be a portmanteau for that) about the stupid thing that is social media and likes and follows.

Out of a bit of pique in 2020, I slapped a random “Keto” tag on a post, just to be a brat. Sure enough, it worked like a charm, and my blog was getting liked and followed by hoards instantly. You have to laugh. Then in March 2021 I did what I am doing now, just revisiting the old, “yeah I put a #keto tag on my blog and am laughing at the results.” You know what? Those year-old posts are still giving! ๐Ÿ™‚

I just got a few more followers today, oh I’m sure of the “real” kind [bold sarcam font] to that old post. Notice that as of today it has 72 likes. My blog never gets 72 likes, combined, in a month (scowls at actual followers, you really should step up a bit! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Why so many likes on this post? Well, it was informative. It was about an actual topic.In rereading it, I think it was both serious and funny, as I am wont to do. Then I was a brat and added that tag. Of course that topic has NOTHING to do with keto.

So, I’m just sharing, because I think it is hilarious.

It is also a Pro Tip for you (a repeated one): If you do not care who or what follows your blog, and you just want numbers numbers numbers, just slap your posts with #keto tags.

*Not that they ever read this far down a post, but: Y’all are getting your legs pulled. This blog has zero to do with keto anything, and it will not increase your numbers one whit by following or liking.
:::sits back and watches the like/follow soar:::

PS. Crud. I just realized I should have waited a few days and posted this under K.


  1. I prefer comments to likes any day. When I first started my blog, I would end with the question and beg people to comment back to me. Of course I stop doing that and maybe 2018. Hard to believe I was such a sucker once upon a time

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    1. The advice to newbies is often skewed to that nonsense. Also, it does depend on how you view your blog. There are a lot of us who write primarily for ourselves, and are thrilled if we hit a common thread with someone out there. Comments are great. (And I used to be much better at answering them immediately but am feeling snowed under these days and am slower to respond, and I feel guilty about that. Someone took the time to write to me!)

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      1. I’m a primary just for me blogger and if we hit a common thread, that’s is icing on the cake. Sometimes I mentally don’t have it in me to write a comment back and on those I simply ‘like’ And here my like is a lot like ‘love’ or ‘care’ on FB. I saw some folks fighting and even one dropping challenges when a host did not comment on what he was posting. I thought that was just silly. We impose rules where free form should be okay.

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        1. Some people really do get weird about the likes, comments, thumbs up, etc. I don’t get it. I guess if it makes you happy, then good if it does work for the folks. From what I’ve seen, though, obsessing about those things never leads to feeling “good.” More like briefly “high” from the “love” and then anxiety about keeping it. My life is too weird to add more stress like that.

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    1. There seems to be that divide, numbers are nothing and numbers are everything, here in the blogs and flickr and where ever likes are sold. Of course I’m numbers “meh” and I’m totally “with” you on it is nice to have regulars (some have been with me since 2015-ish). I love the comments. Yup, it feels like a little community.

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  2. That’s so funny! I should try that! You are one of the 3 of my faithful readers and I have 178 followers. I don’t care about the numbers. I have been hesitant to hashtag “senior living alone in the woods”. Later this year I will have to change it to “Seventy, still single and surviving”. Maybe I should think up something catchy.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, we have been “real” followers of each other for a long time.
      How about Seventy, Single, and Thriving?
      You’ve come a long way in those 10 years. โ™ฅ

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    1. You were so right! I read this commment a few days ago and thought, “Right. This K(eto) wouldn’t fit.” Good call. I wrote K today and it was boringly about kindness, and pantyhose incidents.

      And you certainly are a real follower and have been for quite a while. I thank you for that and value it, even if I don’t reply to comments as quickly as I should (as I mentioned above to Jilly).

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