Following, Followed, Interaction
Before I follow people on Tumblr who I don’t know in real life, I think about it a really long time. I go through their posts from start to finish (or most of the time, the other way around) and then I decide whether what they post will interest me in the long run or not. More importantly, I think about if they are the kinds of people I’d like to surround myself with if I met them in real life. I guess I’m looking for people who can inspire me or who have something important to say and say it well.
I think I expect the same from the people who follow me, or at least that they follow because they find what I have to say or show interesting or relevant to their lives. I hope that people follow not because it’s so easy to press the follow button or that it was a random whim of someone who was bored.
I don’t know about most people here but I think one of the reasons why I have this blog online is so that I can share my thoughts and allow others to give a response. Sometimes, I feel that a reply or a question is better than a like or reblog.
This is why I’ve come to realize that having someone unfollow my Tumblr isn’t and shouldn’t be a big deal. It was just one more person who felt that what I had to say wasn’t interesting anymore. It was just one more person who did not reach out and say anything back.
But this also means that I do appreciate every follower I get because it’s one more potential interaction to experience. It’s one more person who is interested in what I have to say but who might also have something interesting to say back.