Within an hour of posting information, thousands of people could have already read your blog–therefore making sure the information presented is correct is essential. Not only will it make you look like you don’t know anything about the topic, but you will lose credibility. And along with that, people will most likely stop following your blog.
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS RESIGNED AND VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS STEPPED UP TO TAKE HIS PLACE, as of tonight at 11:30pm!
This is clearly incorrect information, and I am just using this as an example. I only created this blog a few days ago. There are very few people who have even viewed my page. Also, I haven’t been blogging long enough to even gain a substantial amount of credibility. BUT, suppose I am a professional blogger who has an immense amount of “fans”–I’m talking thousands of followers. If I decided to blog the above statement regarding President Obama, how many people do you think would take it completely literally, and pass on the information without even fact checking? Probably a lot.
I used the term “follower” above. I guess between Twitter, Instagram, and all of the other social media sites, it is what I’ve become accustomed to calling those who are consistently curious in a specific persons posts. It doesn’t bother me that not many people know my blog exists. I suppose it’d be nice if they did, but I sleep just fine at night knowing that my blog may only ever be viewed by my New Media class. I’ve had my Tumblr account (jwill275.tumblr.com) since my sophomore year of college, and I have only gained 36 followers, total. But then again, I’m not an avid blogger on that site, and I don’t put tags on my posts, making it impossible for people to find me unless someone reblogs my post/photo. I have 36 Tumble followers, 388 Twitter followers, and 284 Instagram followers. Is that average? I don’t really know what average is when it comes to that. Why is it that people secretly smile inside when they gain a follower? Why do people strive for more followers? And “Likes,” even? This question can be posed more toward Instagram. There are millions of Instagram accounts. Some people are, for lack of a better term, “Instagram Famous.” They put a photo up, and within three minutes they already have hundreds of “likes.” Listen to this craziness which I saw someone post on the internet. People follow tons and tons of random people, because they assume that the person will follow them back. I feel as if that’s something the younger crowd would do (and I’ve seen people on Instagram as young as 10 years!) but if I don’t like what you post, I probably won’t follow you. Unless you’re, say, my sister, or best friend. I don’t want to rude in doing that, but if you post awkward photos, or you post WAY too many photos, you’ll be clogging up my entire newsfeed. If I wanted to only look at your photos, all day long, I would have just gone to your page.
I’ve kind of strayed away from my initial topic. I guess that could be considered a good thing…meaning I was invested in this post…right? If I write anymore this late, it’s going to turn into complete nonsense. Maybe I’ll continue it tomorrow. Goodnight fellow bloggers! 😴🔇⏰