Followers?

There seems to be an unspoken objective in the world of social media, and that is to gain as many “followers” or “friends” as possible. To the blogger, or any artist for that matter,  a new ‘follow’ is not only a validation of his skills, it is a legitimization of the feelings that he is attempting to convey. Moreover, it is the sense of approval that motivates the poet to sing, the writer to write, the musician to play and in our case the blogger to blog.

The sad reality is, however, that us, the people who engage in social media outlets become addicted to the likes and hits from their online constituency, and consequently come to substitute real friends with virtual friends. I’m sure many bloggers will identify with the adrenaline surge I feel when I see a comment on a post, or a new country in my stats. It makes me feel understood, appreciated, valued, and sometimes even loved. But we forget that it takes very little to follow or befriend by clicking a button or writing a short comment. If someone appreciated your writing that’s nice, but it says nothing of a relationship let alone friendship.

So upon reaching a milestone in this wonderful and crazy universe of blogging, I would first-of-all like to thank my followers and fans. You are why I continue writing, and that is my best therapy. But most of all I don’t want to forget my real-life friends, those who I’ve loved and fought with over the years. My friend, you know who you are, thanks for putting up with me, thanks for criticizing me, thanks for giving me a buddy with whom I can drink beer. You can’t ‘unfollow’ me or ‘unlike’ me by clicking a thousand buttons, so although you hate my writing, I still like you…

19 Replies to “Followers?”

  1. Sounds like how I feel about my ‘real-life’ friends too! They probably laugh behind my back when I start talking about my writing endeavours – but they’re in it for the long haul! Sucked in friends – but man do I love my drinking buddies

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  2. Most of what you write is true. Social media is actually very asocial. It has become an addiction for many. Many of closest friends don’t do social media. We meet and don’t use our phones.

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  3. I love this.
    Particularly the ending. You know who you are…!
    To be honest, though, I’m really, really not like this. Online friends are great, but to me, they can never beat the company of face to face conversations.

    Now if only I had actual friends.

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    1. At least once you’ll have those friends you’ll enjoy each other’s company instead of looking at Facebook… I live your attitude so positive yet still cynical 😉

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