One of the things that our blogging host, WordPress.com, does quite frequently is to change things, usually announcing them after the fact, but not sending us emails to tell us if they are optional or not. Most of these changes are aimed at making our blogging experience better and easier and I have benefitted greatly from all the hard work that goes in from the WordPress team.
One of these recent changes was an addition to the email subscription widget to be found in the sidebar telling everyone how many people subscribed or ‘followed’ the blog.
I put that there to make it easier for people to get notifications of posts, but not to show the world how many people subscribed.
To be honest, for me that just seems like a boasting, egotistical sort of thing to do, not that i have that many subscribers, but I don’t blog to compare myself to my fellow bloggers so I have unchecked the box in the widget this morning. I was relieved to see I had that option as I thought it was something WordPress had done that I couldn’t change.
This really is just a personal blog and I can’t believe that anyone is that interested in how many people subscribe to it, other than marketeers and other spammy people who want to somehow use me.
Of course, if you blog for commercial or branding reasons then your motivation is different and this ‘extra’ may be of use to you. I don’t wish to tell anyone what to do. But as this is a personal blog, this is a personal opinion.
Hang on a minute, you say, but what about that Visitors widget with the flags? I think that one is pretty, and really all it shows is the numbers of people who have touched down here for any reason at all over the last six months or so. They might not have liked what they saw and jumped off again. So really it’s just a decoration, I like flags!