Happy Sunday you beautiful people you! I figured it was time we sat down and had a talk about why the big mean Octavia hasn’t replied to your goodreads friend request, twitter follow back request or “follow my blog” request. Believe it or not, it’s not because I’m an evil woman who enjoys laughing at your social attempts. I’m not shallow or
completely evil, and I have plenty of reasons I promise!
Twitter is my obsession. I check it and I’m on there way more than any normal person should be. That being said, please understand that I don’t want my feed to be all giveaway tweets, or drama tweets, or whiny tweets. When I first started my twitter account I followed everyone that followed me and do you know where that got me? Spammed by authors I had no intentions of exploring (clown erotica?!) and just an extra follower for someone else. This is why I require people to actually ENGAGE in conversations with me before I follow back. It’s nothing personal. I just would like for the people I follow to actually want to converse with me.
In my goodreads bio there is a bold font section that says “READ BEFORE FRIENDING”. Seriously:
Again, I don’t say/do this to be evil. I’ve accepted a friend request and then was immediately messaged with “review my book/I just completed my first book/If you like [insert genre here] then you’ll like my new book!”. Oh and let’s not forget the “join my group!/I see you have the Significance series, can I borrow it?” messages. I get a lot of spam and nonsense on twitter, Facebook, my blog and email. I seriously don’t want nor will I tolerate it on Goodreads. I appreciate that people want me to review their books, but your book is a BUSINESS. So how about we keep it classy and approach the topic of reviewing said book, business like? Ok? Thanks.
This one may make a few folks upset but it must be said! Leaving a comment that says “I like your blog, come like mine” is a deal breaker for me. If I walked into your front door said “your house is pretty” them immediately made you come to my house so you could compliment it wouldn’t you think I was rude? I really do appreciate you visiting in the first place, and I love connecting with new people but I value quality over quantity. If you’re not a genuine follower please please PLEASE stop with the “I’m following your blog with bloglovin, follow mine here” messages. It’s rude and not the best way to get someone to notice you. Instead, maybe log on to twitter and say hi? Or possibly shoot me an email if that sort of public exchange freaks you out. Shoot, send up smoke signals! Just do not give me the “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” speech. It is not ok.
Which brings me to this week’s question! Do you auto follow people on twitter/goodreads/bloglovin? If so why? If not, what are your rules to following back?