By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
Like many who write about public relations and other topics that certainly lack appeal to the vast masses of readers today, there are no financial remunerations through subscriptions, sponsored content or tile ads.
Well, not yet at least; as I noted in this 2013 post, the blog is for sale for the right price.
The impetus behind this site is the freedom to share my thoughts on public relations, politics, popular culture and more; hopefully readers find value, and hopefully some even subscribe.
Which brings me to the subject of this post. Over the past several days, I’ve received email notices from the nice folks at WordPress about new followers. Yea! Someone out there appreciates my prose and ideas.
But upon an examination of the email addresses for the handful of new recent followers, I became suspicious. Here are two examples, one for the PRDude blog, one for my personal website:
Note the “name” before the @ symbol in both addresses.
Who or what the hell are these “followers?” Why the hell do they want to follow my blog and site? Should I be concerned? Should I try to remove them?
I attempted to bring this to the attention of WordPress but am not sure if my message to the help desk was received.
So, I leave it up to you, kind readers: What should I do?
A shout out to — firstname.lastname@example.org — and other new “followers” who will get this post: Take note of the questions above.