I'm writing this post to admit defeat. I tried to live by my own rules and I was wrong. I have been beaten on Twitter and now I must make a change.
See here’s the thing: I have always (and by always I mean for the last year and a bit) taken pride in the fact that – unlike other bloggers – I follow back just about everyone who follows me. And almost every blogger I talk to has told me that this is a bad idea, an unnecessary idea. That the tweets of the people I actually know will get lost in the vortex of tweets by people I don’t know who never speak to me on Twitter. But I refused to succumb to this. I insisted that not following people who follow me is rude and it sends a bad message that I want people to hear what I have to say but I have no interest in hearing what they have to say. And I’m just not comfortable with that.
But just look at this:
I’m now following over 600 people on my “personal” @maxfab account and it’s just way too fucking much. I can’t keep them straight – I’m following at least 5 different people whose handles are some variation of Reecie or Ree Ree – and looking at my timeline is starting to make me twitch. It’s just too fucking much. And I’m going to guess that about 60% of those people are readers of this blog whom I rarely tweet to or receive tweets from. Meanwhile the official twitter account of this blog @max_logic is languishing away with just 193 followers. And I know that people choose to follow @maxfab over @max_logic because I don’t say anything much on the blog twitter but still…it’s just too fucking much.
So here’s the thing: I hate to do it but over the course of the next few weeks I’m going to be unfollowing an assload of people on my maxfab account. Anyone whose names is unfamiliar and whom I have no recollection of ever interacting with is getting unfollowed. Also annoying people will be unfollowed, but that’s neither here nor there. Everyone I unfollow on maxfab I will follow on @max_logic and I will make an effort to actually tweet from that account.
Sidebar: this is going to take forever. I need an assistant to do this for me! Any volunteers?
Anyway. I apologize in advance to anyone I unfollow who is offended by that. I’ve already been called out in a list once for not following a follower and I felt like shit so I wrote this post to let you know I don’t mean anything by it. But it’s just too much for my poor over-worked brain to process. If I unfollow you and you are truly butthurt by it let me know and I will re-follow you. Sound fair?