How to be unpopular on WordPress.

Too many followers? You want to reduce them? Here is the simple Opher Goodwin guide to weeding out your followers.

Start by reviewing what most people want.

Here’s a list I prepared earlier:

  • short articles
  • colourful
  • photos
  • food
  • fashion
  • humour
  • Nature poetry
  • everyday life
  • inspiring quotes
  • travel
  • pleasant tone
  • friendly

I do a fair bit of that.

Here’s a list I prepared earlier of things they do not want:

  • Long articles
  • Discussions
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Brexit
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Trump
  • Political poetry
  • Environment
  • Terrorism
  • Extremism

I do a lot of that. It doesn’t make me popular.

Most people do not want to think about issues. They prefer their news in short bites and would rather be distracted by trivia and entertainment.

If you believe that people are basically good but are being led astray by false news and propaganda in the media, that politics is messing up the planet and it does have to be like that. If you believe that the environment is in danger, that wars are unnecessary, that religious extremism is terrible. That politicians lie and seek power at all costs. If you have faith that things can change for the better. Then you have a moral duty to speak your mind and try to improve things, to make people think and question.

I could have an extremely popular blog just focussing on travel, photos, food, tittle-tattle and humour. That is easy to see from the stats.

I choose not to.

I prefer to at least try to make a difference.


16 thoughts on “How to be unpopular on WordPress.

  1. Very interesting and helpful information about blogging. I am keeping this one for future reference. I wish I knew how to reblog it, but I do not see a reblog button on it.

      1. The more I look at your blog, the more refined, polished and excellent quality it seems to become. I am going to use you as a major reference.

  2. I like your political posts 🙂 I think you did ask recently how to reverse apathy. I asked my daughter who once spontaneously dragged me into an anti-nazi protest while still at school and was highly political until more recently . First it was Clegg’s decision to support the tories, then it was Brexit, then it was Boris, and now she doesn’t even want to engage in a discussion about her disengagement. Brexit divided families, my own family has a kind of truce about not talking about politics any more. I guess that could be how people are with blog posts too.

      1. Just to throw it out there, have you ever read Daniel Quinn’s work? After the three books I thought were really good, which were identification of the problem, the fourth, an attempt at solution was more problematic for me, e.g. ‘ignore them’ as they’ll then fail to have power over our lives. In retrospect, I’m starting to think there’s something in it. If individuals/communities are empowered to make their own decisions that relate directly to their own lives without relying on some higher authority like the plonkers in government, then perhaps he’s right. If local communities decide their own course of action in response to Covid, wouldn’t that be better than the situation that’s arisen across Manchester for example?

      2. I’ve never read any of Daniel Quinn’s books. I’ll have a look.
        Anything would be better than this batch of complete morons we have in charge.

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