Fake Followers – Don’t Do the Math – #SoCS

The weekend is here and there’s no better way to start than to move to the bar and see if we can work with Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. She gave us an opportunity to score some bonus points, so let’s get at it:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘can.’ Use it any way you like. Bonus points if you start and/or finish your post with it. Enjoy!”

I have to wear something.

“Can I assume that you lost a bet?”

“Oh, the shirt, yes. Iowa State beat West Virginia last week.”

“And wearing that awful looking thing is the penalty? Why don’t you just send your brother a check?”

“The deal is, I wear this shirt here, or he wears a WVU shirt to Beer Club.”

“Why did you buy such an ugly one?”

“That is a horrible combination, Dan. You want to dull your senses with a Corona?”

“Red and yellow are their colors. Besides, we bought each other the shirts. But, yes, Cheryl a Corona might help.”

“I’ll have a Bourbon – I have to look at that, I need a higher power dull.”

“Coming right up. I’ll be back with the drinks and my sunglasses.”

“I hope you got him one that was equally ugly.”

“Unfortunately, WVU’s colors are blue and gold.”

“Well, at least you have something for One-Liner Wednesday.”

“Nah. I wrote about this rivalry before…not that you noticed.”

“Actually, I do seem to remember that post.

“I didn’t realize you paid attention.”

“I don’t. I did notice that you seem to have a crowd following your blog these days.”

“It’s a good feeling, but they’re not all real.”

“What, did you sign up under a few hundred aliases.”

“No, but some of them are spam followers.”

“OK, this sweet Corona has found her lime, and the Bourbon has found its entourage – seltzer in a snifter and a glass of ice. And don’t get me started on spam followers.”

“Hitting your site, too, Cheryl.”

“Yes, I hope the Happiness Engineers figure this out soon.”

“Wait, why would…I mean what does…what’s a spam follower.”

“People who create fake accounts and follow blogs.”


“Lots of reasons.”

“Name one.”

“Well, if you have a widget on your blog that lists your followers, it may be set to automatically show new followers first. That gives them a little free advertising.”

“Do you do that?”

“Yes and no.”

“Come again…”

“I show followers, but I give priority to people who ‘Like’ or comment. Just following won’t get you in the widget.”

“So then, no point in following you.”

“Well, they don’t know that. Also, they might be hoping I’ll send them a thanks-for-following email.”

“That sounds like something you would do.”

“No chance. I check new followers. If they’re legit, I visit their blog. I might ‘Like’ something of theirs or maybe leave a comment on their blog – no email.”

“Do you delete them? I mean the bad guys.”

“WordPress does. At least they try to identify spam followers and delete the accounts.”

“Behind the scenes?”

“Exactly, it isn’t easy, but they keep at it.”


“Um, pick one.”


“Twenty-four-seven or twenty-four-three-sixty-five. It can’t be both.”

“Why not?”

“Because your way is over two-thousand-five-hundred-days.”

“You’re not supposed to do the math.”

“Yes, yes you are. Twenty-four-seven-three-sixty-five implies multiplication.”

“You’re being pedantic.”

“Can you apply that to math?”

“Ask your readers, the real ones, and see what they think?”

“Some of my readers are not fond of math.”

“You boys thinking about having some food today?”

“I’m going to take some wings to go, Cheryl.”

“You want another round first?”


“How about your buddy?”

“I can still see the shirt, so yes, another Bourbon.”

“Next time I’ll wear the gray one.”

“Next time? How may times do they play?”

“Once, unless they end up in the Big-12 playoff game, but then they play basketball twice.”

“The bet includes basketball?”

“Yes, but that’s it.”

“Thank goodness, I was worried about baseball and water polo.”

“One new Corona, and another splash of Bourbon. Let me know when you want me to put the wings in.”

“Tell you what, Cheryl. How about you bring me the check, and we’ll wrap this up.”


“You’re buying?”

“It’s the least I can do, you had to look at this.”

“Here’s the check, Dan.”

“Thanks Cheryl, can you put the wings in in about 15 minutes?”

“Of course, I can.”

I made some progress on the garage siding. The gallery has a few photos, another baby Maddie image and a couple of the visitors I had in the work zone. If you’re not a spam follower, pop on over to Cheryl’s place.


  1. First of all…LMAO. Next, how many times have you done this siding thing? It looks great but oh so much time you have put into it. The shirt looks like laundry from a red light district. 😂I sure hope your team wins soon. ‘Do the math’. LoL . I guess we know which follower category I fall into. Thanks for sending me some non spammers. The other menace for me is the late night Shady Bunch, those would be soft porn gals from lands unknown who click likes like they’re playing the penny slots in Vegas. Any time I post after 10pm on a weekend especially, I get such a macabre run of likes and follows. Oh my, can you just see the row of thong clad tushies on my page if I had general followers listed? 😳. Kind of freaks me out…Can’t wait to see that finished building. Cute baby Maddie…..

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    1. Oh my – I should have checked you first. That’s funny. The time on the siding hasn’t actually amounted to too many days. I was mostly rained out last weekend, I only got one day on the wall. I have to take what Mother Nature gives me. I guess it’s good I stick to posting early in the AM.

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      1. Yes! It is so weird how late night followers are either looking for love or trying to sell something. Oh wait. That’s kind of the same thing here..anyway, you know what I mean. I love the fun you and your brother have in team competition. Good luck and may the prettiest tee shirt win. 😉 You should be very proud of that workshop.

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  2. First, thanks for the public service info so I could go back and check how I had people showing up on my page. I changed it to just those who comment and there were all my friends. :-) Love, love, love those Maddie photos. They just make me smile. You are making great progress on the building, and it should last forever with the quality work you are doing. Sealing the grooves – impressive. I was out this week putting pieces of wire in the downspouts and steel wool in the siding corners to keep your peanut eating friends from accessing my roof and attic. One question – how are you using that small propane tank? I just know it must be attached to a tool of some kind. :-)

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    1. Thanks Judy. Anything to keep the spammers away. It’s a constant battle – like the ones with the squirrels. Ours still manage to get up in the roof. I don’t know how, but we hear those little clodhopper feet running across.

      The propane tank is connected to a small heater. It can get the workshop section up to about 55° but the garage stays cold. I’m hoping to be able to work in a warm space, once I partition the back of the garage and add it to my shop.

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      1. If we only lived closer. When we built, the builder wanted to dry out the drywall so he added an overhead propane heater and electric thermostat in the garage that would drive you right out with heat. We haven’t used it since the week before we moved in. I’d make you a really good deal. :-)

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  3. It’s not even 6:00 am here, I’ve barely had coffee, and yet your math made me laugh. 150 bonus points for you and -1,000,000 bonus points for the spammers. Cheryl’s comments about the girlies also made me laugh as they seem to find me on Twitter and Instagram. Just no. No, no, no.

    Have a marvelous day, Dan. Give the kids a few pets from me. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Mary. I can use those bonus points. I’m really glad I don’t post late at night. I guess no one is looking for love at 5:00am.

      The spammers keep finding ways to sneak in. Fighting them is like playing Whack-a-mole. Maddie has been walked. The kitty girls aren’t up yet 🙁


  4. Great photos, Dan, and fascinating story. I was happily clueless about fake followers until today. Hope it warms up for you, so you can finish your work. :)

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  5. It seems like the fakes and wannabes show up everywhere. I took down the follower counter a while ago. The number had become meaningless to me. I consider my followers to be those who like and comment on my posts, but even that may be misleading with this ongoing problem on WP to *like* and comment on posts. I’m still forced to log-in with EVERY SINGLE COMMENT.

    Happy Saturday, Dan. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Joanne (especially given the effort required for this comment). WordPress has finally settled down for me. I am once again able to Like and comment without constantly logging in. Also, after eons of never working, the app is telling me that there are new posts in the Reader (of course there are always new posts in the Reader). Maybe they are making progress, but the bad guys will pull ahead again – they always do. Have a great weekend!


  6. Saturday mornings at the bar are always a good thing. Followers….how do people have so many but only a fraction that actually ‘follow’ their posts and like or comment? Weird. Glad little Sammy noticed the fine job you are doing. You ought to rent out that space, Dan. It is looking great. Baby Maddie….so adorable.

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    1. Thanks Lois. I’m worried about making it look too nice, The Editor might park me there when I retire ;-)

      It’s funny how the squirrels find me when I’m working. It like they send out scouts and then he yells “over here, the peanut guy is over here!”

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  7. Those spammers must be really annoying. I’m glad I only ‘follow’ some blogs ’cause being a blogger sounds like a full time job.

    The garage is looking super great. Clearly you’re not the kind of person whose attitude is ‘good enough’. You do it right the first time and it shows in the finished product.

    Of course I LOVE the baby Maddie photo! And yes, she absolutely established her spot on the couch from day one. Go Maddie!! I like the Irish Setter sign! MiMi is as cute as ever, but it’s weird not seeing her in her bed!

    Hope Mother Nature cooperates and gives you some DIY time this weekend. But I also hope you take time for yourself to relax with the Editor and your other girls.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    1. Thanks Ginger. Miss Maddie has been walked. As for getting it right the first time, you need to wait – maybe on Wednesday I’ll share how that isn’t always the case. The kitty girls are adapting (slowly) to a colder house. That changes where they sleep.

      It’s been funny having Facebook bring these memories back. I login, while sitting on the couch with Maddie, and there’s a picture I shared five years ago. Apparently, she knew just what she was doing back then.

      Have a great weekend.


  8. hhhmmmm – it feels like chaos Saturday here. The talk of the spammers kinda just adds to that. The granddaughters wanted to watch dino videos this morning and for the moment things are quiet. Those double angle cuts look way too interesting Dan. And the size of the cut gets wider as you go up. Somehow I can hear Norm changing the rule to measure four times cut once. As for WordPress the reader seems to be working – if you exclude timely updates. I am guessing a 12 to 24 hour lag for things to show up in the reader. The shed project looks good. So how often does the Irish Setter crossing interfere with the trip up and down the ladder ?

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    1. Thanks John. She doesn’t bother me on the ladder. The squirrels? That’s another story. They find me wherever I’m working. Measure four times is about right. I only scrapped one piece, and I was able to reuse most of it.

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  9. I always go with 24/365. The 7 is unnecessary.

    “I’ll Follow The Sun” is one of those nice little songs The Beatles were so good at. A couple more are “Ask Me Why” from “Please Please Me” (“Introducing… The Beatles” in the US) and “I Will” from the white album.

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  10. I chuckled at “Some of my readers are not fond of math.” I did plenty of math in college thank you. Now, I follow the sun. (Sweet little song.) But I don’t follow followers who have no real posts. Great work on the garage!

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  11. One mouth, two bones. That’s a dog thing, fersure. “I’ll chew on one, but I’ll put my foot on this other one.” :P
    I don’t even know what that math was about. I don’t want to know.

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  12. Happy Weekend, Dan! Can you please not include math in your posts. It brings back a panicky feeling!😳 Never good at it! Love the Maddie pic, of course! 🐶 Can I say I like your tee shirts? I guess I can! 🤣 Good job on the building! You’re a man of many talents! 📚🎶 Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine. I’ll try to leave the math out, but it’s hard. I decided to west the gray one to the bar this afternoon. It had red and yellow letters but it’s not as harsh.

      The garage work is coming along nicely. I’m trying to wrap it up before winter.

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  13. 1.I long ago stopped paying any attention to the ‘xxx started following your blog’ notifications. I just look for comments. Meaningful comments. Not ‘I like your blog! Follow mine!’ generic comments.
    2. I am super impressed by your work (and a little envious at your skills) but you work outside in those temperatures??
    3. I am also impressed by your work kit. I want those ….um….. okay, I’ve just spent 5 minutes on the local hardware website trying to remember what you call those things you rest boards on and it’s not coming to me….. Anyway, those things are seriously impressive. Industrial strength thingies.
    4. Thanks for the Beatles song at the end.

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    1. Thank you for the comment – these are the things that are worth noticing.

      This isn’t bad for working. I started off in a flannel shirt and work vest. Then gradually, the vest came off, them the shirt and I finished in a long sleeve t-shirt. I’ve worked in colder temps but not a lot colder.

      The saw horses are kind of industrial. They are very strong and seriously adjustable. They were a gift from my wife.

      That’s one of my favorite Beatles songs, I’m glad you like it.

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      1. Saw horses….yes, that was it! [nods vigorously] Thank you. :)

        I was a mad keen Beatles fan from a young age. When all my friends at primary school were into ABBA and the Bay City Rollers, I was singing the Beatles. They thought I was weird. [shrugs] Nothing’s changed. 😁

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  14. This was so informative! I’ve been wondering why spam followers exist. I had a massive influx of them earlier this year and wordpress shut me down until I created a captcha. You learn something unexpectedly new every day:)

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  15. Catching up after a day of organizing and I find this gem. Nice catchy tune. Spam followers, who knew?!? I wouldn’t know one if they came up and slapped me in the face. So much to figure out that “when in doubt right click” does not cover. Math … it always go back to funny math ;)

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  16. That garage is coming along nicely. I noticed a big surge in fake followers earlier this year too. All with @outlook.com email addresses. Luckily WordPress seems to do a good job of filtering out the spammers.
    When I had more time I used to visit each new follower as you described, to check them out and see what they were all about, but these days I’m lucky to have enough time to acknowledge comments on my one post a week.

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  17. I know it’s painful to wear that shirt. Go WVU! As to widgets on a blog… you have lost me. But that’s okay. Not feeling on a ‘need to know’ basis. Your project and siding looks great, and your post is terrific. Thanks, Dan.

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  18. You got the bonus points, Dan! I noticed you started this post with the word can and you ended it with the word can! 👏👏👏 Great job on that siding. You really need to be proud of yourself. I really hope this is the very last time you do this sort of work! As for the spam followers… Oh I get them all the time and I am to the point that I have better things to do then to check on everyone who follows me. Only those who comment do I follow up on and I still find empty blogs. Go figure. People don’t have anything better to do and then to be annoying? Go figure! Really enjoyed this post and I love the pictures especially your four-footed ANGELS! 💕😻💕

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    1. Thanks Amy. I’m a sucker for bonus points. It is hard to check on followers. I look. If they have an actual blog, I take a peek. You never know. I’ve met some very nice people lately, in the midst of the fakes. It’s like pulling weeds and finding a pretty flower.

      I think this is my last big outside project. At least that’s the plan.


      1. Now that the cooler months are coming, your focus will be inside and I am sure, knowing you as I do, will have a project for the indoors. This year hubby and I have several projects lined up to undertake and with all fingers crossed, we will do all of them. This being the case, you and many others will be hearing about those projects. And also of course, my humor that I throw in…

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  19. This was a good post. For me who is trying to make a business out of my travel blog things get pretty bad when you don’t know things. For instance, my colleague saw my travel blog and she opened up her travel blog. No doubt, she travels more than me, but it was quite shocking for me to just zoom up at rapid pace. She’s now miles ahead of me in terms of ranking and followers. I was happy for her success. I wish her all the success, but to be brutally honest I was depressed. I read her blogs and I never felt a genuine connection like how I usually take my readers for a ride. And yet she has more followers and ranking. However, when I joined few marketing teams in corporate firms I realized how all this can be manipulated. You can buy followers and push your ranking higher with some strategies that falls under the Google regulations. I’m sure you must have heard the hare and the tortoise story where tortoise eventually wins the race slow and steady. I’m that tortoise I believe now.

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    1. I think genuine content and organic growth win in the end. I published this blog for two years with very few followers. I like to write and I was happy with what I was writing. That was enough. I still avoid the “keys to success” like using keywords instead of the words I like, picking subjects I font want to write about, of publishing at specific times on specific days. I know it can all be bought and manipulated, but what’s the point?

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      1. Dan, I understand your point. However, there’s a point. You are not trying to make money out of your blog. You have a different profession. Blogging is your passion. On the other hand, I am trying to turn my passion into my profession. Fake followers might be a bad thing but in some ways it can give you that initial thrust that you need. Do you know brands pay $200 to $250 for one single picture on Instagram if you have the right number of followers? Bloggers earn more than $1000 based on their content if they have the followers. However, when you visit their site there are just 2-3 comments. I mean you get more comments than some of the best bloggers on the internet, but brands don’t see that. It is a number game and those who want to earn money have to play by the rules. I and Sarah are trying out best to reach out to Indian brands, show them our content and images, but you know what we don’t have (the numbers) followers.

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  20. 24/7 is one I tend to say. Widgets. Sigh! I was messing around with them trying to remove a few and removed a lot some unintended and now I don’t know how to get them back. Once gone perhaps that’s it? I can’t summon my emoji dialogue box anymore in the WP comment box either so, I really messed something up. I should have just left it alone I guess.

    The garage is looking great! I hope your team wins so your brother has to wear your team’s colors to the beer club.

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    1. Thanks Deborah. WordPress has an area of “unused Widgets” which is where it stores the ones you remove. There’s also another way to add them that will offer all the ones that work with your theme. One is in the “theme customize menu” the other is in WordPress admin – appearance – Widgets.

      My brother has worn his WVU shirt more than I’ve worn ISU colors, but sometimes the bear gets you.

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