In the past month or so I have had 30 new followers on this blog, all of whom have outlook.com email addresses and almost all of whom have appeared and disappeared within a few hours, most without ever having read even one of my posts!
Of course, having extra followers is always good for one’s morale but for them to leave again quite so quickly could be seen as a bit of a downer. Luckily, when I see that the next one signs up with an outlook.com email address, I know they are not real.
I have mailed the (do you call it sponsor?) of my posts who has written back saying that this isn’t unusual and that they are doing what they can to stop these interlopers from appearing, almost daily. I am still left wondering why people — or bots — would even bother to do such a ridiculous thing. If anyone has an answer, I’d love to hear it!