- When you start getting afraid to have your own opinion because someone you follow disagrees with it, it’s time to unfollow.
- When you base your basic life decisions, online and off, according to the principle of “What would (popular Tumblr blogger) do?” it’s time to unfollow.
- When you start treating the opinion of someone on Tumblr as more reputable simply because of their popularity, it’s time to unfollow.
- When the thought of being called out by a blogger you admire scares you and would ruin your day if it actually happened, it’s time to unfollow.
- When you find yourself wondering just how far you can push a popular blogger’s limits in a twisted attempt to be their friend, IT’S TIME TO FUCKING UNFOLLOW.
These kinds of instincts are things that every Tumblrite should cultivate, not just on here and not even just online—replace “blogger” with “person” and “unfollow” with “let it go” and it becomes damn near universal. I know that I have a disturbing tendency to cling and put people on pedestals, and I’ve had it all my life. And I know I’ve alienated people by doing so. I don’t want to be that way, but I know starting to not be that way takes a lot of tough self-awareness and restraint.
I know we can all get hung up on numbers here, but shouldn’t we all know that when it comes to followers, quality trumps quality? Don’t be That Follower, folks. (I’ve been That Follower and it’s gotten me nothing but trouble. 0/5, would not recommend.)