I had over 1000 and yes it is. Just be glad people are doing it. Popularity is a privilege.
Some years I respond to all but usually I don’t respond individually.
Worst case I had it is when Vine was around. At one point I was up to 8000 followers and the service was at its peak of usage. Over 1/2 my followers were under 12 and they looked up to people with lots of followers.
What can I do when a bunch of 10 yr olds make special birthday Vines to me? Respond to each one and say thank you, stick a like or <3 on them or something. It’s at that point I realized “ok, I guess I’m popular and yeah it’s a pain, but really, it’s lucky and I should be grateful”. So I was.
Fact is, you’re an interesting guy with interesting observations about things and people like that. I like it when one of your posts comes across my feed. It’s always interesting.