I read and subscribe to a lot of blogs. This has been an unexpected pleasure of becoming a blogger- meeting people from all over the world. A nd I enjoy reading blogs, but sometimes it gets hard, like when I was sick. I wasn’t really reading much, except for a few light reads, so I’m playing catch up on blog reading.
Boy- WordPress does not make it easy to catch up on blogs. Reader doesn’t include all the posts you subscribe to on a good day, much less weeks. So I read some blogs on email (trust me- this is not a good method for me. I currently have 65m unopened emails in my waking account. I’m going to have to open up an email for people who are trying to reach me directly- sorry to all of you who have tried to reach me and have not received an answer) I tried searching blog names and reading blogs that way. Again, this was not easy because you really need to have exact blog name and such in order to find it. This was frustrating- I mean G Sandwich shouldn’t be that hard to search for…Then, if someone liked or commented on my blog, I would go back to look at their posts that way. This was probably the best way to scroll the archives, except for the amount of times I unfollowed someone accidentally because I hit the unfollow button instead of the blog name. Then, because it’s WordPress, I would have trouble refollowing them. Sorry Muddling and Nana for the confusion, but I finally got you guys back on track. Side note: you have no idea how many times I read Part 6 before I read parts 1-5…
I also have this weird “fairness” thing going on in my head: I would only read one blog from one reader at a time. I thought it was “fair” to try to read as many of my friends as possible. This is one of my OCD type tendencies- to get locked into a particular mindset.
But lets skip to another blog aspect: people that want you to read their blogs and follow them. I used to do the quid pro quo thing when it came to blog follow: if someone followed me, I followed them. I remember what it was like to be a beginning blogger and not have anyone following me- I’m willing to give anyone a chance. But then I realized that many of these blogs would get me to follow them and then unfollow me. I mean really. Not everyone can be as stupid as I am and keep unfollowing people as I try to read them. So I stopped following people blindly.
Skipping again. What about the different types of people that follow your blog? Now, as I’m a “middle aged”, married Mom who wants to be a writer, i get all of the people that check off at least one of those boxes. But as I am more than that, I understand followers that are cooks, organized, minimalist, movie fans, readers, photographers- because theses are all my hobbies. And honestly, if a twenty something guy from India wants to follow me- well fine. Maybe he has some of my interests. But recently, a blog promoting Pilipino Women as being the best brides found it’s way to my blog. They liked my post about my new planner and chose to follow me. Now, I guess if you’re in the mail order bride business you need a good planner, but I don’t know if you need to follow me, especially with my views on relationships…
And them there’s everyone’s favorite: the people who add to your comments- “Please follow me at http://www.ithinkthisisthebestwaytoattractfollowers.wordpress.com”. For the record, if one of you reads this post before you like it and add this message, I will report you as spam if you do this to me, because as far as I’m concerned, this is SPAM. You neither like me or my post- Do you know how to get followers? Write well. End of story.
- I’m still catching up on Don’t feel bad if I missed something. I’m getting there.
- Don’t follow me and them unfollow me
- Don’t ask me to read your blog without giving me a compelling reason for me to read it