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Question: Following: How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Are you on an e-mail list? Are you more apt to follow people who have less followers? Would you follow a blog to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow a blog?
I don't do well with Google Reader for some reason. It feels very overwhelming to me. Sometimes I'll look at it and if I see a post that interests me I'll click on it, but I use another method to keep up with the blogs I love. I simply group them together in my bookmarks toolbar.
I know this may not sound very efficient, but it works for me, mainly because I like to put a "face" or a "voice" to the blog I'm visiting. If I meet people in a certain forum I'll put their blog sites in a folder with that forum title. For example, I have all the blogs that have joined my AAD Reading Challenge in one folder and when I participated in the Book Blogger/Publisher Online Conference, I made another folder for the blogs of the people that I met there. It helps remind me where I came in contact with the bloggers. It's hard to keep up with all the blogs I like to visit as it is, but with my bookmark folders I can just go down the list. Another way that I follow blogs is through Twitter when someone Tweets something that catches my eye. This is a great way to keep up with people and what is going on currently.
I'm not really on any e-mail lists. I get so much e-mail as it is and it's such a time suck.
I will follow a blog to enter a contest if I like that blog to begin with. More often than not, if a contest requires a follow, I really contemplate if I want to enter or not. I feel I have so many books already, so I don't enter a lot of contests.
The follower widget. That controversial little box. Why is it important? Are those numbers real? Well, I for one like my follower widget(s) and I'm thrilled when the number climbs. Maybe those people are only clicking to enter a contest, maybe they click and never return, maybe they really are faithful followers. Whatever the reason, it's a small thing that makes me happy and I think it's fun. I am still thrilled when someone follows me. So, I like to give blogs that are just starting out a follow. Of course, it has to be a blog that I have some interest in as well.
I will unfollow someone (or remove them from my bookmarks) for a variety of reasons. If they haven't posted in a very long time, or if I feel I'm not really connecting with that blogger. Maybe what they post doesn't resonate with me and I don't feel like I'm getting anything out of reading their blog. I also don't like to follow someone who is extremely sarcastic or negative...whether it's on their blog or on Twitter.
So, what is your take on following?