Two years ago, when I was attempting to gain more of a readership for The Cutter Rambles, I was given a piece of advice: Follow other blogs, and many of them will follow you in return.
That seemed both smart and simple, so I began to scour the internet for other blogs to follow. Once I located a few that seemed worthy of following, I would then check out people who commented on those sites, and see if they had follow-worthy blogs as well.
Every time I found a blog that seemed even remotely worthy of reading on a regular basis, I’d click the follow button. (And sure enough, many of them began to follow me back! Hooray for reciprocation!)
It didn’t take long before my blog roll became quite expansive, and I was following over 200 blogs. Unfortunately, that left my WordPress reader quite bloated. On a typical day, I might have over 35 new entries appear in my reader, and I simply don’t have time to read that many.
As it turned out, some of those “impulse follows” turned out to be mistakes. It’s not that they aren’t quality sites or well written, it’s just that for one reason or another, I don’t necessarily want to read them on a regular basis.
So I’m going to do some spring cleaning on the blog roll. If the blog is inactive (No new posts in over a month), then it’s gone. If I haven’t read a post on the site in over three months, then it will similarly be removed.
If I take a look at the site and can’t figure out exactly why I would have ever chosen to follow it, then I’m going to have to unfollow. (And if you happen to be one of those blogs’ authors, please don’t feel too bad. It’s me, not you. Really!)
Hopefully, this paring down process will allow me to not feel overwhelmed by how many posts are in my reader, so that I can actually read the blogs I do enjoy reading.
So for any fellow authors who might wonder why I don’t seem to read or comment on your sites anymore, you’ll likely either get a lot more attention in the coming days…or never hear from me again.
This post has been part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. In case you couldn’t tell, today’s letter was B, and the topic was “Blog roll.”