I do not fully understand the culture of “following” blogs. Of the 22 people following this blog (as of this writing), I suspect fewer than 6 of them have actually read one of my posts all the way through. So why are the other 73% following me? I’m guessing they found me with keywords (which would explain some followers … but not the fashion blogs) and they want me to follow them.
Now, it’s not that I don’t want to follow them, but I use my reader for a particular purpose. I only “follow” blogs where posting is sporadic because I get a weekly digest. If I read your blog regularly and you post regularly, you are in my browser’s bookmarks: I don’t need a reminder to read you. If I followed every blog that I had a cursory interest in or who followed me, my reader would be very unpleasant to navigate. So really, it’s not you: it’s me.
And perhaps the exception proves the rule: I follow the Dish because they post TOO much and getting a snippet in my reader allows me a peek to see if I want to read the whole post.
I fear this is poor manners on my part and perhaps there’s a very sensible reason for all of this following. If there is and you know it, please enlighten me. I freely admit that I don’t know what I’m doing. When Sandi of sappy as a tree mentioned something about blogging etiquette a while back, it kind of freaked me out. I hadn’t really considered it.
There are times when being told “ur doing it wrong” is not helpful and is more an indication of the commenter wishing to impose their values on a situation. In this case, while I don’t feel the need to court readers by pretending to be something I’m not, I don’t want to alienate you all by my thoughtlessness. So, dear readers, I welcome your input on this…
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