03 September 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #15 - Following Blogs


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!

Today's Question: 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 love following blogs, big or small, thousands of followers or just three, if the content is well presented and interesting to me. I don't stick to particular genres of book blogs because I don't stick to particular genres of books - YA, horror, romance or eclectic mixtures are dotted throughout my following list, and if I had to choose one particular 'type' I would have to say the eclectic ones are my favourites, it's awesome to read a variety of posts.

Google Reader is my very best following friend. It's exceptionally easy to use, gives me all my favourites whenever there is a new post, and allows me to quickly scroll through the latest posts and read the ones that interest me most. I do occasionally follow by email, but this tends to be only for my absolute favourite blogs, otherwise my inbox goes crazy and I just end up deleting everything because I know I can't read them all. Twitter is fun, but I'm usually only on Twitter for about an hour each day, so I'll only see tweeted links if they come through at just the right moment.

One thing that I do find frustrating is when I CAN'T find the following options easily. I don't like wide blogs where I need to scroll sideways, when the following options are at the bottom of the page, or are hidden somewhere in a messy sidebar. It sounds harsh, but if I can't find the options easily, I'm far more likely just to give up.

When it comes to contests, I don't mind following and showing support, but it has to be an easy follow option - GFC, RSS or Twitter are fine, but I don't think I've ever ended up entering a competition where I need to follow, or friend, someone on Goodreads - if I'm already following the blog, I only want to follow or friend on Goodreads someone whose reviews and content match my taste too.

Every few months I have a 'clean out' of the blogs I'm following, and it's only when a blog has been inactive for two months or more, without an explanation that I stop following. I always feel a little bad when I do, but there are so many active blogs, with great content that I'm constantly discovering that I just need to have a cull occasionally. And yes, I've un-followed a few that have posted, or done something that has upset me - I want to support bloggers that have integrity and act in a professional manner.

8 comments:

  1. I agree that Twitter is a great way to follow others, but as you stated, you have to be on Twitter at the right moment. I can't depend on it, so I definitely follow via RSS.

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  2. Great topic! Couldn't agree more about Google Reader, as it's so easy! I'm not on Twitter enough to link to posts, and don't think I've ever followed someone via email as I think posts would just get lost in the shuffle. And I can't understand why some blogs make it so hard to follow them....if I can't find it, they don't get followed. It's a shame too, as sometimes the blogs are pretty awesome. *shakes head*

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  3. Great point!!! Not being able to find how to follow you is horrible. I've been running into that a lot lately since people are dropping GFC. That's fine but what/where are my options??

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  4. Google Reader for the win for me too. I refuse to enter contests where you have to be a GFC follower because I choose to read my blog feeds through GR and don't want to be following in multiple ways.

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  5. I too am the same way with following blogs. I do try to clean up my blogs too after a while.

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  6. My laptop if getting old, but I really only notice that on blogs that are a bit... overloaded? So I get not liking to have navigate like crazy just to read a post. Google reader is a blogger's best friend!

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  7. Oh yes...I know what you mean. It's one thing not to have a follower widget or count, but if you can't find one that's another. Similar to comments...I hate it when I can't find the comments link/box. Every few months huh? That's ambitious!

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