Sunday, September 2, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions (#17): How do You connect with blogs?
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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?
Answer: I use Google Reader. I do follow a few blogs through Networked Blogs, etc, but honestly I never check. I only subscribe to a few blogs via email. I already get too much email so I don’t want it clogged up with blog feeds.
Recently I’ve been visiting blogs – not necessarily following them – through Twitter links. So many people have lost their Google Follow button from the switch to Wordpress that I find myself following them through Twitter instead.
I do tend to follow blogs that have less followers. I still have to enjoy their blog and find their reviews interesting but I like to support newer bloggers just like people did for me when I was starting out. There’s a lot of negativity in the community right now and I’ve heard new bloggers say that they are intimidated or turned off by the hostile environment. There was nothing but blogger love when I started over 2 years ago and I want to help be supportive. Having said that, I follow the big guys too. It’s about personality and content for me. If you have both then I follow, regardless of size.
I rarely enter contests. I won’t follow specifically for a contest. If I’m already a follower then fine, but like I mentioned above, the blog has to have good content for me add yet another blog to my Google Reader list. I don’t require anyone to follow for my giveaways any more either. Some giveaways have it as an option and I find I get more followers by giving people the choice instead of requiring a follow.
I have never unfollowed a blog. Because I don’t know how to. lol
I was just going through my reader the other day and I see a few blogs that I just don’t visit anymore but I’m too lazy to figure out how to remove them. I just scroll by them and visit the blogs with interesting posts and I don’t worry about it too much.
So I guess for me the question would be “what makes you scroll past a blog?” If a blogger is reviewing books from a genre I don’t read (unless their reviews are still interesting in their own right), if their review style has changed to a something that I don’t enjoy reading anymore (this has happened a lot recently), if reviews feel overly positive all the time (as in I’m not getting an objective review so that I can make a good purchase choice – I don’t mind positive reviews of course), blogs that post only cover reveals or publisher hyping, and bloggers that behave badly online – usually on Twitter.
I’m not too picky when I visit blogs. I’m looking for personality more than anything. They can post all memes, make spelling errors (within reason), even blog about things that don’t necessarily interest me but if their personality comes shining through I’ll probably still follow the blog.
How about you? What makes you follow/unfollow a blog?
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