Let’s face it. There are a million blogs out here. OK, maybe three million.
If you’re a blog reader–or writer–with limited time and energy (and perhaps no inclination to read three million blogs before bedtime) how do you choose?
There are so many different ways to choose. Of course, we choose to read the blog writers we like. We choose topics we enjoy. We choose interests. Some of us just like to look at photographs and, darn it, we won’t read 1,500 words no matter how fancy they are. Others of us adore words and will read essays but ignore the pictures, no matter how sparkling and amazing they are. Others of us love both.
Back in the Blogging Middle Ages I eagerly adored anyone who might pause by my blog and added them to the blog roll faster than you could imagine because they were the Most Awesome People on the planet.
Every few days I would scroll down the blog roll and go a’visiting everyone. Hello, hello, hello! It was a merry exchange, mostly because there were so few. You could chat away like crazy when you only had a handful on your blog roll. It was really intimate. Kind of like close family and friends. (Sometimes I miss those days when I only knew six bloggers.)
As the years passed and this blog grew and the commenters started increasing a new strategy developed. Every time someone commented on the blog I would return the favor and go read and–if a response surfaced in this addled head–share some thoughts.
This strategy has both positive and negative aspects, as does every blog-reading strategy. The positive is, of course, that you develop a really equal exchange. You gain some really good buddies. The negative: if someone quits reading or commenting on your blog, they kinda drift away in the blogosphere and you rarely see them again unless you remember to look at your blog roll or delve into your “Reader” subscriptions on WordPress.
I rarely subscribe to other blogs via email because–here is the nitty-gritty awful truth–I get email anxiety when too many emails fill the in-box. Seriously folks. Right now the inbox contains six emails (including a hefty credit card bill) and that’s about all the stress this mama can take.
Do you read those who press the “like” button on your posts? I usually don’t. As a comment-loving addict (tee hee) I very rarely follow a liker back to his or her site. You adore them for stopping by, of course, but it’s not incentive enough to return the favor unless their profile looks so interesting that you’re powerless to resist.
As someone who is fortunate enough to have many commenters, I usually reciprocate and read 30-50 blog readers every week. Sometimes this takes–oh, goodness, gosh, golly, it takes three to five hours or more a week. And I’m a speed-reader. Which is also challenging because sometimes when you’re a speed-reader you miss really important points and end up making embarrassing comments which suggest you didn’t really read as carefully and attentively as one ought.
It would be nice to read every loving soul on the blog roll (and THINK of all the wonderful bloggers we don’t even know!) but there is a limit to our time and energy, isn’t there?
I am very interested to know your blog reading strategy. What do you do? Do you get subscriptions via email and avoid heart palpitations? Do you read commenters and likers? Do you read a standard few? How many do you read a week? Do you want to answer any of these questions or must you speed on to the next blog in order to finish reading before bedtime? :)