Reading Blogs – What’s Your Strategy?

Do you all keep track of the blogs you read just by your reader? Or do you have another way that works better?

I have been considering putting the blogs I follow into a spreadsheet, so I can check up on them regularly and not worry that I will lose entries in the Reader.

BUT, I’m also concerned that I will spend a LOT more time trying to make sure I never miss a single post of the fairly large number of blogs I’m following.

Also, somewhat related: If you regularly read and comment on a blog – say, for 9 months or so – out of support for a fellow writer, and not necessarily because you just ADORE the content of the blog, and that blog owner never reciprocates, do you eventually stop following that blog? At what point do you decide it’s no longer worth the effort?

16 comments for “Reading Blogs – What’s Your Strategy?

  1. February 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I get email notifications for the blogs I follow and enjoy. I also created a favorite’s list with my favorite links that I can just jump to when I want to see who updated that I missed anything.
    I stopped following a couple of blogs because they posted 5 times a day and the stuff was just nonsense. It’s obvious what blogs are worthwhile and what ones are trying to garner SEO stats and hits.

    • February 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Thanks for sharing! I’m finding it very useful to read about everyone else’s strategies!

  2. February 5, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    It all depends on what is being written, does it not? How long can the “fake support” last? If the writer is good, I know I seek them out even if I miss them on my WP reader. I also belong to the silent stalker category. Often I don’t like or comment, but do read. Trying to get out of it now.

    • February 5, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      I suppose. I mean, I really am more the type of person to just follow the blogs I’m really interested in; but I do have a few people that followed me when I first joined WP. I followed them back thinking as Indie Authors we’d support each other, but I’ve heard nothing from them in months and months. If their blog isn’t one that I look forward to reading, I’m guessing it’s time to remove them. BUT I also don’t want to be the jerk who “unfollows.” So yeah. 🙂

      And I appreciate my silent readers :-). I’m pretty confident that these particular bloggers do not visit my blog. Ever.

  3. February 5, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I think this is a really good question, Leigh. I don’t understand people who never, ever comment back or even hit a like on a comment I leave. I do understand occasionally, but ever. I don’t understand that. It makes me nervous. LOL. Other parts,eh, they just do not mind.

    I understand you are asking for a slightly different angle, but at first I followed everyone back as courtesy. I do not do that anymore. Simply finding out that was not really courteous. As I ended up not reading their blog, then felt badly. I finally did figure out the reader is not reliable. So, I also went through and picked out my top favorite blogs and got them all sent to my email. I have trouble keeping up at times with reading, certain weeks are hard on the mind for that. But, for the most part, the email helps so much. Then I do scan the reader once a day but not all of them come through. Which is weird. But I know my favorites and the ones that always interact with me I am getting in email.

    I think if you are not interested in the blog, and you do not want to unfollow, you could just keep them on your list, and do it that way. it makes it much easier. Then on occasion you could see them in the reader or pop in on them on your list. But good question and I think everyone thinks about it.

    Much love to you Leigh,

  4. February 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I have an email folder just for blogs I follow that have content I enjoy, or engage me in comments. Most of these are also folk who come by blog at least from time to time. I never unfollow someone unless they just offend me or someone dear to me. But people who never reply to comments on their blog or who never come by my blog get dropped from my email. I drop in on my reader occasionally to see if any of those folk not in my email might have changed their pattern, but I don’t waste a lot of time on them if they haven”t.

    • February 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      This sounds reasonable. Thanks for sharing!

    • February 6, 2015 at 8:50 am

      This is exactly the way that I do it! Some of my friends use Feedly to get their favorites, but I haven’t investigated that yet.
      I’m a bit obsessive about commenting. Not so much about waiting for people to respond to my comments, but ME responding to THEM. I feel horrible if I don’t have the chance to respond right away. A good blogger buddy gently reminded me that I don’t have to respond right away and that life happens and people get busy. Now, I have a more systematic way of responding in a way that doesn’t disrupt my work day.
      To me, comments are a gift and it feels like Christmas every time I get one. It’s how I found Leigh 🙂

      • February 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

        I agree when it comes to comments. 🙂

      • February 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

        I could not imagine not responding to comments people make on my blog. At least to say thanks.

  5. February 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I receive posts in my email. I rarely use my Reader. Also I read blogs for their content not to expect a follow in return. I don’t check to see if they follow me back.

    • February 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I don’t necessarily expect a follow; but when I first started out, I followed a fair number of other Indie Authors just because we had something in common. OR they followed me first, probably looking for a follow. Those whose blogs I find uninteresting… I’m considering unfollowing if they are also not reading my blog.

  6. February 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I use email mostly and then check the reader every once and a while to see if I missed anything. To be honest, I’ve really been slacking on the blog reading.

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