Day three of Blogging 101 asks us to follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.
For me this is a difficult one to do for a couple of reasons. Since I began blogging, I have sometimes gone to the reader to read the current blogs I follow, but I find that I prefer to do so through email notifications. I see them all a one time, and for me it just works better.
Occasionally I access the Reader and scan topics, but I do so when in fact I have time. That isn’t too often lately, because of personal health issues and fatigue. But aside from that even, I do follow quite a number of blogs, and when I commit to do that, I want to read what they write. Sometimes I fall behind in this, but try to catch up. Add that fact to taking time to actually write a post, at least 2 or 3 a week when I can.
There is of course life outside of blogging as we all know, so I don’t like to try to over-extend myself. For me, it just isn’t right.
Having said that, I do visit sites of those who ‘like’ or ‘comment’ a post, or who ‘follow’ me, and who are new visitors. I must admit that I do not automatically follow everyone who does so, but if when I read a post or two, their writing and content I really identify with, I will either like, comment or even follow if the inclination is strong. As most of us know, there are some bloggers who ‘follow’ at random and don’t really invest any time in actually reading, but only so that you will visit their blog. I actually keep a folder of the notification of those who do, to see if they ever return to my site, and read anything and if so I may take another look at their site.
And actually because of meeting a couple of bloggers who I do identify with, through this Blogging 101, I have ‘followed’ them.
So, there you have it; my thoughts on reading and following blogs…. Diane