Monday, 31 May 2010

How Do You Read Yours?

I've noticed that the number of blogs that I read regularly has increased to over 40. Now, obviously, not everyone posts everyday, but I do endeavour to read them all at some point during the week and comment where appropriate. Some of the blogs I follow are the 'professionals' ~ Shimelle, Ali, Lizzy, Stephanie; some I know in real life, either because I'm related to them, or because I've met them at scrapping retreats; most I've 'picked up' because they've been on the same online scrapbooking classes as me ~ Mel, Amy, Deb, Sian & Robyn, to name just a few; some are brilliantly quirky; some are brilliantly written and some are just so brilliantly creative that words fail me. (Image found here.)
My own number of blog followers is slowly creeping up, 90 at the last count, and this constantly amazes me. I began my blog so that my mum and sister could see what we, the London-based branch of the family, were up to each day; never did I imagine that I would gain readers who seem to appreciate my efforts and offer support, humour and copious amounts of talent in return. But there are two things that puzzle me: 1) I have a few ladies who regularly leave me positive and encouraging comments, yet they don't openly 'follow' my blog. And that makes me wonder why that is? 2) I have a number of 'followers' who have never, ever, left a comment and I also wonder why that is? How did they come across my blog in the first place? I 'follow' the blogs I like so that I can easily find them again, and I've always presumed that is what others do.
So, what I am actually trying to ask you, dear reader, is how do you manage your blog reading? And do you have any recommendations for you-really-should-read-this type blogs? (Such as this one, discovered by me this morning.)

6 comments:

Creative Carmelina said...

Hi Ruth!

I follow blogs that i like, and sometimes follow other blogs because they've been kind enough to follow me! when looking at the blog new postings list..i click on my favourites regularily...and if there's a photo or article that interests me, i'll click on over to see it too!

it's hard though when your number count goes up...and i find it takes quite a bit of time to respond to those that have taken the time to leave comments on my blog....

but eventually I make it around to most...i try my best, and that's really all we can do!

sometimes, when I'm particularily pressed for time, i'll just browse through a blog and read recent posts, but not comment....necessarily...

the higher the number, the harder it is to keep up with correspondance...regularily....

enjoy your monday!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Amy said...

Well, I would be one that reads but doesn't always follow and the short answer is that I'm lazy! Well, not really, but I organise my blogs into categories - some from classes I took, some from an old magazine I used to subscribe to and some by their nationality ie Aussie scrappers. I started following people and then I found my dashboard was pretty crowded and I like to read at my own pace - if someone has posted and I have it on the dash I read immediately because I have no self-control, when really I need to be doing other things. For me it is about a matter of balance, I need to read when I have the time and if I followed all who I read I would be out of control, this way I can check in on things when I'm ready .... my mind works in mysterious ways I know! I think what I'm trying to say is that I don't feel as though things are too crazy this way.
As for blogs to read and must reads, I'm finding that changes a bit ... I go through stages where I really connect with a particular blogger and then I need a break, PW is one of those. She's fantastic and I've been reading her for a couple of years but sometimes I don't for a few weeks but I know I can pick things up again at any stage. I find the balance between reading my regulars and finding new inspiration quite tricky at times - there needs to be more hours in the day!

Ok, I'd better stop now ;-)

Deb said...

My blog reading has been in a bit of a slump lately and it always depends on what's going on in my life at any given time. For a while I was spending SO much time online, keeping up with blogs that I follow and being careful to leave comments as much as I could. It just got to be too much and was consuming a lot of my time.

I really wish more people would leave comments as they visit, but some people just don't. Or maybe some of my readers don't know how to leave a comment? I don't know...

So, anyway, my blog reading is based on how much time I have. :o)

Rhona said...

I don't normally follow blogs, the ones I like get put in my favourites or in the sidebar of my blog and I just check them when I see they've updated or when I have time. Recently things have been quite busy around here so when I do go on to the blogs I read, I end up reading a few posts in one go.
It's funny though because I'd been thinking about people reading and commenting on my blog the other day. I'll be interested to see what your other readers have to say.

Elizabeth said...

I tend to keep a few blogs open in TooManyTabs and then look at them most days. I'll go in fits and starts of looking at the ones I've got categorised in favourites.

I tend not to comment too often because it worries me that I look boring or sycophantic. I also have this inferiority complex that there's a clique of commenting friends and the blog-owner won't want me sticking my nose in. (I didn't realise I haven't grown up since I was that inferior little girl several decades ago! The one who never gets chosen when the popular girls choose sides.)

Also I get really bored by the blogs where the comments run to scores or even hundreds. Again, what's the point of commenting there?

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