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.)