Minus 78

Hello dear reader(s)!

Today I unfollowed 78 blogs.  It wasn’t because they were full of hate and generalizations, there were actually a lot of different reasons.  I will tell you the story, because I can.

It all started when my lovely wife decided to take a nap.  Not wanting to write another post today, and not feeling up for some of the work-type-things I have to do (dealing with insurance companies, getting labs drawn, etc…), I decided to clean up my email settings a bit.  It was while doing so I realized that I was following 379 blogs.

Now, since I am a fast reader, and not everyone posts everyday, I knew I was following quite a few blogs and mostly wasn’t feeling very overwhelmed.  I was thinking somewhere on the order of 200.  But 379?  Impossible.  So I went through each one on a hunch that they weren’t showing up on my reader.  And sure enough, some weren’t.  Some blogs that I thought had dropped off the face of the Earth and that I enjoyed very much were still posting away.  So that was disconcerting.

I figure that the good ol’ folks at WordPress must decide that 379 is too many blogs and limit my reader to only those recently liked or commented on.  And that sucks.  Sometimes I don’t like a specific post, but may like the other work of the author.  Sometimes a blogger might be having a particularly bad week and so I skip over those posts to avoid the negativity.  Sometimes I may have just been sleeping or busy when someone last posted and by the time I got back to my reader, it was filled with blog dumps by some others.  (Although thankfully, the Thought Catalog issue has been solved for a while now.)

But then as I was looking I noticed something disturbing.  So many good blogs just stopped.  2 months ago.  Like a blog mass extinction event.  What happened?  Asteroid?  Meteor?  Ancient Aliens?  The NSA?  Chemtrails?!?!?!

So I went back through my list with the following criteria:

  1. Have they posted within the last 14 days?
  2. If not, do they have a valid excuse near their most recent posts?  (Example: holiday in Iceland)
  3. Have they ever come by my blog, other than the initial follow?  (Tough to find out, but not impossible.)
  4. Do I agree with anything they stand for?  (I am okay with opposing viewpoints, but if you follow me and use the word “libtard”, I won’t find validity in anything you put out there.)
  5. Are they an obvious bot?

Pretty easy not to fall into that pool.

For the active, but infrequent posters:  I understand, but I can not give you space in my reader for your once-in-a-blue-moon post over my regulars, and I will not have WordPress take away the more frequent content for you.  I wish you luck in your endeavors.

So using that criteria, I unfollowed 78 blogs.  I now stand at 301, although I’ll be looking at some of my recent followers to see if I should follow back over the next couple of days, but for now…301.  Still probably too much for WordPress, but sounds good to me.  Especially since not everyone posts daily.  In fact, if you would like to schedule so I am not underwhelmed or overwhelmed, it would be greatly appreciated.  Talk amongst yourselves.

There were two very heartbreaking things I came across.

One of the blogs I unfollowed’s last post was “I’m really miserable” about 8 months ago.  I hope that person is alive and happy and just off of WordPress.  Maybe the blogging world was bringing that person down.  No real way to reach out to a dead blog…but hopefully live person.

Another blog, with a lot of followers had a last post a year ago titled “Prayer’s needed”.  I hope that person got what was prayed for.

Also, I deleted my blog-type-thing from Tumblr, because I’m not 15 or porn.  Yet.


Author: Josh Wrenn

Cancer survivor, wanna-be artist, musician, author, and all around good guy.

39 thoughts on “Minus 78”

  1. Haha, I was just thinking today about how useless my Tumblr was. My baby brother is 18 so that is how he keeps up with this blog so that’s the only reason I keep it. I actually wondered if you found a way to make it work for you. 😉

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    1. No, that platform is just too…”I like literally can’t even” for me. Or just really porn-y. I had like 8 follow requests a day from porn sites, who probably search every post for the word “sex” and then automatically follow. I’m thinking…um…okay…this is not a porn blog!

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  2. You didn’t mention people (like me) who post an enormous amount every single day. I know it’s irritating and overwhelming, and that many of my posts don’t even interest you… Please, feel free to unfollow me and just visit whenever you feel like it. Seriously, following 300 different blogs — it gives me a headache just to think about trying to keep track of that many people.

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    1. Your posts that don’t interest me are usually links that are simple to scroll past. You should see the blog-dumps some people take. You don’t even compare on the blog dump scale. And most of your posts do interest me, I just have either read them myself, or don’t want to drive the traffic. But I know why you post how you post, and admire that. If I wanted to unfollow, I would.


      1. Blog-dumps… that’s hilarious. I’m picturing a blogger on a toilet, with a very strained look on her face, dumping posts. Even though I don’t feel like it, that made me smile, gracias.

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  3. Is sharing your special number not against the gentleman’s code? 😛

    That’s a lot of people. I don’t think I’m following half as many.

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      1. Dark Knight of the blogging world.

        I blame my being on so much on the baby. She sleeps in my arms, I blog (or read rather) in between smelling her sweet little baby head.

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  4. Are WordPress Reader algorithms similar to Facebook algorithms? I’m curious now, as I seem to always have the same bloggers show up on my reader feed. I’ve been half tempted to add the blogs I do enjoy to my feedly account…but that sounds like work and time that I don’t have. hmmm…

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  5. Gosh, I follow over 400! At least half I have set for “no post” emails but now I will take a look. As bloggers, we always need fresh followers, as, like you said, many drop out of the blogosphere. I was one of those, having starting my blog over 3 years ago. I was very infrequent, but restarted with a vengeance last September after stumbling upon Blogging 101. Great advice!!

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  6. Wait a minute? Tumblr’s for porn? Dude, I don’t know anything until I read your blog…jeeze…

    You can tweak your settings and have all of the blogs you follow update to your email.
    I think when you follow someone back the interface gives you the choice of having
    updates go to email. I have a separate email account for wordpress.

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    1. I was getting so many emails, I just prefer them in my reader, so I was mostly taking the frequent posters out of email and still following them. But honestly, are you pulling my leg about the Tumblr thing? Because I really didn’t know until just recently when I noticed how many porn site requests I was getting.

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      1. HA! I think the Viagra adds might be, but, I think because one of my first posts had the word sex in it, that some porn bot automatically searched it out. That’d be fine if I had a porn blog, but since I don’t, I just didn’t see the point of being there.

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  7. I don’t get Tumblr at all, not at all!!! Doing some Spring cleaning on your blog, tidying up? That’s good. I have no idea how many blogs I follow, I need to go figure that out. But there are quite a few blogs/posts that I miss in the reader and I have to go looking for them to see their most recent posts, because they are my favorites. Actually I did unfollow one blog, because it was in a language I didn’t know, I’m not quite sure how I even started following it.

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    1. Well, you can’t…technically. It takes a long time, and you have to watch for patterns, and even then it is mostly conjecture. But if you watch your reader, comments, and countries, know where the people you interact with reside, how many of them, etc… you can start to figure out a rough (but pretty accurate) picture in your stats. For example, I know one of my Readers lives in Japan and uses Live.com to find my blog. I’ve realized that when that flag shows up in the countries, so does that search engine, and they both usually show up when I get a comment or like from that Reader. You do that kind of association with all of your stats over time and unless your views have recently jumped, you can get a good picture of you regulars. Oh, and I think WordPress takes the blogs you don’t interact with (by at least clicking in or liking) and they don’t do the same to you, after a bit of time. A lot of work, but seems to get you pretty close.

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  8. I do the same – every six months I review the blogs I’m following and if they haven’t posted anything or stopped by to say hello in that time then I unfollow them… It’s quite therapeutic as it gives me chance to find more blogs to follow instead!

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  9. I Have real trouble keeping up with blogs as well. I did used to automatically follow blogs that followed mine, but I have so much stuff on my reader now. I have today unfollowed about three blogs I didn’t even realise I was following. but it does feel pretty awful!

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  10. I don’t know how many blogs I follow, but it’s too many. I carve out time for blog stuff, and I’m choosy about what I read, let alone comment on. I do read quite a few people who don’t seem to read me…Do I have bad blog self-esteem, or do I just really like them? *shrugs*
    I know how you feel about those last blog posts, though. Especially when you’re following someone with mental health issues. I have one like that, so sporadic, I’m always relieved to know he’s hangin on.

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    1. That is something I have leeway in, I just didn’t want to post about it because it feels like I’d be violating HIPAA. But that 8 month one…I hope she didn’t kill herself. It was like every day and then nothing.


      1. Oh! I wouldn’t be surprised if that were entirely true. But to think of it, I now remember a few weeks ago a fellow follower told me that many of my posts didn’t appear on his reader, so I guess you’re right.

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  11. I understand your feeling completely. I also have to do the same – not because I’m snobby or trying to be mean but because if there’s so many, it’s impossible to keep track and becomes a chore rather than a pleasure. Not to mention, I don’t want to be glued to my computer screen all day. I like to try and keep ‘conversations’ with the blogs I follow, so it’s another reason why I have to do some housecleaning every now and then… 🙂

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