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:
- Have they posted within the last 14 days?
- If not, do they have a valid excuse near their most recent posts? (Example: holiday in Iceland)
- Have they ever come by my blog, other than the initial follow? (Tough to find out, but not impossible.)
- 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.)
- 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.