Friends, I realize we won’t agree on everything and that is cool. If you find anything I say offensive please let me know. This is my blog and I have invested money in it so I get to say what I want. Of course my posts come from a place of respect especially for people on the fringes who need someone to speak for them.
If you don’t like what I have to say you may unfollow me and I will not take it personally. I hope that what I have to say is met with equal respect and thoughtful commentary and feedback that isn’t personally hurtful. There is no reason to go there.
Thank you for following me and I welcome my newest followers from the past couple of weeks. I appreciate you.
Today I went through quite a few blogs and decided to un-follow some inactive sites. This was nothing personal but just a function of housekeeping and freeing up space for active bloggers.
My criterion was if they haven’t blogged in 3 months or more I un-followed them. If you are like me you see a cool blogger and wanna follow them but sometimes it can be way to many blogs to look at and to manage.
I understand that it can go both ways and someone would be ready to kick me to the curb and that is fair. I pretty much blog every day and multiple times a day so there have been people who have said they can’t keep up. It’s all good. Thanks to each of you who follow me and who make blogging an important part of your daily ritual. Keep on blogging!
I am a friendly and open person. When it comes to my blog all I want following are real, live people and not any sort of business or brand or any site that just exists to hock their wares. The type of connections I want here are person to person, human to human. Any site that looks like a bot or any sort of SEO thing will be blocked by me. Don’t even bother following if you aren’t an actual human being. My blog is about making two-way conversations and I am not interested in any sort of commercial transactions. So I am picky about who I let follow and I think everyone else should be too.
I am blocking any blog who seems to be created with a bot or is solely using it as some sort of spam site. I will not follow back. My purpose is expression and making connections with real, live people in the blogging community. It is my hope that WordPress will be able to develop a system where blocking/banning is easier and more effective.
It’s amazing that if you have a great many followers that you only seem to get a fraction of them interacting. Sometimes having more following means less connecting. Quality seems to be the ideal whereas quantity is not all it’s cracked up to be. So the more the merrier might not apply in every situation.
For a personal blogger the rules are different than that of a business or commercial blogger. Making friends is something they both want to do but for different reasons. I have a lot of followers but seem to connect with just a small portion of those who are following. It’s funny how that works.
The WordPress Reader has a way for you to create lists to organize the bloggers you are following. You can set it up by any topic or interest you can think of that will help you with reading the blogs you would like to read more of at any given time. You can also add non-Wordpress blogs to it. Try creating your own lists so you can manage who you are reading.
Be the first or among the first to follow a new blogger. It will make their day knowing they are building an audience. Remember the days when you first started blogging and how when someone you had never met before liked a post or followed your blog. Making connections through blogging can be a great way to expand ones horizons.
It’s good to encourage people to keep on blogging and to make this process fun.