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September 3rd: Following: How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Are you on an e-mail list? Are you more apt to follow people who have less followers? Would you follow a blog to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow a blog?
How do you follow blogs?
I follow blogs in a variety of ways: Most of them via Twitter, Goodreads, WordPress, Blogger, Google searches, and word of mouth.
Do you use Google Reader? Not presently, but I’ll check into it.
Are you on an e-mail list?
I’m on several, but most of them are from author sites, rather than from fellow bloggers.
Are you more apt to follow people who have less followers?
To be honest I don’t really look at how many or how few followers a blog has. For me what’s important, and what gets me to follow is the content of the blog.
Would you follow a blog to enter a contest?
I have, but I’m not really in favor of the whole concept. Let’s face it. We all want more followers. We want people to visit our blogs…that’s why we have one in the first place, but if someone is only following to gain more contest entries does it really do any good? Are they going to be repeat visitors, or are we just inflating our numbers? What’s to stop them from unfollowing as soon as the contest is over? I did it one time for a giveaway and decided not to do it again. I think if I was going to have them follow anyone it should be the author…after all…isn’t that who we’re trying to promote? Isn’t that our real focus and goal? If not…shouldn’t it be?
What makes you unfollow a blog?
That’s only happened a few times, and it was because either the content was no longer interesting, or the layout of the blog was too jumbled to look at, or it consistently took forever to load. One more reason…the one that will cause a n unfollow faster than all the rest? Negativity and disrespect. Bloggers are free to post whatever they want, but if that includes trashing authors, books, other blogs? I want no part of it.
Ok peeps…what makes YOU follow a blog…or unfollow it if you have?