How many bloggers do you follow?

This is not twitter but we sure do love followers. In twitter world many view unfollowing them as an offence this is why there are many tools to detect unfollowers so that you can return the favor. I have never come across a tool like that for WordPress, maybe I haven’t been here long enough but I do not expect bloggers to care much about that. We all appreciate large following comments and likes but not to the extent of chasing followers.

Having said that I want to share with you how I wanted to know how many blogs am I following. I have realized that everyday I see the same blogs on my reader in the blogs I follow section so I wanted to know what is happening to others I followed. After a little searching I was lucky to find what I was looking for, this is when I realized I needed to do the unthinkable.

While it might not sound well with others I think it is important to have a reason to follow someone, there is nothing wrong with supporting a new blogger with a follow but they need more than that. Everyday I see posts with no comments, no likes and those who posted have a lot of followers. I prefer a comment or a conversation to a follow because through that a lot more people will get to know how I think and this will connect me with like minded people.

Not bad is it?
Not bad is it?

For those who blog for business purposes I have no problem with them, I can follow a thousand blogs if all they want is the numbers. The case is different for many of us who just share part of our lives to the world, we need support, compassion, recognition so that we can feel as part of this big family. We need to relate to someone or be of help, just like an ordinary person we want to be useful.

So if  you have a reason to unfollow someone here is how;

  1. unfollow1You can click on the name of the blog or avatar of author and you will be directed to the blog’s page. You will see the image as this one on the right showing that you are following that blog. When you click on that word Following you will unfollow the blog.
  2. followers_editThe other way is through the Reader. Click edit on the Blogs I Follow section. A list of all blogs you follow will be displayed with a total number of all blogs you follow.
  3. As the image below shows for every blog listed there is that x mark which you can click to unfollow.

unfollow

Now you now how to do it, but do not say I made you do it 🙂

I really would love to hear from you so that I can understand how people really feel about this topic, would you rather have fewer active followers or a large number of ‘viewers’ followers?


45 thoughts on “How many bloggers do you follow?

  1. If someone unfollows me, I am not too offended. My writing is too random for everyone to enjoy everyday. That said, however, I love seeing my follower count increase. I like when they like and comment, but I know some don’t have the time to daily, and play catch up when they do, and that is just fine too. Or if they silently read I am happy with that as well. Just knowing my thoughts have reached people, one way or the other.

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  2. I’ve recently started unfollowing blogs that don’t interest me any longer, but so do they know? I’ve never received a notification that someone unfollowed me, but I’m certain people have. Also, it doesn’t look like the follow count drops. What have you noticed?

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    1. The count keeps growing I doubt if people really take time to unfollow others, maybe in extreme cases of sensitive content.
      This is what I wanted to know , how do you follow a blog you have never liked a post or commented to?

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      1. If someone follows me, usually first I check out their about page. If there are no “red flags” of content that I know I won’t agree with, I give them the benefit of the doubt and follow them back. But sometimes they just follow to get follow backs and aren’t involved so I unfollow them.

        Sometimes I follow blogs based on topics (like fashion ones) but they usually don’t follow back. Then if all their posts are selling products or don’t provide me any new insight I’ll unfollow them.

        I like best the blogs that are both interactive and provide some interesting perspective. If a blog is neither I definitely unfollow.

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      2. This is so me.
        That is a very genuine and I think we all need to be doing that, there must be a difference between blogs and other social media.
        We dedicate our time to write and read what others have written so it really should add value not just a time waster.

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      3. It’s actually a bit different for me because I have a self-hosted blog. Because I have jetpack installed, I can still connect with official wordpress and like and follow as most others do, but I also have a seperate mailing list that is not affiliated with wordpress. It can be a bit hardder to connect with other bloggers because of the slight disconnect with a self hosted blog.

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      4. I’m now using the wp app I want to experiment something with your blog, we have difficulty following blogs that are not hosted by WordPress. I will write a post about this, I don’t know how many wp users know how to follow a non-wp blog.
        Thank you for adding me in your list on twitter.

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      5. Let me know if it works or not.mi have had some issues with it. Theoretically, it should be fine. Jetpack is installed and it links to the WP core at WP.com where the database of followers is held. I prefer the other mailing list I have, but maintain the Jetpack one for ease of use for other blogs. Do you see the wordpress bar and follow button above my blog when you visit?

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  3. I actually don’t mind any. I like those active followers because I get to converse with them with whatever post they’re interested in chatting about. I get to know a little bit more about the blogger 🙂

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  4. I think it’s important to make an effort to visit each blogger who “likes” or follows my blog. There isn’t always time for commenting, but (for my own sanity) I’ll never “like” any post unless I’ve actually read and liked it. If a blog turns out to be less than anticipated, I’ll simply turn notifications off and continue following 🙂
    PS thanks for liking/following my blog, mboki_m 😀 ♥ ❤

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      1. Hmmm… until now, I hadn’t realized what a good question that is. WP’s recent “improvements” 😛 have stripped their classic dashboard of valuable options… Their classic dashboard had a page called “Edit Blogs I Follow”. That page allowed post/comment notifications to be turned ON (instant/daily/weekly) or OFF. Unfortunately, the page appears to have disappeared 😦 Fortunately, I happened to have saved this link @ https://wordpress.com/following/edit/
        I have no idea why WP would choose to discard such a valuable option?!? :-/

        There’s also a “Subscription Management” page. But it only allows options for following instant/daily/weekly or unfollowing…

        As for the reader, I haven’t used it enough to know. Please let e know if any of this helps 🙂 ♥ ❤

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  5. Honestly, if I don’t have any interaction with a blogger I unfollow them. I’m here for connection and conversation, not for followign what i call ‘broadcast’ blogs that are for ego or business purposes. I’ve followed a fair few blogs and not received follows back, so that indicates to me thet they’re not interested in connecting. Harsh I guess, but one needs a criteria online. By the way, I’m now following you. Thanks for connecting on Twitter as wel 🙂 Look forward to a conversation !

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      1. hahaha..I had the same experience, we even started to communicate via email and follow each other on twitter. Online friendship is real as you have said

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  6. I just checked and I was surprised that I followed 316 blogs! I actually read all the posts on my reader I read quite a lot everyday 🙂

    Yes, I agree that it’s not about the number of followers but the level of interaction that you get is more important. The number of followers in the end is just numbers. However, the interaction that you get from real people can’t be quantified 🙂

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    1. Very true. From all those there maybe 10 or less that you will recognize if they did not post for a while. Following back those who follow increases the number and I guess there is no harm

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