Clean up, organize, evaluate, and other stuff generally put off. Bloggers have different goals; mine is not to collect numbers; therefore, I have been checking everyone who has been among my followers for 10 months or more. When I started this blogging about 2 1/2 years ago, it seemed I would never get followers. I grasped everyone I could get; now I grasp everyone who I believe really follows because we have something to give to each other.
I find that I cannot make contact with more than fifty people a day, no matter how much I want to. And I believe there are no more than that who really follow me. So I have taken out all those whose sites have expired or who were following in order to sell me something. I have dropped most bloggers who receive hundreds of comments and have thousands of fans. I have nothing to give them, and I like the more personal touch. There are those whose blogs were consistently quite long; some I kept but others I dropped. I dropped some very nice blogs just because I didn’t know enough about the subjects to feel they were good use of my time – such as dining in fancy restaurants, lovely world travel, picture taking, cooking, music – wonderful but something has to go. I dropped blogs that insist on my subscribing to e-mail or newsletters by dropping those forms down before I have time to read anything. (I hated this. Some I really wanted to read.)
Well that is roughly the screening process I went through. I found lots of folks who have posted nothing for several months. Most of those I left a comment and asked for a “hi” from them. I have received four notices that the hosts where still alive and well, reading but not writing very much. Those who do not respond. I will drop after a couple more months – at least when I get around to it.
Sadly I might have mistakenly removed some by accident. If any reader out there begins to notice that I have not been by, grab me. I don’t want to miss you. I did find several people who follow me but I had failed to follow them. I marked their follows; it is my intention to follow everyone who follows me, although it sometimes takes me a while to do that. I always check the “about” but find that several new followers have a “this is a sample of an about page” rather than having an introduction of themselves. Maybe they are just new to the process, but I am always disappointed when that happens.
I have cut my followers from 419 to about 335. Painful process, but I feel a need to know my blogging friends and have no need to raise numbers.