Blogging

IMG_2215-minThis particular concept of blogging — what I’m doing here — I love it! Nothing too serious, merely social. I got drawn to it already back in 2006 when Yahoo had its Y360, and I never really stopped. Facebook could never replace this for me. I do have my account there, but quite often it feels as if I have to.

Here, it’s a delight getting up in the morning, checking comments. This subject also connects with my first one in this series; «Home». It’s my little ‘home on the web’ . Childish?! Yes, perhaps but so be it! 🙂

Right now, I also have the right balance of blogs I follow. There were times, in the beginning, when I followed too many, so looking in the Reader felt like a chore. I always have to watch out, so it doesn’t get overwhelming as I do want my comments to have at least a little bit of substance in them.

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40 Replies to “Blogging”

  1. Trying not to follow many blogs has been a problem for me. I solved the problem, not that it works. I do not like to have many followers because it frightens me that I do not know who they are. I prefer those I have known for awhile. However, some leave or go away. I do not know.

    I read the suggested post. So, is it “dailybloggies”, postaday, gratitude?

    I do not know if I “fit” with this group of eleven. I am going to be 78 this month. I am almost two decades older…wiser…the older I get the less I think I am wise. Therefore, I would not assign “wise woman” to me.

    Neither do I take great photos, so I am out of my depth here.

    I will keep with the theme of gratitude. I think today the cue must be blogging.

    1. WordPress, as a blogging platform, assumes people want followers … LOTS of them. So they try to make it easy to connect. Many people never reply to their comments, I’ve noticed — especially the ones with thousands of followers. Then, it feels one has lost the social aspect of it.

      «postaday» is the generic tag WordPress uses for these daily bloggers. Gratitude is a theme I’ve chosen for this little project of mine, and ‘dailybloggies’ is a tag I made up, on the request of Joss, who’s also taking part in this.

      I wouldn’t take it upon myself to make up daily ‘cues’/blogging subjects for others. I just write about what happens to be on top of my mind when I get up in the morning 🙂

      1. Thank you for the explanation. I think I misunderstood.
        I will do likewise. I had planned to have a gratitude theme this year.I believe I stated that in the last post of last year along with updates on neuroendocrine cancer.I will just tag mine accordingly.

  2. As Purpleborough said, it’s hard to keep yourself from following too many people here. I go through my list of followed blogs roughly once per month and clip off those who do not post anything for a month or more. Not fair I suppose but it works. I have around 60 blogs followed at this time. And that is too many really. The other day you pointed out in the new Calypso admin how you can delete followers. I went to work. So many, well more than 50% never came back.

    1. I don’t care about whether they don’t post, merely if I have any interaction at all with them. It felt great to remove all those ‘spam followers’! I’ve always found that so annoying — they’re just after clicks.

      1. If they don’t actively use their site then following them serves no purpose. Was so good to delete all these. Went from several hundred to less than 100. Yes, it was that ridiculous. I am not in it for the numbers obviously.

        1. No, me either … it’s just for the fun of it all. Also … I sometimes really like to go back in time and see what I’ve written. Found a post from August last year, that I’d totally forgotten that I wrote (!)

        1. I haven’t tried that Calypso admin. Can you delete followers? (people that are following your blog)
          Cleaning up the list of blogs that I follow sounds like a great idea. I think I’ll do that.

          1. Well, that’s the one you get to nowadays, unless you deliberately type in wp-admin. So … if you just go to wordpress.com/people, click on the blog you want … then you’ll see the tabs. It must be very new, it was never possible before.

      1. Hi, the Calypso admin in WordPress is the blue or gray (i am colorblind) with white. Not the traditional admin area we have used for so long. Change is not always a good thing.

  3. I am sure I am probably one of the people that gets erased. Some of my “friends” call me a lurker but then others say if you can’t add to the conversation with more than nice or I agree, then don’t bother because it clogs up the scroll through. So, as usual, social rules can be overwhelming. But that does not mean that I am not interested. That does not mean that I just “liked” something but didn’t really read it. It mostly means that I read what people have to say, I either hold it and mull over it and keep it close, or I just don’t read it anymore because it is hateful. And, sometimes I might have more than a few words and then I will reply. Just saying.

    1. Sometimes I read posts on subjects I don’t understand anything about [and perhaps not even interested in understanding]. They may be the nicest people and I want to return the courtesy of commenting, but it’s so far out [for me], so I don’t know what to say. Those are the times I usually hit like.

      The only followers I’ve ever erased are the ones I referred to as ‘spam-followers’, they who are trying to sell something or want you to click on some suspicious link. There are oodles of them.

  4. You can delete followers? I gotta figure that out. It’s bern too long since I’ve cleaned up the blog re how many people I follow but I would love to see my followers list and delete bots!

      1. This doesn’t work. This link will allow you to view your followers but you can’t delete them. You can only blacklist them which means that their replies will be marked as subject to moderation.

        WordPress used to have this feature of completely deleting followers, only earlier this year. But I guess they did away with it, and I can’t find it anymore. I know for a fact as I did delete a few followers, but now am unable to do so.

        This doesn’t sit well with me, as I want to have more control of the content. Was considering to host but now I’m on the fence of doing this on WordPress. Will be looking for the greener pastures.

        1. Hello and thanks for your comment. I read this, then I went in and deleted one. The only thing that will happen is that they stop receiving notifications about new posts from my blog. You can’t prevent them from seeing your blog …

          1. UPDATE: after doing some more research, I came up with the solution, and it even worked!! Yepper, tried and true!! Yes, you can remove your followers if you so chose. Beats me why WordPress forums still contain posts with the outdated information, including moderators who preach the inability to block followers.

            Here’s how. Go to wordpress.com/people/followers/ (your site name).wordpress.com, scroll down, find the name of the follower you want to see gone, and then click REMOVE to the right of their name, and bingo! Their name is gone from the list.

            I understand that this method might not be foolproof as some followers would be able to change their online identity, i.e. IP address, user name etc., but I am not concerned about this right now.

          2. I understand that I can’t prevent them from seeing my blog as it is not set up for private. However if they don’t receive notifications, this is more than enough. I’ve done this in the past; this is the 3rd follower that I removed, and so far I haven’t heard from either of them. Yay

  5. Rebekah,
    Wonderful to see you and some of my longtime bloggers posting daily again. I’ll be reading and comment but only posting when the whim hits me. Thanks for the info about deleting followers – where in the world some of them come from I will never know!
    All the best to you and a wonderful Happy New Year!

    1. Hey there … wonderful to see you too! It was you and I who were going to add one follower per day LOL! Good that we smartened up 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  6. I agree, I remember at 360 which was before smart phones sitting on the computer forever. While it was fun, let’s face it, you just can’t comment on 200 blogs in one sitting and read them thoroughly.

    1. No! I was overly enthusiastic as usual LOL! Didn’t take long before I realised it wouldn’t work. I don’t want to just hit like all the time, or say ‘nice blog’. It’s more fun when there’s some kind of interaction …

  7. I started blogging in November of 2006 and have found many new blogger friends. You are my new blogger friend. 🙂
    I really like blogs as they give you a glimpse into other people’s lives and you learn a lot by reading different blogs.

    1. Hi, my new Swedish-American blogger friend 🙂 Wow, you’ve been at it for ten years almost. I haven’t been too structured about it, and also … the two, first blogging platforms I used, shut down.

      I kind of like to write this way … not really limited to any particular subject.

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