Talk To Me
is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link it in the comments.
Let’s start the weekend off with a discussion! Today’s topic is about how many people you can realistically follow and the time you decide that you want to follow them and where. When I look at other people’s twitter profiles and see they’re following thousands of people, I often find myself wondering how many people they ACTUALLY follow (as in: read their blog posts and maybe interact in some way). I’m pretty sure no one’s able to actually keep up with a twitter or bloglovin’ feed that encompasses 2000 people, but I do wonder: how many people can you actually, realistically follow closely?
I don’t follow a lot of people, but that is mostly because I’ve only been blogging for a few months, and I’m also a bit lazy, so I don’t go out looking for new blogs every day. From time to time, I get an urge to read more and different things and try to make a conscious effort to check out other people’s blogs, but mostly I tend to stick to what I know. The thing is, when I do follow blogs, I usually follow them very closely. I do have times during which I’m busy and can’t keep up with every single post, but I tend to check back pretty frequently. Right now, I definitely still have capacity to follow more blogs, but I think at some point I couldn’t realistically keep up anymore if I followed too many people. Now other people might handle this differently and follow everyone who follows them and/or follow a lot of people but only read certain posts that catch their interest right away instead of reading every post.
I think sometimes I’m hesitant to follow people because I think what if I don’t like their stuff enough and have to unfollow them again? Technically that’s not an issue, but it always makes me feel bad to click that unfollow button. And then it’s a matter of where to follow as well. Occasionally, I don’t want to follow someone on twitter because they tweet about a lot of things that aren’t relevant to my interests, but I do love their blog posts, so I just bookmark their blog and check back periodically. I also follow people on bloglovin’ for the gesture, and I even use it from time to time, but I’m not a very reliable follower on there because I have some serious issues with the site.
One of my most significant problems is that it’s not always easy to find blogs that are exactly what you want to read. And that’s not because they don’t exist – it’s usually because so many of them exist. Blogs are a dime a dozen and most don’t turn up on page 1 of Google’s search results. If a blogger I like has a list of their favorite bloggers, I like to stalk that, but even then I don’t follow everyone immediately. In advertisement, you have the effective frequency theory that deals with how many times people have to see something before they buy it. I think unless it’s really helpful or relevant to them in some way, most people don’t subscribe to a blog the first time they come across it. However, if they stumble upon a blog several times and recognize that they’ve been there before (by virtue of the banner or some other prominent feature), they might actually hit that subscribe button.
I’m interested in what you have to say about this! Do you follow a small number of blogs closely or do you follow a lot of blogs, and if so how do you manage it? When do you decide to hit that subscribe button?