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Blogging Tip: When to Follow/(Un)follow?

Hello Bloggers!

Recently, one of my blogging friends reached out to me and asked about the rules of following. Should we follow every blogger we come into contact with? Should we follow any blogger who follows us? Do we unfollow bloggers after a time?

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First off, let me just state: there are no official rules. For the most part, this is based on your individual preference as a blogger.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me get down to what I believe about following.

If Someone Follows My Blog:

  • I will click on theirs and look around. I’ll probably even read a post or two.
  • Now, just because they followed my blog does not mean that I will follow theirs back. I will only follow a blog back if I like the content (for instance, I probably will not follow back a traveling blog while I will follow back fellow authors). So, I already have a limited amount of people who I follow.
    • There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. For instance, I follow a couple of travel blogs and make-up blogs, not necessarily for the content, but because I enjoy the blogger’s writing style.
  • In my opinion, you should not follow someone just so heighten your follower count or theirs. I prefer bloggers to follow my blog only if they are genuinely interested in what I have to say.

When to Unfollow a Blog:

  • I never unfollow anyone (even if I haven’t commented on their posts for awhile) unless they post something that I find repulsive or antagonistic.
  • For instance, if a blogger I choose to follow is a fellow author and all the sudden their whole blog turns aggressively political, I will probably unfollow because I don’t want that on my feed. Otherwise, I don’t really unfollow anyone.

What do you think? Are your “rules” different from mine?

Let me know in the comments!

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42 thoughts on “Blogging Tip: When to Follow/(Un)follow?”

  1. Here is my take – 1) I don’t follow if the content is a slam against religion or politics 2) I don’t follow if the content is in a foreign language and there is no translator available 3) I don’t follow if the language is repulsive 4) I don’t follow if the content is full of misspelled words and the grammar is poor. I follow those that write poetry, hold events (very few), post stunning photos and include narrative.

    Currently, I am following 481 sites and I have my own rules – I routinely scan my managed sites. Some of those I follow, I change the settings to not receive an email when they post. If a blogger participates in my weekly event, I follow them. If a blogger hasn’t posted in 15 days or more, I unfollow them. I make exceptions for my regulars because stuff happens. And so it goes.

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    1. Eugenia, I love your take on this because like someone else said, there is no rulebook to blogging. It’s all what works best for the individual. How do you keep track of bloggers posting?

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      1. I go into the Reader, Followed Sites, Manage. The second heading is the # of sites you are following. Then all of those are sites are listed including the url, and # of days they last posted. It’s a great feature for keeping a current tab of those you follow.

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  2. Nice post, KaylaAnn. I agree on all of the reasons for following and unfollowing others. I kind of follow the same rules too.

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      1. I’m hoping to update this one short story soon. I just need to straighten out the logic in the story and write the last section or two, edit it and then update it. I’ve missed you too! I just posted this a few moments ago. missmwriter.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/blog-update/ and if a repost counts then I did this one recently too, missmwriter.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/when-winter-ends/.

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  3. I primarily follow people whose writing I enjoy, writers who participate in my weekly challenge and blogs which are rich with interesting information or cover topics you normally won’t find. If they haven’t posted in the last 6 months, I tend to unfollow.

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