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

Hello Bloggers!

A little while ago, 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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27 thoughts on “Blogging Tip: When to Follow/(Un)follow?”

  1. I follow if there are common interests. I unfollow if the content is geared to political and religious views and there is consistent use of profanity.

    I unfollow if the blogger has not posted in 15 days unless I know there is a reason.

    I follow and unfollow several times because I enjoy so many and this is my way to keep from being overwhelmed. With that said, I have regulars, which I always follow. Most of them are blogs where I respond to their weekly challenges and they respond to mine, as well.

    Then, I write for Go Dog Go Cafe, which is time-consuming and I get a ton of emails but I love it and will never give it up.

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    1. Eugenia! What a breath of fresh air it is to speak to you. Goodness, you wrote this email over a month ago, I am so sorry for my tardiness.

      Again, you share your wisdom. I cannot imagine how many emails you get because of your Go Dog Go Cafe, but I know you run it so well!

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  2. I think many people struggle with unfollowing because they never think about it when they hit the follow button. It needs to be an educated and sure decision when you press Follow. It makes your life much easier.

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