Google+ YA Romantics: Book Blogger Confessions 2: To Follow or Not to Follow

Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions 2: To Follow or Not to Follow



I'm joining Book Blogger Confessions hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth Reviews and Midnyte Reader.

Here's the question:
How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Email? Are you more apt to follow people who have fewer followers? Would you follow a blog just to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow?
I follow a bunch of blogs on Google reader/GFC and try to scan through as many posts as I can in the morning. It's hard -- there are so many great blogs out there!

I follow other bloggers for a number of reasons. Because I love their posts or their writing style or their sense of humor. Because I met them at a conference. Because they posted something interesting.

I got a lot of help and encouragement when I started blogging, so if I think a new blog is great, I try to help out -- link them up, offer ARCs, leave comments, etc.

Contests and giveaways can be a great way to find new blogs. But before I follow, I try to look and see if the blog is of interest to me.  I try to keep my Google reader for blogs that I read regularly. But yes, once or twice I've probably followed just to get a contest entry!

I do unfollow blogs from time to time -- sorry!  A couple times a year I go through my reader. If a blogger hasn't been posting often, or if I scan through the posts and all the reviews are of books in genres I never read, I sometimes unsubscribe.

Tell me in comments: what makes you follow a blog? A contest? A specific post?  What might make you unfollow?

49 comments:

  1. I will follow blogs for contests and such, but I wanna support every blogger and I wish I could comment on every single person's and with so many out there it's not possible to do that, but the blogs that I really enjoy reading I usually follow by e-mail so, I never miss a post.

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

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    1. It's hard, right? Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. I think most of us just do the best we can!

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  2. I've definitely followed blogs just for the contest entry but I've tried to be better about that. Now I mostly only enter giveaways on blogs I already follow.

    I also unfollow-I had some blogs that hadn't been updated since 2011 and did not feel at all bad about unfollowing. I have also unfollowed after realizing that the blogger and I didn't share many interests in genre (in the beginning, I followed a lot of blogs that reviewed adult PNR and I don't really read that; now I try to stick to primarily YA blogs) and in the case of plagiarism.

    I also only use google reader-I tried a few with email subscriptions and found it annoying. It just doesn't work for me.

    Great topic!

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    1. I expect that most people weed out their readers from time to time. And if what I'm posting is of no interest, I certainly would not expect them to keep me around :)

      Ephrielle (who commented below) had a great idea in her post that Feedburner should let you bunch your subscription emails == like one daily email update on all the blogs you follow.

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  3. I'm cleaning my GFC blogs at the moment, because I went crazy in the beginning. I was new and exited, so yeah, I almost followed every one I came across with :p Now I'm sorting everything out. If there are giveaways, I try to follow them in other ways if it's possible.

    Great answer, interesting topic!

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    1. Clearing out my reader helped me a lot. I felt guilty at first, but I realized that there are a lot of defunct blogs. Or blogs that I followed not realizing that they weren't about books!

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  4. I recently went through and cleaned out my google reader, it was just becoming way too much to get up every morning and try to sort through a 100 posts. I was pretty ruthless, if I found that I was skimming through more than 50% of a blogs posts then they got the ax. But now I wake up with only 40 or so posts to browse each day and it feels so much BETTER. I think when I first started blogging I would follow anyone and everyone, now I am much more choosy.

    Most of the time I unfollow because the blog's choice of reading is much different than mine. Like a lot of blogs are heavy into urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and while I do like some of that, it's not my preferred choice. Those blogs got axed simply because I was deleting most of their reviews and posts due to the subject not being of interest to me.

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    1. Yep, I probably need to do another clear out this fall!

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  5. What a relevant topic. To be frank, many of the blogs I've followed have been to enter into a contest. But then, I actually start looking around to their blogs. If I love what I see, I'll subscribe by email right there. I don't usually look too hard at all the posts on my Google Reader. I like to get emails about all my favorite blogs!

    I may unfollow via email from time to time if the content is repetitive or of no interest to me. But I never really get around to unfollowing GFC blogs - what's the point? I would be disappointed if I had 600 followers one day and 598 the next. That's a blow to your ego. :)

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    1. I find that my follower count -- like my weight -- always fluctuates a little, so I try not to get stressed about it. "Try" being the operative word!

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    2. I agree - but you're an "established" blogger. You don't really have to worry about 2 people deciding to leave because there'll probably be another 3 more than interested tomorrow xD

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    3. RSS is weird -- my count goes up and down a little depending on the time of day and day of week and it seems like that's normal. So I try not to fixate on it.

      But getting followers -- the right kind, that is --isn't easy. We should propose that as a future topic: what works, what doesn't.

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  6. If you have a cool blog name or design I am much more inclined to follow someone. I unfollow bloggers every once in awhile, mostly for the same reasons you do. I did unfollow a blogger that wrote a post that was so breathtakingly ignorant that I simply cut all ties with their site. I don't even feel bad about that... mostly.

    I try to follow my blog followers back, but I probably fail at that too. ;)

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    1. Ooh, a design buff. I like a cool design, but I'm all about the content. That said, I am getting a redesign!!! So excited.

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    2. A redesign?!?!?!?! Hell yes, now I'm excited too! Can't wait to see the new YA Romantics! When is the unveiling? (:

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    3. Not until January. You'll have to be patient -- and I will too!

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  7. It seems at some point we have all followed a blog just for a contest. Don't feel bad about unfollowing a blog. I don't think when we decide to follow a blog it is a life long commitment. People change. And it wasn't like it was a contract signed in blood. I don't want to feel like my followers feel forced to follow. I want them to follow simply because they enjoy the content and want to get a heads up on any new posts.

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    1. I agree. I don't feel that bad. And I don't think they are notified, so it's not like they will feel personally rejected..

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  8. There are so many blogs out there its crazy. It is true a giveaway can bring me to a new blog, but what keeps me there is if they read genres I read and also if they are posting often. I love following by email since the posts show up right there for me everyday. I find that much easier to keep up with everything.

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    1. I should set up my email so all the blog subscriptions go into one box. That would be great for me..

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    2. I changed emails and switched all my subscriptions.That was a pain lol.

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  9. You offer ARCs to new bloggers? That's so nice of you! Sometimes I feel bad about unfollowing a blog especially if I followed them back after they followed me but I remind myself if they aren't maintaining their blog then they are most likely not caring/paying attention to their followers and follower count and they most likely not keeping updated on the blogs they follow.

    Sandy

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    1. Yes, I've just started doing that. When I started out, a "big" blogger gave me some of her overflow and it really helped me so much. So I am trying to pay it forward and do the same.

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  10. It is so difficult to follow and keep up with all the awesome blogs out there. Sometimes I'll have to divide up the blogs I follow throughout the week. If I feel a connection to a blog/blogger I'll follow. I'll unfollow if I feel I'm just not getting something from that blog.

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    1. I think a lot of people feel that way. I do feel guilty unfollowing, but I am so much happier to keep my reader for things I read daily.

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  11. I really got turned on to the idea of following book bloggers from some of my library pals, but really I found the blogs through some fan-fiction sites (my secret love). Giveaways are fabulous and I have definitely followed some bloggers based on their choice and ease of giveaways. A blogger who I feel I relate to and has a similar taste is one I will continue to return to, regardless of giveaways. I really started following to find out about awesome new books that might be passing me by!

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    1. Oooh -- fanfic? Interesting. I'll have to grill you about that by email.

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  12. Great reasons! I like to follow a blog when I've started to make a connection with the blogger. There are bloggers whose blogs I comment on and they comment on mine, or bloggers I chat with on Twitter. Once I feel like I'm getting to know that blogger, I'll for sure add them to my favourites list.

    Of course, I go through my list all the time ... sometimes there are blogs on there where posts rarely go up, or maybe I just don't feel the same connection with the blogger.

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    1. Seems like a lot of us feel that way. Though I follow some blogs just because I like the blogger's take on stuff --even if they never respond to comments and don't follow me on Twitter...

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  13. When I first started my blog I followed so many different blogs. Now I really have to go through and clean up my reader. Most of the time if it's a blog that I know I visit daily I will follow by email so I don't miss a post. Others that I visit regularly though maybe not everyday I have in my favorites in my google reader.

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    1. Cleaning up my reader is on my to-do list -- I have some new blogs to add, too!

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  14. I used to be such a good, dedicated commenter but yikes! I'm bad these days. I make it to most of my favorites every few days but I find the bulk of my blog visits originate from Twitter.
    I'm constantly seeing a link and can just head right on over.

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    1. That's okay. We chat on Twitter. Works for me!

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  15. I follow a lot of blogs in my google reader, but weirdly I don't think their posts always show up. I know somes don't all the time. I found a lot through giveaways, before I started blogging, but I am much more selective now. I want to make sure they are interested in the same type of books as me. And I have NOOO idea how to unfollow. LOL

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  16. LOL I don't really even know how to unfollow either. I only want to unfollow the blogs that have stopped posting or are deleted but I'm assuming if they delete their blog it will delete my follow? I have no idea. I follow practically everyone. If I enter a contest I think it is polite to follow. I follow my closer blogs by email or by my blog list on my on blog. That is the biggest way I follow. I'm on my own blog a lot so I scan my list and see what interesting posts are up and pop over.

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    1. I agree -- I have Google reader and then I see what's happening on Twitter and who's stopping by my blog and try to get around to as many blogs as I can...

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  17. I do feel guilty when I unfollow someone but a large google reader stresses me out. I just can't get to commenting on every post or every blog. I wish I could though.

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    1. I just saw your comment on Kate's blog and I am so excited for you! Lori is worth every penny... and the wait. I waited 3 months for mine and I am so happy with it. I can't wait to see it!

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    2. I know!!! I was so excited and then the three month wait :( But that will give me more time to figure out what I want.

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  18. I think I follow too many blogs. No, scratch that, I KNOW I follow too many blogs. I just can't keep up! But it's so hard for me to stop following a blog... But *sigh* I guess I need to do it. It's really keeping me far behind to have so many blogs to follow, since I want to comment on so many blogs every day and can't even keep up with my favorite blogs! Hmmm, I guess I might be doing some Fall cleaning pretty soon...

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    1. Well, there's a difference between following and reading, maybe. Not sure how anyone could really read hundreds of blogs every single day. I like the idea of making a folder in Google reader for "must-reads" and then reading a lot of other blogs as often as I can.

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  19. I follow if I am entertained, if I like the way the reviews are written & discussed & if they have regular giveaways. (It's all about me really!!) I am having a quirky day today.

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    1. It IS all about you. Seriously, I agree completely :)

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  20. I like questions like these! I do sometimes unsubscribe as well and it does make me feel slightly bad but I just have no reason following if the content you post has no interest. I love people writing random things about their day or funny pictures even if they don't have anything to do with books so I'll sometimes follow just for that!

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    1. I like funny blogs too. I just like a variety, I guess...

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  21. I'm going to admit that for the most part, my google reader is full of blogs that I've folloed for giveaways. If there is a blog I really like, I try to email follow so that I don't miss anything. I also prefer following with Networked Blogs because I'm always on facebook, so I find a lot of great reviews and articles on facebook.

    I guess I just don't have enough time to read through google reader daily.

    I feel like an awful person for admitting it..lol

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  22. I follow a blog if I like the blogger. Sometimes, if I'm on a giveaway spree, I will follow to enter.. But I rarely do that...

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  23. I totally thought I commented on this last week!!!!! But I don't see it... I follow pretty much everyone and don't unfollow unless they do something that is just in such bad taste that I have to (this has happened once and it wasn't plagerism... in those cases, I still read, but I don't comment or participate). For keeping track.... I have everything organized into folders and as long as "Blogger 1" is empty, I ignore the others.

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  24. There are blogs I follow regularly and some I visit once a week..just too many lovely blogs. If I follow multiple ways such as twitter, facebook and GFC you are more likely to get more comments from me. If we connect over books and build a friendship, then i follow daily. If you are on my blogs I stalk, i literally stalk you..hahaha. I don't really follow for prizes, unless I like the blog content. I like a lot of genres so the blogs I do follow are diverse. I will unfollow blogs that are negative. I do not mind honest reviews, but cannot tolerate author bashing. Great post!

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