I have been thinking about this for the past few days and decided to write something to share with the rest of you.
We all know that there is nothing nicer than to get a “Like” from one of the many bloggers that take the time to at least do a quick check of our blogs. Just as we all do with all of the blogs that arrive in our inbox every day. I recognize most of them but occasionally, a new name pops up requiring additional time in checking them out to see if they are of interest to me.
I have been blogging since 2011 and it took me a while to figure out the system, probably 3 years at least. I have posted over 600 blogs mostly about the great outdoors or things closely related. These are things I enjoy and like to share both my pictures and experiences with the rest of you. For a long time, I couldn’t understand how anybody could get 50, 100, 500 and even thousands of followers and “Likes” until I realized that other readers are only going to “Like” you as long as you “Like” them in return.
So, like many of you, I spend 2-3 hours every day going through my e-mails and checking out all of the blogs that many of you have put up. I do not have time to read them all so I list all of the “Unread” emails and then sort them using “From”and then I usually click on the “Like” button for each one. When the page opens, I do a quick scan to see if I really want to read the article. If at first glance it appears interesting then I spend the time in reading and commenting. If not, I quickly move on to the next one, all this after having pushed the “Like” button on the first one posted. Any other posts by the same person are ignored after opening them.
Now I am quite sure that many of you are doing the same thing, that is if you are having to check 200 plus e-mails every day and pushing the “Like” button more than 200 times in the vain hope that in return, others are doing the same thing. Sort of patting each other on the back.
The problem that I have is that many of you either have too much time on your hands or nothing better to do or, heaven forbid, think that your readers cannot do without hearing from you and are posting more than once a day, sometimes several times a day. Quite honestly, I do not read anything from anybody after the first posting of the day. After that, I just click to open the message without a “Like” and then quickly move on. I try to post 3 times a week but am satisfied if it is only 2 times. I realize that my blogs are usually after a hike or a pond event and occasionally a poem or words of wisdom (like this one) and therefore require time and physical effort before posting but for those of you out there, many of whom are my blogger “friends” I am appealing to you all to lower your output just a little and try to keep your blogs to one a day. I am quite sure that I am not alone in feeling this way and that many of you do exactly the same as I do on a daily basis.
The alternative for me is that I end up having to unsubscribe in order to control the amount of stuff coming into my mail box and in many cases, I don’t really want to do that because I find the blogs interesting and want to read them.
Sorry for the rant but I have been thinking about this for a while before deciding to blog about it. In no way am I trying to offend anybody, just making a point. And of course, you may not even read this if like me, you just push the “Like” button.
See you all tomorrow….