A blogger cull.
In order to make my blog reading more manageable I finally used Google Reader to divide the blogs I'm following up into groups of similar interest. For example: science fiction; fantasy; young adult; reading. However, before I started this task I was following 351 blogs. I am sure you will agree this was an unmanageable number. How can I possibly visit that number on a regular basis? The answer is of course, I can't. So, I spent several hours going through every one of those blogs to decide whether to stop following them. I used the following criteria to decide whom to cull:
- Does the blog no longer exist? (even if the blog has been removed you will still be following it).
- Has there been no post for more than two months and no explanation as to why (I was shocked by the number that came under this category.What has happened to these people?).
- Is their blog of no interest to me and they do not comment on mine? (This is the only time I used comments to decide to stop following someone. I follow a lot of bloggers who do not visit me in return. However, I enjoy reading theirs and will not stop just because they do not visit me).
Using the above criteria I cut the number down to 138. Once I had divided them into groups I added them all to my Star Bloggers list on the right side of my blog. I also resolved not to follow a blog if it is of little or no interest to me. I think it is easy for new bloggers to follow everyone in an attempt to gain followers back. During my early days of blogging I followed everyone. Two years on, I simply wish to give more time to the bloggers I have formed more meaningful friendships with. And a bonus of the blog cull is I have rediscovered some superb blogs.
How do you manage your blog reading? Do you have a number you try to visit each day or have a set day per week? Are you following too many? Have you ever considered a blog cull?
Now for E.J. Wesley's Bury the Hatchet Blogfest.
As some of you may know, Wesley's stunning Blood Fugue was published last week, and in celebration he is hosting a blogfest and competition. The blogfest is simple: post about something you'd like to bury the hatchet in. So, what annoys me to the point of wanting to bury a razor-sharp hatchet into it?
Con-artists who send you emails trying to gain your help with their dead relatives millions. I'm sure we've all had at least one email from someone with a foreign name, telling you a sob story, and begging you to help them give millions to charitable causes. Of course they would like to know some information about you first. Such as your full name, address, birth date, bank account number, and so on. The sad thing is that people fall for it. On a lighter note, I received an email from Colonel Gaddafi's accountant last week. I had to laugh.
Please pop over to Wesley's blog and congratulate him. Here's the lowdown on his book and competition:
What's BLOOD FUGUE about?
Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, Jenny must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it. Blood Fugue, by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the Moonsongs books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes.
BLOOD FUGUE is available now via Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and most other eBook retailers. Check out the author on Goodreads!