Are You Letting Your Blog Get Out Of Control?

If you have been feeling uneasy for not having enough time to write or photograph, read new posts of your followers and leave comments there, then read the great advice from Hugh’s Views and News.

Hugh's Views & News

If I had children I would do all I could to make sure they never got out of control.  I do the same with my dog, Toby.  When he was a puppy I took him to training classes and, on the odd occasion when he does disobey me, I put what I learned at those classes into place to make sure he behaves.  Fortunately, I’m pleased to say that he behaves most of the time.

If we can do this with our children and pets, then shouldn’t we also do the same with our blogs?

Occasionally I hear other bloggers say they feel guilty because they do not have enough time in the day to read all the newly published posts of the blogs they follow.  This is also true of myself.  It’s impossible to read every single new post published by the bloggers I follow.  There is just not…

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50 thoughts on “Are You Letting Your Blog Get Out Of Control?

  1. I’m struggling now that I am getting busier this summer. It is hard to keep up when I have less free time. I just try to do what I can to keep it afloat.

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    • That’s exactly how we all might feel, and why this post resonated with me. We can’t make miracles here. It pays off to be more selective because the moment we start to struggle, blogging is not fun anymore.
      Thanks for commenting.

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  2. That is a great post, Lucille! I’ve found that it can be very difficult to follow and respond to so many, so I keep it to a small amount that follow/comment regularly. It is important to not put pressure on yourself when this is supposed to be fun 🙂

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    • I found it excellent too, Barbara. I’m trying to find a new balance as I was feeling too much pressure and not having time to be as active as I wished. I’m really becoming less active for all, but only for those I selected as the regular followers. I’m not done yet with my selection so this post from Hugh has been very helpful.
      Thanks for reading!

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  3. . . . I was going to read this, but instead I went to grab a snack . . .

    Yes, I kid. Over the last four years, I’ve become more selective even with people with whom I interact regularly (and expect no less from them). Meaning, if a post does not interest me, I don’t read it.

    Also, if I am involved in something that keeps me from giving the proper attention to blogs I follow, I let them know in one of my posts (September will be like that).

    The big thing is that I only have Group A. If I subscribe to a blog, I will read the posts. If I read the posts and if I like it, I let them know with either a “like” or a comment (your blog does not have “like” switched on).

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    • hahaha I do that too sometimes.
      I am a one-year old blogger and after passing the initial phase of following all sort of courses and learning (sometimes having to unlearn) what is all about blogging, I am becoming much more selective too. It is perhaps not enough yet as I still see myself too busy sometimes and concerned for not having time to read other blogs.
      This is the a strong signal that I need to be even more selective. I don’t subscribe to blogs to never show up there but if I keep reading A, B, C and D with the same attention, I won’t ever be able to read the ones I like and deserve my attention as well as the ones who are actively connecting with me.
      Yes, I removed the like button because of ghosts followers. It is a long story…but so far so good. I don’t miss it.

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      • That was my reaction as well when I started getting “likes” from people who basically just wanted me to go look at their site (I do long posts, and an obvious way to tell is when I get a “like” within seconds of me posting something – no way they could have read it all).

        The comment section in my “about” has a discussion with some of my followers regarding the “like”.

        I now have it back on, and the rule is I ignore anyone who does not leave a comment, but recognize when one of my regulars has stopped by even though they had nothing to say.

        By the way, if you’ve ever clicked on “like” on other blogs, I submit to you that yours should be on as well. If you still think you don’t want it, then try not using it when you go to a friend’s blog and see how that makes you feel.

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        • Thats is exactly what was happening to my blog. One day I posted and had a link to Desley’s blog. She got the pingback but the post had an error and it was empty. She told me immediately. However I noticed that I got several likes within seconds. That was the trigger.
          I posted about that and it generated a whole discussion with people against the removal and others in favor.
          The argument being that there read and like but may not have time to comment. I said that I really don’t mind if they just read a post and leave no comment.
          I got your point and totally agree with you. I already had this sort of reciprocity principle. There was a blogger who never made a comment but liked my posts daily. I read her blog too and left comments whenever I felt like. After I removed the like button she stopped following me. Funny, isn’t it? I guess she is the type who follows to lure you to her blog and tries to keep you ‘warm” with likes. Although I read her blog because I liked it, I think I didn’t need a follower like that.
          After I removed the like button I became even more careful about the like button. If I use, where the bloggers like to have it, I make a comment too.
          It is better not to use though, as I don’t want to look hypocritical.
          I removed it in June, so I am still on trial period. Let’s see how it develops.
          What made you bring it back?
          PS> I will read the comments on your about page.

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        • My wife made the argument that I am essentially punishing my followers to spite people who won’t really care if there is a “like” or not.

          Hence my policy of ignoring “likes” unless people regularly engage.

          By the way, I had also switched off comments for the same reason.

          Also, the whole issue of followers . . . I have something like 900 (I’ve not checked recently) but my active readers (people who actually come to the blog as opposed to using the reader) average between 25 and 35 per post, and 10-15 on days I don’t post anything. The number of views is substantially higher (double and sometimes triple) but they don’t mean much to me because it means they used the reader and I limit how much they can see on the reader; viewers barely get two sentences and maybe one photo.

          When I follow someone I usually let them know they don’t have to reciprocate, and that in fact I rather they don’t unless they are really interested in what I post.

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          • She is not far from their truth. I guess that is how the ones who truly follow and read you might feel. I sensed that from the ones who didn’t like my decision although the always comment and connect actively.
            I told them that the like button is there on the reader but they didn’t listen to me.
            Your observations about followers are spot on.
            I noticed the same. I have more followers in numbers than real visitors and commenters. The more I post and comment, more reciprocity. It is a give and take game.
            I don’t check stats since months ago.
            It gives me freedom.

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  4. I read this blog and it a good one. Ijust need to take the time to clear my blogs.
    As to dog training. There aretwo kinds home and show obedience. All our dogs were obedience trained. Kato our catvis not but he would be easy to train if I felt it was important.
    🐝 Have stress free day!🌞

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  5. Thanks for reposting this…I’ve been struggling with time, of course, and also with the idea of “unfollowing”someone. I still have blogs showing in my reader that I no longer read, but I’ve been reluctant to cancel them. I feel resolved and will clean up my blogging act!
    I also often feel shy or wordless, so I usually read your posts, enjoy them, look for the like button, remember that you don’t have one, then go back to the reader to click it. Perhaps I should just comment “I liked this!” (I have noticed blogging is more fun when I manage to actually write a comment, though 🙂 )

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  6. This came at such a perfect time, Lucile. I have been out of town for the past week and came home to my Inbox packed with a few hundred posts…..but they are a week old. There is no way I can possibly read them all; I’ve not posted anything in what seems like forever. So I’m deleting them all (please note: I read yours, though!) and starting fresh. I doubt I was missed, but you feel like such a heel for not putting anything out there. This was a good read and makes me wonder, from the comments here, that there are so many like minded bloggers out there. We just needed a spokesperson.

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    • That is how I felt when I came back from vacations. I will never again schedule posts. They generate comments and I make a point answer to all of them. Fair. But is takes a awful amount of time.
      I didn’t go back to reading posts though. That would be impossible. Don’t worry about reading mine either. Please! Carry on fresh, you’re doing the right thing.
      And of course you were missed! ❤

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  7. I regularly cull my Reader but I don’t unfollow bloggers just because they don’t interact with me. I unfollow if I don’t like what they publish. I’m more concerned with having posts I don’t like pop up on my Reader. And I have a deep appreciation for good posts even if their authors don’t follow me back or never interact with me. I guess I don’t follow blogs for the community although I love interacting with my followers (who doesn’t?). But that’s not the imperative for following blogs. Good reblog, thanks. It made me reflect on how I manage my blogging community.

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    • I agree with The Babe: I don’t unfollow people because they don’t interact, but because they publish shit. For many blogs I follow the same method that I use when watching TV-series: “binge visits / binge watching”.

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      • Oh me too I definitely binge-read when I come across a new blog I like. I even read old posts of great bloggers when they haven’t posted in a while and I miss their art. I’m also guilty of binge-watching tv series. Especially when I feel low. I watch as many episodes as there are available…

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        • I’ve been binge watching Mr Robot the last week. It’s only 9 episodes so far, so it was a tiny binge.

          One time I sat down with a bottle of wine, drank it and looked through a photographers blog from the beginning to end.

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  8. Thanks for reblogging this. I followed Hugh, but I fear I may become one of his D’s, or C’s. I’m sure I’m becoming a D on many people’s blogs. Time…where does it go? Not all of us can be a Lucile and do everything, you know. Just so you know…you are one of my A’s. At some point, I’m going to have to figure how to use the Reader effectively…it seems so worthless, nothing where you can find it…just the last post of one of my D’s, one D after another D. And no way to find the A’s and B’s. So fine…emails it is.

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  9. Thanks for posting this Lucile. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, and in the beginning, spent too much time on reading, following and posting. I’ve since realised that, and was recently debating on what to do next. I followed most of the blogs that I do, because they appealed to me, but often do not find enough time to actually read them. Yours is one that I do look forward to, and make an effort to read.

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  10. Yes its True.
    What Mr. Hugh says is to be tested on our Pets and Children, cause they are the one who disobey most.
    That also tests our patience and capacity .
    Lucile,
    I have done two of my latest posts on Photography and Poetry.
    Could you tell me if I could take part in the photo challenge.
    Do read and Comment if there is any Poet in Me.
    Lots of Love and Nice week end.
    Shiva

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    • Thanks for visiting, Shiva!
      Hugh’s post has triggered a lot of interesting discussions here!
      I’ll check your post on photography and poetry! I cannot promise to join another challenge because I stopped a few ones for lack of time, but I’ll check yours out! Good luck with it.
      Love back at you and enjoy a lovely weekend!
      Lucile

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