In an effort to write more discussion posts, I am participating in the 2015 Discussion Challenge hosted by It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This will actually be my only true challenge this year, as the others were all things I do anyway. This one will push me outside of my usual habits.
I’ve been wanting to discuss followers. Currently I am following 37 blogs. Some I also follow on Twitter. That’s it. No Pinterest, Facebook, or StumbleUpon for me. I don’t need to see the same idea in six different places. So how do I personally decide whether or not to follow a blog? Some things are cut and dried, others are more ambiguous.
Can I actually read it? I mean visually. I recently visited a blog that had a small, darkish green, scrolly font on a black background. I enlarged it to read and it was interesting, but I won’t go back because it was too difficult to read even enlarged.
Does the blogger write more than just reviews? I only follow one blog that is just reviews, because often it introduces me to books I haven’t heard about, but that’s it. I want to know more about the blogger personally, or have something to relate to from a meme or discussion post.
The same goes for blogs that are all memes. While they are more fun to read than reviews, it tells me the blogger has difficulty with original ideas.
Does the blogger read some books that are similar to my taste? I visit a lot of blogs through memes and with many I have no reading tastes in common. I will still visit them and comment for the meme, but they aren’t ones I’ll follow. Sometimes for a giveaway or meme one is required to follow the host. I’m not a fan of that.
Now, why don’t I use more social media than Twitter and my blog? Easy, I don’t want people from my book world in my FB or Pinterest world. I know I could set up separate accounts, but why? It’s a lot of work to provide interesting, different content on all these platforms. I’m not looking for more followers or page hits, since I’m not about making money or beating out other blogs for more followers. I get enough ARCs with my current traffic. I know there are bloggers who follow every blog they visit more than a couple of times, and that boost is always appreciated, but I just couldn’t keep up with my feed and which blogs I actually wanted to read and those that I only followed to be nice.
Do you follow every blog you visit? Do you follow the same person on different social media sites?
This post is part of the 2015 Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight.