This post is in response to Hugh’s challenge at Hugh’s Views and News.
For every blogger who takes up his challenge, Hugh will donate £5 (up to a maximum of £250) to the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal (see below for details).
The first thing to consider when culling your list is, do you actually want to lose touch with all that this blogger produces? Or are you just slimming down your email inbox? Some blogs cover a wide variety of topics, not all of which appeal to me… but they may still produce an occasional post that does.
I now receive alerting emails from a select few blogs whose posts I don’t want to miss. Instead, I check through my WordPress Reader each day and scan for articles that appeal to me; I’m assuming other blogging platforms offer something similar.
If you are on WordPress, you can limit what you receive from each blog by going to your Reader and clicking on the red ‘Manage’ box to the top left of the list. This will bring up all WordPress blogs you follow with an option to unfollow or to change settings.
For most of my followed blogs, I have all three notification options turned off. That blogger’s latest post will still appear on my Reader unless I unfollow it. Only blog posts I really don’t want to miss are set to ’email me’ when posted.
Reasons to Unfollow
Unfollows happen when…
- Posts come too often: the first blogger I ever unfollowed was a blogging guru who posted several times a day. Even as a newbie I’d soon caught up with anything he had to offer.
- Posts are only trying to sell me something, whether a course or service or a product. In addition – although it isn’t necessarily an ‘unfollow’ – I get annoyed by pop-ups that appear over the text I’m trying to read, especially when a means to get rid of them isn’t immediately obvious, and definitely when there is no way to get rid of them. Such adverts are counter-productive. If I register their product at all before closing them, it is only with irritation.
- Posts go on too long. Although I might make it down to the end if it’s a topic that interests me, I’m scanning after the first couple of paragraphs. Even a rant I agree with can only go on so long before repeating itself. The exception to this rule is a post that is actually teaching me something.
- Posts no longer interest me. This will be due to a change of blog theme or emphasis, rather than because a couple of posts have been boring. Everyone’s entitled to an off-day.
- Posts are abusive, sexist, racist, heavily biased or downright stupid. This hasn’t happened often, probably because it’s rare for such a blogger to produce a post I would have followed in the first place.
- Posts have ceased altogether, although it may take me a while to realise this. I don’t ‘Manage’ my list of followed blogs very often.
Hugh will donate £5 to the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal (Click here for full details of this) for each response to his challenge, up to a maximum of £250. If you have never unfollowed a blog, you can write a post outlining the reasons why you’ve never unfollowed any blogs.
Include a pingback to Hugh’s post at Hugh’s Views and News, or paste the url of your post into the comments of his post. You have until 31st May to post, but I suspect Hugh will have reached his target before then. If so, why not set up a challenge of your own? Or just donate…