It used to be easy when I had few followers but with 200 followers and some in Spanish too, I can’t keep up, much as I would like to.
For me reading blog posts is as important as writing posts, if not more important. When I read a new post, I learn so much – about the person, about places, and about things- sometimes recipes, sometimes tips and sometimes inspirations. Many a time, the blog posts I read give me my writing practice for the day because when something in the post touches me, I have to write something.
For about two months’, I have been unable to keep up with my reader. Some of it is my fault – I wasn’t in the mood, traveling, then lack of interest in blogging itself – and some of it wasn’t – I was ill for a major part of October . So I lost track of my readers and my friends. ( Forgive me Donna, April, Samantha and others, whom I used to read regularly before I fell off ).
Now that I am back to blogging, I have no idea about how to read posts in my Reader any more. It seems I have just finished one and commenting when there are two more new ones. I find that I now have 200 + followers and it takes a long time to read each post.
Now I have taken to doing three things to decide which posts to read ( a priority list) :
- See the gravatars of those who have commented on my posts and then follow them to their blog ( like a dog) and read some of their recent posts- does this sound very self-centered ? Sometimes I have read every single one of their posts, they have ever written, during these ” sneaky follows”.
- I go to my blog roll and try to read the most current posts of my blog roll – for example : Adam; Ritu ; Debbie ; Danny and others.
- Then I actually do go to my Reader and read the posts that appear there- I am trying to make it a practice to read at least 5 in the morning and 5 at night.
What are some of your ideas ? How do you keep up with your Reader lists ?