I follow about 9-ish blogs. Most are other book bloggers, 2 are blogs written by parents about their children (no one I know IRL.)
For all of the blogs I follow and actually care about updates for, I subscribe to them via e-mail. Yes, that adds to the clutter in my inbox, of which I have a ton, even before I became a blogger myself! But I can be so scattered that I’ll forget if I’ve visited a favorite blog that day, and sometimes won’t have time to actually visit any of them. So e-mail subscriptions help me remember to check out the posts when I do have the time.
I know this is a crazy concept to certain friends who shall remain nameless. *snickers* But it works really well for me. I follow my favorites on Twitter as well, but there’s so many tweets during a given day I’m always missing stuff. I just went through and did a clear-out of the people I’m following that way this past week.
Anyone who posted 50-million tweets about whatever game they’re currently playing (IE:) “So-and-so just made 50 gold!” “So-and-So just leveled up!” got the boot. Anyone who I didn’t actually interact with, and whose Tweets no longer kept my attention got the boot. I try to keep my numbers manageable. So 100 or less, otherwise I miss too much stuff I might have actually wanted to read and comment about.
My favorite blogs don’t always have things in common. Some of them are blogs that I’m now friends with the blog owner. But they were favorites of mine before I actually started poking the owners and making friends with them. Not all of them have the best/most interesting design. But with all of them, I really liked the ‘voice’ that was used by the owner. The way he or she wrote their posts.
Some of them review books I am not the least bit interested in. But I love the discussions, or the tips and tricks, the insights I get about the blog owner.
And I got to thinking, how many blogs are you guys subscribed to? How are you subscribed to them? What makes you keep going back to those particular blogs? Why are they your favorites?