I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I believe in following back. Basically, if someone follows my blog and they have a book blog, I follow them back. I figure I won’t know if I really like their blog unless I give it a chance. Plus, I really like to support new bloggers, and lots of new followers are newer bloggers who are looking for ideas, support and relationships in the blogging community. I remember when I was a new blogger and each new follower was such a big deal – it’s something that I can do to support them.
BUT the one problem with this philosophy is that my Bloglovin’ account is a big disorganized mess and I finally decided that it was time for an overhaul. Bloglovin’ has lots of organizational features that I’ve been tempted to use, but the task of doing it just felt so overwhelming – I just couldn’t do it. Until this week. I don’t know why exactly, but I decided to tackle my Bloglovin’ feed!
The first step was to pare down on the blogs that I follow. Bloglovin’ said I followed over 1900 blogs!! Unfollowing was a big deal to me because it goes so against my personal philosophy, but when I really started to look through the blogs that I follow, I found that tons of them are completely defunct now. It truly amazes me the sheer number of bloggers who’ve come and gone in the three years I’ve been blogging! I was sad to see that the blogger at The Reading Obsession was no longer obsessed, the creator of The Reading Slump has been in a very long slump, the person behind The Procrastinator’s Corner has been procrastinating for years now, and The Book Hooker … apparently no longer hooking people on books (we all might be better off with that one!). There was part of me that wanted to just leave these since they’re not really clogging up my actual feed, but organizing the blogs I care about seemed like an impossible task with so many blogs that weren’t even in existence anymore!
So, I decided to just delete any blog that hasn’t had any new posts for at least the last three months. There were LOTS of them. Some bloggers suddenly mystappeared without a trace and some put up goodbye posts (I have to admit that I got a little sidetracked reading some of those – I don’t know why, but it fascinated me to read what was going on in people’s lives that made them decide to quit blogging), and some bloggers said that they were going on a “hiatus” two years ago and haven’t been seen since.
Next, I deleted:
Any blog that was not actually a book blog. Some blogs have the word “book” right in the title, but I swear there wasn’t a book in sight!
Blogs that aren’t in English. How on earth have I not already seen these in my feed and deleted them? I mean, I know I’ve been anti-unfollowing and all, but that was a bit ridiculous.
The last types of blogs I deleted were a little harder to decide on – blogs that featured content I’m honestly just not all that interested in. For instance:
Blogs that pretty much only post cover reveals and blitzes – I don’t have anything against those types of posts (I even post one every once in awhile myself), but I don’t typically read them unless something specific catches my eye about them, so if that’s the only thing on the blog, why am I following?
Blogs by authors who write in genres I’m not interested in
Blogs with only Waiting on Wednesday, Teaser Tuesday or (oddly) Feature and Follow Friday posts. (Really?? Why do you want people to follow your blog if you only post requests for more followers? I don’t get it!).
After all that, I got myself down to about 1100 blogs. I had deleted 800!! But, that number still seemed way high when I went to my blog list. That’s when I realized that Bloglovin’ was counting people in my count – AND that it was making me follow the person along with the blog every time I followed a new blog? Why? Now all those blogs I had just deleted were gone, but the people attached to them were still hanging out in my list. I don’t know why this bugged me so much, but it did. It took away from my feeling of organization! So, I went to deleting. Deleting people is faster – I’m not through my whole list yet, but my following list is now down to 866.
After I finish deleting people, my next step will be to put blogs in folders (UPDATE: Since lots of people had questions about this, I created a new post about creating folders, which you can find HERE) – I’ll create a Favorites List and I already have an Authors list (that I put authors into when I saw them). I’m trying to decide how else to organize them. Any ideas? I’d really love to know how you organize your Bloglovin’ accounts and what features you use. I use Bloglovin’ now, but it’s really inefficient and I’d like to streamline it if I can.