Letting Life Lead
I’ve been playing catch up over here in the house due to some minor annoying issues and I had no idea what to write about. Tomorrow is going to likely be another post lite day. I commented on a post at Harsh Reality and decided, “Hey, that’s a great post to follow up to my Ten Things I Learned About Attracting Blog Readers and to schedule for a bright and early 6:00AM when I’m still asleep!”
My number of followers has reached around 350 mainly confined to WordPress and Twitter. I follow almost everyone who follows me on WordPress and plus several more that don’t follow me. So, you might wonder, How Do You Read All Those Blogs?
I don’t. That would be impossible and right now I’m not even making any income from blogging and I do have other duties to attend to!
I click like and follow quite generously, but I don’t end there. I guess maybe a lot of people do just click and move on. I don’t know how any one else manages their reader. Most (not all) of those I follow follow me. I can’t possibly read everything so I kind of fell into a pattern of filtering.
I do have two useful skills that some people don’t have in their arsenal:
1. I can speed read
2. I can type very fast (in my heyday I could do a solid 85wpm)
I begin by opening my WordPress reader and I scan my feed and scroll through reading headlines and looking at pictures. If something someone has done can be read directly from the reader or catches my eye I will “like it” because…well…I do like it. Not necessarily enough to comment on it or share it. It might be a poem I thought was nice, a beautiful photo, or a short blurb.
If something looks particularly interesting or is from a name of a follower that I recognize as visiting me and commenting pretty often I will right click and open it in a new tab to read after I finish scanning my feed. I usually I stop at a dozen tabs and read them through. After I am done reading, I like them and I will generally make a comment or tweet/pin/share depending on the subject. Even if I don’t comment, I will almost always share the piece in some way. A recipe that interests me I will pin, I will tweet helpful guides or poems, and I will Facebook share videos, photos, or memes.
I do this process periodically, not all at once in one sitting. Some days I will search my reader by subject instead like “cooking” or “crafts” or “writing” – to see what’s going on specifically with my followers pages first and I do the same: scan for likes, open in new tabs for more thorough inspection, comment/share. If in the scanning I find new blogs that I like I will follow. I am experimenting with the WordPress “lists” feature, but it is not a drag and drop system so it is a bit annoying to have to open two windows so I can copy and paste addresses to the list. However, this is allowing me to sort my favorite blogs by subject so I can read them first (selective lists that I plan on keeping pretty short).
I also use this process to drop any blogs that might be just for advertising or (once in a blue moon) a blog I find objectionable.
How do you manage your reader?
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