Double Question Time
Do You Feel Guilty … if you don’t read a certain amount of blogs per day?
One of the biggest problems l have and l am not alone in this feeling is trying to reach a certain balance between writing my own posts and reading, commenting and liking other blogs. It’s a huge issue that we all talk about on a faitly regular basis. We don’t wish to come across as overly selfish, but we don’t wish to deprive ourselves of the ability to express ourselves through our own blog as well as live our lives.
In many respects it’s not an issue perhaps for bloggers who write occasionally and therefore spend more time reading other blogger’s works. But what of the prolific writers and yes l am one, but l know in my own readership of at least 20 that are prolific writers and posters alike.
I do feel guilty on a fairly regular basis that l cannot seemingly get around more blogs per day than my current number – which is between 3 – 5. As in deliberately going to blogger’s and specifically reading a certain amount of posts from the day itself to the previous 6, sometimes 7 pending the post size. I have a set order in which l travel to these blogs. Of course this is not saying l don’t read other posts during the day, l do, but l always strive to achieve my target of 3 Blogs and 6 posts each per day as standard.
In all on a good day l can achieve an average of visiting 4 blogs and reading a total of perhaps 20 assorted posts and of those sharing/reblogging perhaps 40%. That’s what l can do, and whilst it may come across as not very good at all on my behalf l am at least being honest with regards my limits of achieveability, l then try to counter balance things by encouraging interaction through my games, as well as doing my call outs in the morning. At times, the sense of guilt is quite overwhelming. But it’s the best l can do at this present time.
Yesterday whilst reading and answering the comments on How Often Do You – the question in the series for the day, l was in discussion with Fandango who had provided an absolutely superb answer for the question and one that is and was very specific to the reason behind this series in the first place being created. We were at that point discussing ‘post length, and he has written an excellent post on it titled TLNR – so please do check that out as well. On his post in the comments there is a mini discussion between himself and Marilyn Armstrong of Serendipity and she writes on post length …
“It’s not because longer is hard to read. It’s because we all have so MANY posts to read, a lot of the time I don’t read something longer because I just don’t have the time. I do my best, but between writing and photography — and having a life — I really don’t have any spare time at all.”
Quite significant a response l feel, it’s all about Time, and how many posts can you actually effectively read in any given day, and still have time to enjoy your own writing, your hobbies and your life?
So we come back to the first question itself … Do You Feel Guilty … if you don’t read a certain amount of blogs per day? Do you have a target of what you would like to read per day in addition to your own writing and commitments? How do you pace yourself in so far as the balancing act?
Now the second question of today is this ... Do you like a blog post without actually reading the content, if so why?
Sometimes in my notifications l see bloggers who have liked anything between 7 – 15 posts at once – they haven’t read them, they have simply liked them, l am sure you have all seen this and experienced it. But why is this done? I cannot simply like a post if l haven’t read it – it seems wrong. I know Ursula of An Upturned Soul wrote about this at one point in the last couple of weeks about how it off balanced her statistics, and of course there is that, but my main question is why it is done? Is it a way of simply displaying support for the blog, or is it as Marilyn pointed out above down to a complete and utter lack of time available in reading the sheer quantity of posts available to you from your own readership?
Let me know your thoughts below – thanks