Back when everyone panicked that Google Reader was going away, there were so many blog posts about how people were going to read their long list of beloved blogs. Bloglovin.com seemed to be everyone's go to choice.
I didn't use Google Reader as I always read my blogs with Google Friend Connect since they all show up on my dashboard. I didn't know if I really believed the hype on Bloglovin' or not. I tried it and didn't find it to be the answers to all of my prayers. Not even close. In fact, I think the site stinks. It is not clean and user-friendly enough for me. I used it long enough to claim my blog and move over about 20 or so blogs. I hated it and figured my reliable GFC was going to be just fine.
And it has been until this weekend when the Java kept messing up and I could only see the most recent post. (Not everyone's most recent--that's how it's supposed to be. I mean literally the last blogger to post is the one and only one that was showing up.)
Well that wasn't going to work. So I decided to give Bloglovin' another shot and nope. With the 4th time the site crashed as I was trying to access it, I said a few choice words and went in search of something better.
I came across feedly. It's a slick little app that allows you to browse by topic (and will pull up anything relevant) or to add your own blogs and sites you want to read. As I was adding blogs to feedly, I noticed something. According to GFC, I follow 207 blogs. I think perhaps 2 dozen of those are actually active. There are some that are active that just don't interest me anymore (one of the most popular blogs I followed when I first started blogging is one I no longer read because it is SO negative--bonus point for you if you can guess which one it is).
I'm sure people follow this blog and pass on by when it shows up in their feeds. Tastes change, time goes on. I don't feel the need to impress anyone. I have had people email me and tell me what a jerk I am when I tell it how it is on the blog and my first question is always "Why are you reading my blog if you don't like it?!" That just makes no sense to me.
So this long winded post has a point (who knew? )...if you follow blogs just to follow them, you probably aren't getting what you really need or want from that blogger. Read what you can connect with and helps give you hope for what you want to do and where you want to go. Don't just be a follower. I know I will no longer be.