Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and is hosted by For What It's Worth
Question: Following: How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Are you on an e-mail list? Are you more apt to follow people who have less followers? Would you follow a blog to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow a blog?
I follow blogs using Google Friend Connect. I love how GFC will show me which blogs I'm already following and will automatically sign me in when I go to comment. The blogs that I have to personally type in all my info (name, email, blog url) are blogs that I will probably not comment on. Too much effort. Same with blogs that use the captcha. If I have to guess at what that mess of letters is, I won't comment.
I also love how GFC and blogger have a giant scroll list of all the newest posts from the blogs I follow. I just have to scroll through, see which posts pop out at me and I will then go look at them. I like having all the blogs I follow in one list. I'm too lazy for anything else.
When it comes to following, I will follow all the blogs that follow me when I do the follow hops. Then when I come across blogs I like I will follow them. I don't seem to follow the bigger blogs nearly as much as I follow the newer ones with less followers. They are the ones that are still really excited about blogging and it shows. But since I'm almost at 3 years of blogging (the 25th of this month will be my blogaversary) and I've found abotu 15 blogs I like and that like my blog back and I tend to mostly pay attention to those ones. I do still comment on the other blogs I follow, I just don't go to their blogs nearly as much.
There has only been a few times that I have unfollowed a blog. Once when a blog had been hacked and was posting non-stop spam. Then a few times when the blogs switched from book blogs to other things, health blogs, political blogs, ect. I don't really unfollow blogs.