I do follow quite a few sites. At one time, it was over 100, but it is now down to just 86. So why did I decide to drop over 14 sites from my followed list? The answer is simple. They just stopped posting.
I sit and wonder what their reasons are. Lack of ideas, disillusioned with blogging, or just don’t have the time? Maybe they just didn’t get much from it, or it was not what they expected. Who knows? The world of blogging is a strange world to inhabit. Some people are ‘chasing’ followers, others selling books, or Internet services. Over the years, you learn to tell the difference, and to be choosy with the blogs that you follow.
But even applying some rules and experience, it is not an exact science. Blogs just vanish overnight, with not a word, or a reason why. Is it only me, or do you also think that they owe their devoted followers just a small word of explanation? Just one line, explaining why they have stopped blogging, or why they are having a (very long) break.
So this evening, I un-followed some blogs. Those that had not posted anything for over a year, and some who didn’t even bother to acknowledge my last comment. I am genuinely sorry to see them go. After all, if they did not have merit, I would not have followed them in the first place. Maybe they expected too much. Perhaps their book sales did not happen, or their return followers were not to their liking.
New bloggers, a word of advice. If you follow a blog, do your best to follow it. That involves commenting on posts, or at least leaving an occasional like. Then when you get followers, treat them with a little respect. They take their time to read, follow, like, and comment on your blogs. If you decide to stop blogging, which is of course your right, at least have the decency to tell them.