Maggie, aka From Cave Walls wants to know how much time we spend blogging and has posted these questions.
1. How many times per week do you post? Do you post multiple times a day? If so, how many?
I try to post on this blog every day or nearly every day. Sometimes I might post more than one time but usually only when I’m doing photo challenges where I don’t have to write much. On our doll blog I don’t post anywhere near as often. Once a week regularly and sometimes during the week. Those posts take a lot longer to create.
2. How many blogs do you follow?
I just counted 90 in my list.
3. Do you read all the blogs you follow every day? If not, how often do you read other blogs?
No. A lot of these people no longer post or haven’t posted in a long time. Of those who do post regularly I try to read several a day but if I read them all I’d have no time to write anything myself.
4. Do you seek out new blogs to follow? If so, how do you find them?
I don’t seek them out as I follow enough already but sometimes I find one I like and follow. Often those come from links provided by bloggers I already follow but occasionally I find them in the Reader.
5. Do you comment on the blogs you read? If not, why? Do you respond to all the comments left on your blog?
Most of the time I do comment on blogs I read, sometimes I may just leave a like if I don’t have something relevant to say. I try to respond to comments left for me too although sometimes it will just be “Thanks” or a like to a compliment.
6. Do you ever close comments on a blog you post? If so, why?
So far I don’t think I have ever done that. My spam goes straight to Askimet so I don’t see it unless I go and look. I probably should do it though so other people don’t have to look at spam.
7. Do you ever unfollow someone? If so, why?
Yes, but it is usually because the person is no longer blogging. I do a cull every now and then. I think I’m due to do one again. I usually wait a very long time before I give up on a blogger though. One person I did unfollow because I could no longer ignore his political and personal views on some subjects. Rather than take issue with them I just stopped reading his posts.
8. What content inspires you to follow a blogger?
Humour is a big part of what inspires me to follow someone. Interests in common, naturally I follow a lot of doll bloggers but I enjoy reading blogs that talk about everyday life and pets. I like reading travel blogs and photography blogs. However, if a blogger can make a subject interesting I may follow them anyway. I recently started to follow a blogger who writes a lot about working in the NHS in the UK. Not something I know a lot about but he writes very cleverly.
9. What content turns you off from following someone?
I don’t follow blogs that are primarily about promoting a business. I generally don’t follow lifestyle blogs. I don’t follow bloggers who have extreme political views. I don’t like bad language unless it is in context and I don’t like a lot of bad grammar and poor spelling although if the person is not writing in their own language I will make allowances for that. I admire people who are prepared to blog in a foreign language.
10. How important is it to you that you add a photo to every post?
It’s pretty important. A lot of my posts are photo posts anyway but I like to include at least one photo in every post even if I have to use one from a free photo website. I think that a photo breaks up the text a bit. I tend to write longish posts. I also like to have a featured image because the theme I use for my blogs looks better when I use one.
11. Leave me a link for one blogger (other than yourself) that you think I should check out.
I recently started to follow this blog after reading a post that randomly came up in my Reader. It was about cricket which I like and it was very funny so I read some more. I discovered that he also writes about the NHS and other subjects, usually with humour but he recently wrote a very thoughtful post about loneliness which I reblogged.
Ditto. I hate deleting a blogger from my list because sometimes, they come back. But I need to do a culling too. There are some that are not merely gone, but actually GONE.
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I have a feeling that one who hasn’t posted since he got married won’t be back but I hate to delete him so might wait a bit longer in case he comes back.
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I have one blogger who disappeared years ago, but her blog was so beautiful I have kept her in my follows on the rare chance she might come back some day. She was a rare gift. Thank you for responding and sharing the blog link. I will check it out.
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