Hello friends and fellow bloggers,
One of my goals this year is to use computer time more efficiently and effectively. Saving time in one area will help me spend more time in bible study, and general reading. One of the things I've decided, is to reduce the number of blogs I follow, and also the number of blogs I comment on. I've been subscribed to literally hundreds of blogs at any given time. In addition, I participate in many weekly memes.
I've made it a practice to read most of the new posts on these blogs and memes. If I take time to read a post, I also take time to leave a comment. I've been doing this for years. As you can imagine, it takes a good chunk of time from my week but I do love to read and learn from others, and share a bit of myself.
I have no problem in doing this and for the most part have enjoyed it. However, I've decided it is time to make changes.
So along that vein, and with very few exceptions, I will no longer be commenting on blogs that I used to follow quite closely and blogs on which I used to be a frequenter commenter. I will also experiment with reading posts and not commenting quite as frequently. This practice seems to be quite common. On my own blog, I no longer reply to every comment left for me. I used to reply as a matter of courtesy. However I'm not sure how many people come back and read the response and I've also heard it said that it annoys some people to no end. I will leave replies from time to time but more as an exception rather than the rule. That will save me time and hopefully annoy fewer people!
I have a blogging philosophy in which I try to "connect" with other bloggers and develop a bit of a relationship with them. Relationship building requires something from both sides.
After years of visiting some blogs and hearing nothing, I've begun to feel like a voyeur and an intruder in the lives of people I do not know. People who write freely about intimate aspects of their lives or share freely of their knowledge but they never take time to say "hello, welcome to my world" or never come by to see what I'm up to. So I'm moving on.
With a few exceptions, I will be concentrating on following bloggers who take time to connect in some way. I don't mean we have to become "pals". I know everyone is busy. I am just saying let's show common courtesy and take time to encourage one another's blogging efforts through showing appreciation of each other's efforts from time to time.
I will continue to participate in weekly memes which I also love. However, I will again be limiting my comments to those bloggers that show reciprocity now and then then.
I do love blogging and reading your blogs. I get inspired, I learn something, I cry with you, pray with you, relate to you through your stories, want to "root for you", laugh with you, etc. I look forward to reading more of your posts and leaving comments or encouragement. If I haven't visited you in the last few days please know I am a little behind due to family obligations but I will be by
I'm very thankful for those of you who do take time to come by and read my posts or view my photos. You encourage me on my blogging journey.
Have a great week!