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4/4/11

"Spring" Cleaning, Blogger-Style

Spring is in 'air-quotes' because it doesn't feel like Spring in Idaho.  There was a mix of hail and snow yesterday, and it as in the high 30's to low 40's.  And it's April.

Meanwhile, the baseball season has started, and gardening season has begun.  Which means it's officially spring, yet here I am, still wearing coats and cranking up the heater...

Meh.

So I did some major Spring Cleaning to my blog yesterday.  I looked over all of the blogs I have on my "following" list, and got rid of any bloggers that haven't posted in a month or more.

All in all, I swept about 48% of the blogs I was following under the rug.



Now I'm following a meager 243 of you.  I try to read your posts whenever you update, and comment when I have more to say than "Wow, that's interesting..."

Needless to say, if you've posted something in the last 4 weeks, you're fine.  I'm still reading what you're writing. I was just getting tired of having dead blogs in my list, whenever I tried to search for a blogger I still read.

Do any of you have a routine to weed out the dead blogs you're following?  More importantly, how many blogs ARE you following?  I'd love to know.

Dead blogs aren't much fun...
Please Share it! :)

36 witty retorts:

Icepax_Nmir said...

I'm trying to follow as many as possibly, even though I'm fairly new at this thing... I found out how enjoyable it can be to read what other people think and what interests they have...
How many? Only about 86 or something right now... But I guess that's only normal if you've been only blogging this long :p

consuela bananahammoc said...

You know your hygiene. Good luck :D

mac-and-me said...

i am still alive
really :)

THE SNEE said...

It's not "spring" here yet either and my fever is very high! So, you've been weeding out the garden blog. As a fairly new blogger, my site is still fresh with seedlings. I admit the idea of adding housekeeping and weeding to my virtual world list is.......well...need I say more?

Jewels said...

I absolutely clean house now and then...I have to. If you aren't posting then I'm not following. Unless it is somebody that I know it taking a break for reasons I understand then I'm gone. I have about 130 or so blogs that I follow and if I follow it's because I read all your posts and try to comment all the time. That takes up a LOT of time. I don't want to waste time with blogs I no longer enjoy or who don't post. It is a necessary part of blogging (for me at least).

singedwingangel said...

About every 3 months I do a blog purge. Same reasons they don't post or they simply do not catch my eye as they did in the first time I read them. I have about 220 blogs on my list right now and about 150 of those are ones I have followed since I began blogging. They my blog besties if you will and I read them religiously.

Venus said...

I don´t delete them, I think someday they´ll post something good.

becca said...

like you i cleaned house yesterday anyone who hadn't posted in 6 weeks of more i deleted i'm down to about 100 blogs now which is time consuming. i also read them all and try to leave comments even if it's just a simple great post comment at least they know i was there. have a great week

Wink said...

I really need to unfollow the dead blogs too, but I just can't be arsed to do so.

Alphabeta said...

It's duly noted and MUCH appreciated from my patch of the blogsphere that you always post excellent comments.

Thanks for that. : ]

Dragmire said...

It hasn't really felt like spring in New York either. There was snow just a couple days ago and it's still cold.

Zombie said...

poor dead bloggers... maybe they are just using all that time to write something REALLY good. lol.

Adsila said...

I did a blog cleanup a couple of weeks ago. I found out that some of the blogs on my list no longer existed. I am down to 152 blogs that I follow. I read all the up-to-date posts and will add a comment if I have something to contribute.

THUNDERCAT832 said...

That's what I do! After a month or two I just unfollow because I have so many kick ass blogs to look after! Now if I'm pretty blog close to them, I at least give them two months and when they hit me up again I get to stalking!

Oh, that's too kick ass you posted the poll on your blog. I wish I had thought of that lol
You better win or I'm going ape shit!!!

D4 said...

I weed out every 2 weeks, anyone who has a month on them is gone. I don't even know how many I'm currently following, I know there's a lot of interesting blogs that just... stop. It's sad. And then there's some blogs that upon changing their URL's don't get updated on my feed when they update. Not yours, for some reason, but most others. Pisses me off, man.

ScottD said...

I like the dead blog pic!

Tony Van Helsing said...

Following blogs is like a full time job. I'm still pretty new at this and have unfollowed a couple but feel guilty while doing it for some reason. I must learn to be ruthless.

soulvask said...

i try to read the latest update in the blog im following :)

Lemmiwinks said...

i like your blog. keep up the good work

Wiccy said...

I'm still posting. Maybe not that often or not that interresting stuff, but still posting =)
nice to clean up sometimes even tho it's just a followers list ;)

Mike said...

you have to a admit that you are missing cali somewhat right about now. we are having 75F days right now. im sure idaho gets its good days too. btw whats your bball team?

Leila said...

I probably follow no more than 25 blogs. The moment I see a blogger compromise their integrity for some syndication, I immediately delete them off my list.

DanielM said...

Too bad for the weather. Hopefully it's better today.

G said...

I'm actively following about 150...with another 100 or so on the 'occasionally check in on' list...and
weed about once a week...although I've been a bit slack lately.

Generally if people stop by my place regularly I always return the favour...following, commenting and supporting where i can

Autumnforest said...

They only let us follow 300, so I go through about every few months and I use the one-month rule too on ditching folks. I hate to do it because upon occasion a person gets a job or moves or something, but they usually let me know if they come back again and I'm willing to put them back on. A lot of people start blogs with the best of intentions and find out the time consuming aspects or run out of things to say. Letting on some new blogs is always a blast too. I love to go strolling around looking for new cool blogs to follow.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Cool! You don't follow me though...

*sheds single, yet dignified tear*

Shutterbug said...

I'm glad you haven't swept me under the rug! Thanks for your continuous support! I really do appreciate it! :P

On My Soapbox said...

I follow only ~40 blogs, but that's enough for me. They're cleaned out every few months, I guess.

Spring? Yeah, right. It hailed here a couple of days ago. Brrrrr!

Cpt Pownzor said...

oh my lawdy spring cleaning must have taken a good long time. I dread having to do that myself.

hed said...

Yep, I totally agree with you...blog regularly or GTFO!

hed

rinns said...

I haven't done my spring cleaning blog style, but that's because I have only been here since late February. And I didn't follow anyone who hadn't posted in a month. So I'll give it another month and maybe do that :D

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