We all interact with the blogging world a little differently. In yesterday’s post, How do you follow, I asked people to answer a a few survey questions about how they follow other blogs.
Here are the results, based on 24 responses:
Question 1: How many blogs do you follow?
- <100: 25%
- 100-499: 50%
- 500-1000: 8.3%
- >1000: 16.7%
Question 2: Do you have more followers or blogs you’re following?
- more followers: 62.5%
- more following: 25%
- around the same: 12.5%
Question 3: How do you usually find other bloggers’ posts?
- WordPress reader: 70.8%
- email notifications: 4.3%
- visiting the blogger’s website: 8.3%
- other: 16.8%, including a mix of the above methods, and checking out other bloggers who’ve interact with their own blog
About 27% of people (including me) follow 500 or more blogs. Most people who’ve been blogging for quite a while have seen other bloggers come and go, but unless those bloggers delete their accounts, they’re still sitting around on our list of blogs we’re following. I follow more than 1000, but there’s no way I could actively follow that many at a time.
I suspect that one of the reasons that the majority of respondents have a greater number of followers than blogs they’re following is the tendency to accumulate spammy followers over time. If I were to remove all my spammy followers and the accounts that appeared to follow me only because they hoped for a follow back, then my follower and following numbers would be a much closer match. One respondent commented that that they had a lot more blogs they were following compared to followers because they’ve been reading on WordPress for much longer than they’ve been writing.
I found it interesting that most people use the WordPress Reader to find posts. That’s always been my approach, but I wasn’t sure what other people did. Several people responded that they use a combination of different ways to find posts.
What I take away from this is that following other blogs matters to people. Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s happening on our own blogs, but an essential part of being an active member of the blogging community is supporting other bloggers. So get out there and read some blogs! 😃