So, as everyone probably knows by this point, GFC will soon cease to exist. Like everyone else, I have made the mass exodus to bloglovin', and I strongly recommend switching over; its very organized and efficent, and you can make groups! How exciting! However, the process of switching over has brought a very important point to light for me.........
As a blogger, I've always prided myself on being a sort of "follow back"sort of girl. As soon as I get a new follower, I rush right on over and hit that button. I don't even look at the blog that closely sometimes, just a quick scan through before following back. After all, it's the right thing to do, right? These people are listening to me, why shouldn't I follow them?
Additionally, there are a lot of people that I follow, simply to push my own number. How many times have we all left comments that say,
"great photos! new follower, check me out please?"
answer: a LOT.
Today, I started what I thought was going to be the arduous process of importing my reading list into Bloglovin', in preparation of the big move after GFC quits. What I did find, instead, was that I was following a gazillion blogs.
ok, not a gazillion.
But, as I scrolled through the list, I found myself frowning. I didn't even recognize half of them. Had I even visited them? I had blindly followed them in attempts to boost that little number on the side bar. I didn't visit them, didn't comment, and these ones I followed for no reason clogged up my feed, keeping me from checking out the blogs I actually care about reading.
So I went crazy.
I deleted about half of my blogs from my reading list. I became track pad happy, hitting it over and over. This one's in German-this one hasn't updated in two years! I don't even like beauty products all that muc-It was really cathartic. Deleting so much of my reading list reminded me, yet again, that I shouldn't worry about the number of people who follow me. It doesn't matter. Its a freaking number.
So, folks, I apologize, but I will not be following back as of today. I will be following blogs that I'm interested in, that I want to read often. I'm not going to worry about how many followers I have, and I'm not going to compare my blog to other, more popular ones.
that's not what it's about.