I have been very lucky to have attracted a great deal of new followers lately. Among those trying to sell me something, or asking me to promote their blogs or ideas, there has been an unusual number of genuine and interesting bloggers too. Many have just started out, with just a few posts on their embryonic blogs. I have enjoyed reading some of their posts, and left encouraging comments on occasion too. However, I am unable to follow them back.
So for anyone who wonders why this ungrateful old grump doesn’t follow back, here is an explanation.
I set a limit of being able to follow just 90 blogs. Even allowing for the fact that I am retired, this still takes up a huge amount of my free time, and some days borders on a part-time job. Including those bloggers who have more than one site, I currently follow 99 blogs, almost all of them very active.
I like to be a committed follower. I like to read everyone’s posts, leave likes and comments, and also engage with others who comment there too. This means that I just don’t click ‘Like’ on every post in the Reader. I actually read them, and try to leave a comment that is pertinent to the subject covered, and one that hopefully makes sense too. This takes close to three hours most days, sometimes four, allowing for managing my own blog followers and posts in the meantime.
So, If I don’t follow you back. Don’t take it personally. It’s just because I don’t have time.
My best wishes to all followers, old and new. Pete.