Part the First
This seems to be the week of thought-provoking memes. This week, Crazy For Books asks:
"What are your feelings on losing followers? Have you ever stopped following a blog?"
I'm new enough to the Blogosphere that I don't have a ready answer to this. If I base my answer on the number of followers I have on Twitter, the number of members on the forums I moderate, or my Facebook friends, then I'd have to say losing followers doesn't bother me much. I've left a forum or stopped following someone because I didn't have time to keep up with the posts. I've stopped because I didn't care for changes in content or tone and because my interest in a topic waned.
Bearing this in mind, I can't begrudge someone for un-following me. Unless it's an offline friend, I don't take it to heart. Even if the lost follower is someone I know, I still try not to take it personally. Sometimes, people just need to curtail their online activity because they lack time or because they need to focus on more important things like school, work, or family.
Sometimes, the forum - whether it's a message board or a blog - just isn't a good fit for the other person. If that's the case, I'd rather the person stopped following me and devoted the time to someone else. There are plenty of options and, to paraphrase Laurell K. Hamilton (one of my favorite authors), life is too short to read anything you don't love.
Part the Second
In a new twist, Jennifer offers Blog Hoppers a challenge:
"BLOG HOP CHALLENGE: With this in mind, I have a challenge for you. This challenge will take some dedication on your part this week. I want you to find ONE blog in the Hop list that you genuinely WANT to follow (try to find a new blog, if you can!) and make at least 5 comments on their blog this week on 5 different posts. Get to know this blogger and what they post about. Next week, as part of your Hop post, I want you to post about your experience with this challenge. Just tell us what you thought of the challenge, who you found to follow and link to the posts that you commented on."
Oy vey. Like many who participate in the Blog Hop, I'm a mother, so my time is seriously limited. I also work from home as a freelance writer. I confess I'm behind on the books I should be reviewing because deadlines wait for no one and The Muse Reviews is a hobby at this point. I'd like it to be more than a hobby one day, but I'm not there yet. However, I'm determined to participate in this challenge. I'm going to take a slightly different approach, though.
Rather than click through 200+ blogs on the link list, hoping to find someone I want to follow, I'm going to focus my attention on the people who leave comments on this post. Those blogs will take precedence over the others. I hope to uncover some gems.
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