I have a confession. About a year or so ago, I created a Bloglovin’ account. That’s not the confession, hang about. The confession is that I went
a little nuts completely overboard filling it with subscriptions to every single blogger on the planet that I simply liked the look of. Because social media is all about connecting with other people and that must mean the more the merrier, right? WRONG. (For me, anyway). Here’s what happened…
Recently, I found I was missing a lot of posts from my favourite bloggers and was kicking myself about it because I like to show support. I like to connect with people through what they write and the photos they take. I hated that I was missing posts and found myself wondering “Wouldn’t it be GREAT if there was some central place I could go to read up on all my favourite blogs? I’d never miss another post – it’d be FANTASTIC! Why doesn’t that exist?” OH WAIT. It totally does and I already have an account for it -.-
The problem was that I had FILLED my Bloglovin’ stream to the brim, filled it to the point of not actually being able to use it anymore. I made the exact social media outlet I needed into something completely dysfunctional. Once this dawned on me, I knew what was needed – a slash and burn session. Usually these are reserved only for late nights in undergrad when I was trying desperately to get my essay word count down from 2450 to 1800 (…what? I had a lot to say about the aetiology and treatment of sexual dysfunction!). But sometimes, you’ve gotta bring these sessions out every now and then. This was one such occasion. It probably sounds harsher than it was…though I was pretty cut-throat. I went through all of the blogs I followed and checked out their latest posts and culled them if I didn’t find them interesting.
Some people might find that mean or negative but, really, it was the nicest and most positive thing I could do for everyone involved. Here’s why:
- It was nice because I was no longer an empty number among people’s followers. I felt like I was essentially saying “Oh hi, I like you and the things you post” by following them but then not actually delivering on that by interacting with their stuff at all. I wasn’t being a genuine follower, in my opinion. Of course, I’m presuming this is what most other bloggers out there want from their followers – interaction and connection. That’s how I like to approach things and I felt pretty bad about treating other bloggers differently to how I want to be treated.
- It was positive because I felt incredibly free afterwards. How insane is that? I had previously felt weighed down, even a little anxious and guilty, by all the UNREAD posts that I just shut them all out. Like when you’ve got a pile of clothes and shoes and boxes and knick knacks piled high and you whimper every time you look at it all so you just shove everything in a cupboard and force the door to close. By having a clear out, I felt like I was able to actually enjoy using the reading tool for the purpose it is intended for.
I found a phenomenal amount of blogs and bloggers I was “following” that I didn’t even recognise. And so many beauty blogs! I’m not at all interested in beauty blogs! I also found that I was “following” people’s profiles as well as their blogs, which was often redundant (side note: I think Bloglovin’ are looking to remove the profile function or combine it with the blog function). Now I actively want to check my Bloglovin’ feed to see what has been posted so now I never miss a post. I’m interacting more with other bloggers because I no longer feel overwhelmed by how many new posts there are. This whole thing is meant to be fun, yo! If you’re not having fun, maybe decluttering your social media is something you could do too?
P.S. This is, of course, just my own personal experience. If you like following large numbers of people and their blogs then, by all means, I take my hat off to you! Each to their own, people!