I love blogging. I enjoy reading people’s posts and learning about their kids, pets, writing habits, work and all the other small things that make us different and interesting as people. I enjoy reading book reviews and finding great new reads and I also enjoy reading poetry and writing prompts. Looking at photographs of walks and scenery, holidays and amazing places to visit; yes, I like those posts too. I also enjoy reading posts about cooking and baking and finding new recipes. As a result of all my interests, I follow a lot of bloggers.
I enjoy all my blogger friend’s and try to read as many of their posts as is practical given that I work full time and have a family to look after as well as my own blogs to write for, my two monthly columns over at Writing to be Read to prepare and post and my books to write and publish.
Sometimes I feel that I am not managing my blog reading rounds well. I have tried a few different ways of ensuring I visit all my friends as often as possible. I have tried reading through the WP Reader. I have discovered that a lot of my friends post at more or less that same time everyday so I see posts from the same bloggers every day and some bloggers who post in the middle of my day or night, or who post infrequently, slip through my net.
I have tried reading via email. This works fairly well but, as I mentioned, I follow a lot of blogs so I get a lot of emails. I have tried to manage my email box in different ways, either reading on a first come first read basis or by sorting the emails by name and going from A to Z. The best method is the second one, if I want to visit everyone, but then I sometimes miss out on fun things as I only read the email a few days later.
My recent plan is that I read through the WP Reader on my Roberta Writes blog. That one is smaller and I don’t have as many bloggers whose posts I read regularly. I occasionally search for specific bloggers and read the backlog of their posts when I know I haven’t visited them for a while.
Robbie’s Inspiration I read through my email subscriptions mainly. I read on a first come first read basis during the week and sort by name over weekends. I then scroll through and catch up on people and posts I missed during the week.
This is the best method I have been able to come up with and it isn’t fail proof, but I only have a certain amount of time in a day to read blogs.
How do you keep up with blog posts? Do you have a method? Let me know in the comments.
PS, I am currently revamping this blog so some of the pages are a bit of a muddle at the moment. I plan to finish this weekend.