No no, not that number. I mean your blog number. How many posts do you read in a day?
My friend Sarah commented on my level of blog activity and asked how many blogs I read in a day. I honestly had no idea. I follow over 100 blogs between GFC and Bloglovin. Many don't post daily. and some haven't posted in awhile. I follow some bloggers on twitter, but I may not follow their blogs. So I decided to count one day.
The only day I have been moderately successful with counting was a Tuesday, which is a little unfair. Tuesdays have typically been recipe link-up days, and while I love you, I don't love recipe posts. As a rule, I don't read them. I don't cook and I don't pin things on pinterest so they don't interest me. No offense! So, if I can tell it's a recipe post, I'll mark it as read. Same goes for obviously sponsored posts. I like that the disclaimer goes at the top of the post, because it saves me a lot of time. When I carpool with Andrew, I have an hour that I sit at my desk before I officially start working and I try to get in as much reading and commenting as possible in that window! I do read some sponsored posts, but if it's for a product that doesn't interest me, then sorry. I'll be back the next time! I also tend to mark posts as read when I'm only following the blogger because of a link-up or because I "had" to for some other reason. Of course, if these ladies write a post that interests me, I do read, but for the most part, especially since I don't "know" them, they get marked as read (yet another reason why I wish link-ups could just be easy... thoughts for another day).
When I first started blogging, I saw someone say that if you read it, you should comment. I try to stick with that as best as I can. Sometimes I can't think of anything to say though, especially on short posts or outfit posts. I try to think of it this way - if I just say "Cute outfit!" then you have to take the time to respond to my throwaway comment and then I read your likely throwaway response in my email. It kind of wastes both of our time, so I would rather not comment unless I have something to say. I also read a few big blogs (think The Bloggess) where I just never comment. But I read and enjoy, nonetheless.
I'm guilty of skimming, too. I feel like a lot of people do that to me (I can see my page views, after all). What makes one skim? I'm trying to put my finger on that. I tend to skim when I can't tell what a post is about and I see too much text (I know, I love paragraphs but sometimes I don't have the time I would like to read them!). Here's my confession: I don't like play-by-play posts. I don't like to read posts that tell me where you went, what you ate, who you were with, etc., like a big long list. Get to the good stuff! Everyone should write the way that comes naturally to them but if I'm being truthful, I tend to skip posts that don't get to the point fast enough!
I think reading and commenting is the holy grail. Reading every word and leaving a good comment are why I keep reading blogs. I love building relationships and letting the writer know that I liked what they wrote. As we all know, this is the step that takes the most time, so sadly, on some days, it's my lowest number. I try to make sure that if I love a blogger, I leave at least 2-3 real comments per week, though.
So, what's my number? If you're a skimmer, you probably just jumped down here. On this particular day, I read and commented on ten posts; only read 13; skimmed 15; and marked eight as read. That's 46 posts. I honestly thought that I read a lot more, but when you take into account how long it takes to read a blog post, I think it's a pretty significant amount of time. And it was all worth it. What's your number? What makes you skim or mark as read, and what moves you to comment?