Tuesday, January 21, 2014

what's your number?

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?


28 comments:

  1. I read probably about 20 posts a day regularly, plus I read everybody's blog who comments on my post that day. I, like you, only comment if I really have something to say. I rarely skim. If it hasn't caught my interest in the first few lines, I'm out. Except my loyalty reads that I read daily, come hell or high water. :) But those I don't necessarily comment on very often. Maybe I should though?

    This is an interesting question that I'm going to pay more attention to.

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  2. I spend way way way too much time reading blogs per day. I probably comment on around 20 and read around 30. I like to leave comments that are meaningful too, but like you said, sometimes it's hard to do that and all you can say is "cute outfit" haha.

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  3. Hmmm. I'm with you, I tend to skim when I see loooong play by plays or bullet points or basically stuff that I don't really "care" about. That sounds insensitive but sorry. I think on a daily basis I probably comment on about 15 blogs maaaaaaybe. Maybe more if I have time, and then there are days when I just don't have time so I skim or even just mark everything as read. Man, I sound like a bad blog commenter.

    Also? I hate when I can tell someone skimmed. And by that I mean, when I post about something that may be deep or important to me and then I get a comment like "I like your hair in that last pic" or something random. Okay I've never gotten that comment before but you know what I mean. I just feel like if you're going to comment and be that generic or vague, it feels like you just want a comment back or are commenting because you feel you have to. I try not to comment like that. That said, there are some blogs where I feel like all I say are "ooooh gorgeous pics" but in my defense, this blogger posts amazing pics!

    Okay longest comment ever. Sorry.

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  4. i skim when i'm busy but for blogs in my "favorites" folder, i read every word. you can often tell that in my comments.

    sometimes it's hard to keep on par with blogging and all the responsibilities of blogging - it's like a freaking part time job! although i read a lot of blogs, some i don't comment on beause i have nothing worthwhile to contribute. i think leaving a "great post!" is lame so i would rather leave nothing at all and come back another day when i have more to say to the blogger.

    responding to comments however, is a different story. i respond to each one 99.9$%% of the time. there are times like last week when work got the better of my schedule so i was unable to respond to each one but i made it a point to go to each blog and leave them a comment.

    like you, i allocate time in my day strictly for blog reading/commenting. this is when i spend the most time catching up on all things blog and if anyone even steps to me during this sacred time, i tell them to get the hell out of my face and come back at 9am LOL

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  5. This has seriously been on my mind the past few months because I feel like I read a lot of blogs. I follow a good amount of food bloggers but I tend to skip over some if the food contains things i don't eat like fish. I will pin a few or favorite a few if I can see myself making it. I have about 50 blogs in my must read folder that I read every post written and will comment on just about everyone of those. I have another 30 in my "probation" or just starting following that I will read and try to comment on, though some don't. Then a few others that I catch up when I can. Fashion blogs I tend to skim, and really long drawn out posts (like this comment). Haha!

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  6. I read a ton of blogs, but I am such a bad blog commentor. I typically only comment when I actually have something to say. Like you, I hate just commenting "cute outfit." I am trying to be better about commenting, especially on the blogs that I read regularly.

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  7. It all depends what office I am in for the day....for example today not that busy I read a lot of blogs....on Wednesday and Thursday I'm in the hospital so I barely have time to even post mine. I like reading people's posts especially if they are a good writer :-)

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  8. I read every word of the blogs in my friends folder. I have about 20 in there I think? Actually more but some are infrequent posters.

    I have about 15 in my next folder down, and I try to read all of those too.

    The third folder is about 18 and I skim those most days.

    I also have a food blogger folder that I hardly ever read, but I keep them in there so I can go through and pin recipes when I have time.

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  9. I have this feeling I read way too many blogs and probably need to start cutting back. I don't even want to count. I only say that because I never read actual books anymore. I'm too busy reading blogs!! I'm a commenter. Sometimes it's annoying to feel compelled to comment. I definitely like getting comments and I like supporting other comments so I have always felt commenting is important; if time consuming.

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  10. guilty of skimming! i would say i probably read comment on about 50 or so a day, but follow quite a few more on bloglovin'

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  11. I have a favorites folder it has maybe 40 blogs in it. Most don't post every day. I'd say I read (skim) about 20 to 30 posts a day.

    I usually only comment on 15 or so though because a lot of times I just don't have any value to add. I feel like my comment should add some kind of value or start a discussion.

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  12. I read a LOT each day. I don't like play-by-plays either. I don't need to know what time you got up, what time you took a pee and what time you put on your socks. I don't give a shit. Give me the good stuff!

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  13. I TOTALLY skim when there are too many words in a row and no pictures... Or when a post is the exact opposite and all pictures with few words. I guess there's a REALLY fine balance for me and if it's off in some way or another I have a hard time sticking with it.

    I, too, hate leaving (and getting) throw away comments or random comments that don't make any sense in relation to what I wrote. Sometimes I won't respond to a comment that feel like they were a time waster on the writer's part... Bitchy? Probably. Time saving? Yes.

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  14. I like this post! It gives good insights to how others manage. Although I've mapped out time to write my posts, I'm still struggling with balancing reading other blogs & leaving good comments. I hate waiting until the weekend to catch up with all blogging stuff.

    I also like the "if you read it, comment" mantra.

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  15. This is a great post because I have always wondered how many I read on a daily basis and how many others do. I think I should do a weeks worth of counts to see. I would guess on average, I read about 20 posts a day, but when I come back into the office after being out for a week (work travel), I would say it is more like 60 plus.

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  16. My numbers are a bit higher than yours, I think because I write so far ahead I have more time to read :) I'd say I follow 150 blogs, 100 post regularly (5 days a week) I read and comment on a solid 40, skim about the same. I read way less on Mondays so that helps. Today I probably read and commented on close to 50 haha. I like reading!

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  17. I love this headline! So funny! This is a very intriguing topic. I think the number I read changes daily. Is it weird that the mood I'm in determines how many I read or how often I comment? I skim an awful lot, which makes me wonder why I even read. But then the next day, I'm frustrated because I can't find enough to read! ha! You're such a good blogger's blogger :) I really think that could be your niche.

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  18. Ha! I totally am guilty of the post you skim!

    I am kind of embarrassed by how many I read but I live alone so will read blogs and watch TV at night :)

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  19. I read maybe 10 posts a day and that's probably pushing it. I skim when the blogger has the same format every single day, like what they ate for breakfast, what they did for a workout, and what they have planned for the day. In those cases, I skim to check out the dog pictures. I mark a post as read if I can tell the preview picture is all that's in the post or if I already received the post in my email. I only loyally comment on your blog and Kathy's blog because you two always take the time to read mine and comment and I want to be sure to return the favor. :) I enjoy following big bloggers sometimes for the fact that I don't have to comment -- I can just enjoy the content.

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  20. I've been a super lazy blogger so I need to do better. I'll usually go through Bloglovin once or twice a week and binge read lol. Blog URLs I know by heart get more comments from me especially if I engage with that blogger on some other social media. I play favorites I guess.

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  21. Okay I loved this post. I will admit that I'm the worst at reading and commenting on other blogs but I'm working on it. I read probably five posts a day and comment on two or three of them. I only comment if I can identify with the post in some way or have something I feel is worth saying, and even then sometimes I'm reading on my phone and commenting is just not gonna happen from that thing. I do hope that my blog friends don't think my not commenting is because I don't like the post, I just might not have something to say about it.

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  22. I think you probably know my blog reading habits by now, haha! I go through phases where I spend days not reading ANY blogs, and then other times I can spend hours at a time just reading and reading and reading! I comment on all of my friend's blogs and people who comment on mine but aren't necessarily friends. I pretty much never comment on a "big blogger" unless if they write something particularly interesting or heartfelt. I skim a lot too, but I think everyone does that right??

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  23. I'm the absolute worst for reading posts and not commenting! Often, I'll read blogs on my phone, but I hate to comment that way, because I like to write a decent amount in my comments, and it's too time consuming on my phone keyboard. I have a handful of blogs that I always read (I'm pretty sure it's a small handful). And, like you, I definitely try not to comment if I don't have anything to say, or if I didn't read the whole post. There's nothing worse than a comment that's obviously just there to lure you to someone's blog, when they clearly didn't read yours!

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  24. I'm kind of embarrassed about the amount of blogs I read some days. I'm not super religious so I normally skip those posts (I feel like a bad person saying that!) I also have no kids so although I think kids are super cute I normally won't read a blog if they share tons of motherly posts! I try my hardest to comment on as many people as possible though. I love getting friendly words from bloggers so I love to share the same!

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  25. I read a lot. But like you. If the blog is big - I stalk. Super rare if I comment. I also do not like sponsor posts - and I have seen a lot lately. Numbers are hard. It changes often, but funny to think about.

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  26. yep guilty!!!! I do follow way more than I comment. I hardly ever comment on big bloggers....I feel like they have enough followers that they probably don't even read my comments (based on previous experiences anyways). I mostly save my comments for the "real" people and not just the blog personality, if that makes sense?

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  27. I just read your post today, and I know what you mean. For me being a guy(and a newbie), it's hard for me to read some blog just because mostly everyone that blogs are female. When they talk about stuff females go through, its hard for me to relate sometime into what they are talking about. I do read a few male blogs, but not alot. I am kind of a skimmer because I look through first and if it interest me, then I read it. I do actually read some post but only a few. I plan to try to read more in the future and be more active

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  28. What an interesting post! I've been thinking about this particular question myself lately, it actually feels like you read my mind...
    I'm not a good commenter, and I try to be better about it. I have yet to count how many blogs I read a day, but it feels less than your number. But I know that I definitely comment on less than you - maybe 5 on a good day? It's terrible, because I love getting comments just as much as the next blogger!
    The 2 main reasons for this are a) laziness and b)I don't know what to say. I'm like you, I don't just wanna say something like "great post!", so I won't change my attitude about that. But laziness is not a good enough reason!
    Gotta work on that.

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I like comments and read them all but I'm not great about responding to them, so please don't be offended. I would much rather visit your blog instead!