Blogging Insights – What Are Your Reading Habits?

The idea for this post comes from Dr Tanya at Salted Caramel. Thank you, Dr. Tanya. 🙂

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Northern Autumn Morning

1. How often do you visit the WordPress Reader?

I always use my reader. Wherever possible, I’ve disabled email notifications (it’s strange that I sometimes get them anyway) and I rarely use or check the Gmail that’s attached to WP. So, if you’re trying to contact me through WP email, leave me a comment letting me know. 🙂

I unfortunately already get about 150 work-related emails a day in addition to my personal email, so more emails? No thanks. If someone I follow has posted, the post shows up in my reader, usually, unless there is a mysterious glitch that results in an undirected “unfollow.” But, if that happens, I won’t get an email notification anyway, so …

And, an aside: isn’t that strange? Sometimes I just “unfollow” someone I’ve followed, in some cases, for years. The link seems to drop or fail or something. Or another thing is that people’s posts may suddenly stop arriving in my reader. It will occur to me that I haven’t seen someone for a bit and then I’ll go looking. Anyone else experience this?

One Yellow Flower

2. What kind of blog posts are you more likely to read?

I will read anything that strikes me as interesting or humourous, and of course, I look at a lot of photographic blogs. When I first started (almost eight years ago; I can’t believe it’s been that long!), I read many blogs about narcissism. I had had a miserable (but very short) marriage to a narcissist followed by an ugly divorce, and I was doing some of my homework through reading up on people’s experiences with the narcissistic element.

It’s interesting that I now don’t read any blogs that are completely devoted to narcissism, or at least, not very often. The last blogger I followed who used to write with some regularity about narcissism stopped posting in December; she started other projects. What that tells me is that I don’t need to do that any more; I’ve moved on, and that’s partially due to the reading I’ve done here.

I recently watched the first season of Dirty John (a true story) on Netflix ( ) and a couple of times had an intense feeling of déjà vu as I watched Debra Newell deal with the narcissistic sociopath she had married. Her experience was much, much worse than mine, but mine paralleled hers in some very important, definitive ways. I was able to predict what she should have been doing and when and found myself willing her to take action or act differently. It was an edifying viewing experience, in more ways than one.

I regularly read the blogs that I follow, so I don’t follow more blogs than I can handle. I skip around to read many single posts, however. I don’t find WP’s “Discover” to be very interesting or appealing (some of it is) and I’ve stopped taking a look at it. I used to enjoy Freshly Pressed (remember that?) much more, but it had issues too (I was floored by the poor quality that sometimes showed up there).

Dominican Republic

How about you? What are your reading habits?

25 thoughts on “Blogging Insights – What Are Your Reading Habits?”

  1. I’m like you Lynette, I always use my WordPress reader. Between my day job and writing, I get hundreds of emails each day, so I never check my Gmail account that’s attached to my blog. Since my time is limited, I don’t read blog posts that are long. I don’t really care to read long excerpt from a book someone has written, again it all comes down to time.

    1. Yes, it certainly does. And with covid and all the work around that, my time has become even more limited. It’s regular work + covid (in my case, anyway), so we’re all very stretched. But I find WP to be a relaxing diversion as long as I don’t try to take on too much with it.

      Stay safe during Sally. 💛

  2. I always use reader too. I get too many emails as is for work, and it’s a nice way to separate my work from leisure. Especially now when the lines are becoming more blurred from working from home.

    1. Oh yes, a good point. Trying to separate work and home isn’t easy when work is at home, home is at work. I’ll do anything to cut back on the emails or streamline them. My work emails are crucial, and I get irritated at having to comb through and eliminate the 100 or so that turn out to be irrelevant in some way. Adding a bunch of WP related emails to that just becomes a chore.

  3. I have been desperately looking for writers that reside in my nick of the woods – personal bloggers that just write about life as we live it…
    But it’s been a struggle to find those amidst poetry, word prompt fiction and photography blogs that can’t really hold my interest.

    But the search continues!

  4. Reader is a great tool, for sure, Lynette. As to the unfollow thing, this has happened to me on a couple of blogs. Never sure if I clicked the wrong place in a post accidentally, if the blog poster deleted my follow or if it is simply a WordPress glitch. In any case I check Reader a couple of times during the day for the blogs I follow. Stay well and get ready for winter. Feels like late fall here already, but still no killing frost, so all is good. Allan

    1. I have wondered that, as well. But there has been one blog that I seem to repeatedly unfollow (I’m not being blocked), so it can’t be that I’m accidentally deleting that often.

      Thanks! You stay well too. I am getting over a very bad head cold right now (that’s all it is) that of course had me asking the big covid question.

      1. Yikes. My Patty thought she had Covid 2 weeks ago until she remembered she had not taken her allergy medicine most of the summer. A couple of pills later, all was well. Could be an interesting winter……..

        1. I can’t believe that I even picked that virus up! We’re doing so much cleaning and mask-wearing and sanitising that it’s almost hard to believe, but it goes to show how powerful these viruses are.

          I’m glad to hear that Patty is fine. 🙂

  5. I definitely use the reader feature. I’m not a fan of my email being filled with notifications of new posts (there is a way to turn that off BTW). I’m currently going through an interest shift and unfollowing a lot of blogs that I’m still wondering why and how I followed them in the first place because there is really zero common interests shared. I mostly follow other photographers and the occasional personal blogs. Much like you, I like to keep my following list manageable.

    1. Hi TJ, yes, I’ve turned off the email notifications but I sometimes get them anyway. I’ve then confirmed that I’ve turned them off, and I still get them. So annoying.

      I adjust my follows on a regular basis. People stop posting or they change the focus of their blog. Sometimes a follow doesn’t work out because it doesn’t turn out to be as interesting as I think it will be. There have also been a couple of times when I’ve noticed that the followers are part of a clique that doesn’t include others. Seems an odd thing to do on a platform like WP, but it happens.

      1. Cliques happen every where! Some of it is unintentional (people just getting comfortable over time with a specific group and struggle to break that dynamic with new people) and some of it is very intentional. It is one of the biggest reasons I’m not a huge fan of Twitter, though I do use it some.

        1. Yes, they certainly do; unfortunately, it’s part of human nature, isn’t it? I agree that it’s sometimes unintentional, and I understand that. But other times, it appears very deliberate.

  6. I’m always surprised when I hear people say they missed an email notification of a post, or they had to dump all of their notifications because there was too many to go through. I’ve had that disabled from the very beginning! The Reader is definitely the way to go, unless you really like slogging through email, or you just don’t follow many people!

    1. I agree completely. I just use the reader. I always turn off the email notifications, but I still get emails for some blogs anyway. So strange. Slogging through email is not something I enjoy!

  7. Interesting to read how others read their blogs. I almost never use the Reader. I have an email that is exclusively for my blog. I don’t give it out to anyone else. Only bloggers. I get email notifications only for those I read. I followed a lot of blogs that I no longer read, and they all go into the Reader. I’d have to scroll through them to find new blog posts of people I read regularly. I probably should clean that out.

    I completely agree with you about Discover and liked Freshly Pressed better. You and I must’ve started blogging around the same time.

    I don’t know which version of Dirty John you saw. I think it was made a couple of different times by different people. I watched the one with Eric Bana, an actor I really like (he’s easy on the eyes, too). It was a mini series. I looked it up after I watched, and everything in this version really happened. I thought “no way” – but IT DID! I was shocked. Everything happened right down to the dog saving the daughter’s life! It was an Australian Shepherd, like Max.

    Thanks for sharing. Lots of good conversation.

    1. I like to keep my reader up-to-date as I’ve learned over the years that following about 30-40 blogs is the most I can do. I don’t know why I still get email notifications when I’ve turned them off, but maybe there’s something I’m missing.

      I started blogging almost 8 years ago (ancient in blog-years 😉 ) so it’s been a while. We’ve seen quite a few changes!

      I saw the version with Eric Bana, also. It wasn’t a terrific program all around as I felt that the daughters’ characters should have been developed more – they were presented as either surly or concerned, but then again, they weren’t the main focus. Bana, though, as Meehan, did really well, I thought. He could flip from charming to vicious in a nano-second. It was somewhat triggering to watch as he reminded me so much of my ex-narcissist, but I was really engrossed! The daughter’s reaction was amazing. Most of the time these attacks go the other way. I loved that the dog just about chewed his leg off (did I just say that? 😉 ). Australian shepherds are amazing dogs!

      Yes, lots of good conversation. 🙂

  8. You mean to say there’s a Gmail account attached to my blog?? Guess I must not care much! I have all notifications sent to my e-mail; I don’t have internet at home and it’s easiest to only have to go to one place. If I’m caught up on internet everything, I might wander through Reader to see if there’s anything there I’ve not seen and want to, but mostly I pick up new blogs I want to follow because they followed me first. If they like mine (my life of kayaking and knitting, mostly through photos because a picture’s worth 1,000 words) we are likely to have something in common. That is, after all, how i found “In the Net” in the first place!

    1. Yes, there is. 🙂 It would have come up when you first started with WP. If you already had an gmail account (the one you mention above), maybe you opted to use it instead of starting another one? I’m just guessing that that might be a possibility. Or, you have an unused email account out there. 🙂

      I’m happy I found you. 🙂 I like landscape photos so much and you post such great
      ones because of your kayaking. I don’t knit (that would be an exercise in futility – my mom gave up on me) but I admire those who do! 🙂

  9. What a fascinating trail of comments you generated! I hardly ever go to my Reader anymore. All the blogs I follow show up in a “Social” folder in my gmail, so that’s where I read them. I’m completely with you on that “Discover” feature. I miss Freshly Pressed.

    I’ve unfollowed blogs after a short time following them as well — especially if I find out they post five or six times a day. Who has time for that?

    1. Thank you! 🙂
      Yes, I find Discover to be … bland. I think that’s the word I’m looking for. I never look at it any more. Freshly Pressed used to harbour gems. I stumbled across Brian’s blog completely by happy accident, and he connected me with others, including you. 🙂

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