6 Reasons Why You Should Unfollow My Blog

Unfollowing blogs. It’s something many of us don’t like talking about and something many bloggers seem to fear. However, one of the best things that will happen when you unfollow a blog is that it will free up your WordPress reader and/or your email box. The more you unfollow the more they will be freed up.

Why should you unfollow a blog and why should you unfollow my blog?

  • You don’t like what I have written on my ‘About me’ page.

One of the first things I look for when visiting a new blog is its ‘About me’ page. If there isn’t one, it takes you more than 3o seconds to find it, or the contents of it are not to your liking, then unfollow me.

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  • My blog links don’t work.

From time to time we all encounter this problem on our blogs. If I find a broken link I will notify the blogger. If it doesn’t get fixed and there are lots of other broken links on my blog (including those in the email notifications you get from WordPress when I issue a new post) then unfollow my blog.

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  • I don’t respond to your comments.

If you’ve taken the time to read any of my posts and leave a comment then thank you very much because you’ve made my day. However, if I never respond to those questions you asked about my post or acknowledged your comment by way of a like or a response then unfollow my blog.

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  • My blog is unattractive.

Do you find my blog or posts layouts messy? Are they not particularly nice to look at or hard to read? Then don’t hesitate to unfollow my blog.

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  • I’ve not published any posts for a long time.

Regrettably, many of us run out of ideas to write about and, after a while, some of us will abandon our blogs. However, if you delve deep within your blog there are a wealth of posts that many of your followers may never have read.

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  • My posts do not interest you.

I’ve followed many blogs by mistake. For example, I recently unfollowed a blog because the posts were about makeup tips and reviews on ladies shoes and clothes. If my posts don’t interest you then unfollow me.

Never be afraid to unfollow a blog. It will free up valuable time which you can put to better use such as writing, or reading and commenting on the remaining blogs you follow.

How To Unfollow My Blog

The simplest way is to click on the ‘Unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of the WordPress email notification you get when I publish a new post.

WordPress users and those choosing not to receive email notifications should use the following method so they can see a full list of the blogs they follow.

Click Reader (which can be found next to ‘My Sites’ in the top left corner of your blog).

Click the ‘Manage’ button (next to Followed Sites).

You’ll now see a new page that lists all the blogs you follow.

Find my blog in the list and click ‘following’ which should be written in green text.

You’ve now unfollowed my blog and, no, WordPress will not notify me that you have just unfollowed.

Of course, I don’t really want you to unfollow my blog but do consider unfollowing some of those blogs you do follow if you never visit them.

What about you? Do you unfollow blogs? If so, why do you unfollow them?

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  1. Another great post in this series, Hugh. I’ve been meaning to unfollow quite a few blogs I’ve followed over the years. Reason being I feel that I have too many blogs to keep up on, and that when I do see them in my WP Reader I know I won’t click on it. Currently I’m following over 300 blogs and it really is hard to keep up with all of them – and as you mentioned, not all of them acknowledge my comments and questions. It is rather dejecting when you are actually interested in the post you read and took the time to comment.

    The About Me page is a page that usually determines if I follow a blogger or not. If there is no About Me page, I feel that I cannot connect with the blogger. It will be interesting to visit the About Me pages of the blogs that I follow when I do a blog-reader spring clean soon, and if I still like the blogger and they have valuable content I won’t unfollow.

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    1. I’ve always said that it’s impossible to read every single post of all the blogs we follow, Mabel. 300 blogs are a lot to follow. I was once on that number and had to cut it down. However, I’m now adding more newly discovered blogs to my list again and I’ll certainly carry out more housekeeping in a few months time.

      Some disagree, but the ‘about me’ page is such an important part of a blog. I want to know who the person behind the blog is.

      Thanks for your comments on this post. It’s always very nice to hear from you.

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      1. Agreed. There will be days or weeks when I’m busier than usual with work and all things life that I will have to skip a few posts from my favourite bloggers. 300 blogs is a lot of blogs indeed, and I am at a point where I am scrolling my reader each day and sometimes the new posts seem never ending.

        Always good chatting with you, Hugh. Thank you for another round of wise blogging advice.

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  2. This is such a thought-provoking post. I almost never unfollow blogs (unless they deeply offend me). I always feel so guilty and worry that I might hurt their feelings! But I always wonder what if they suddenly write a post that I love.

    But you’re right, there are so many wonderful blogs out there, you can’t possibly read them all. And maybe it’s a disservice to follow someone when you never actually read anything they write….it’s definitely food for thought.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey. Yes, food for thought. I wish I could read every single blog post of those I follow, but it’s just not possible. Most understand, but those that don’t normally don’t stay around in Blogland for very long.
      Thanks for visiting my blog today and for leaving a comment.

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  3. I unfollow blogs not very often but I do when they barrage the reader with post after post all in one day.
    Thanks for the info – I probably need to go back at look at the “About Me” page, probably does need some tidying up!!!!

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  4. Great advice, Hugh. I do unfollow blogs now and then, usually because there is no reciprocation…and occasionally because someone posts a bazillion times a day, and I get overwhelmed. It frees up time to dedicate to the blogs and people I enjoy. And there’s never enough time as it is. Sigh.

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    1. I use email notifications so as not to miss a post. I know it means lots of emails but I don’t trust the WordPress reader to show the posts of all the blogs I follow. However, it’s great to hear you have a system set up so as to free up time for reading and visiting those blogs you follow.

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  5. I nervously checked all the points on my blog as you talked about them. I had an un follow just yesterday….

    Seriously, I don’t bother about unfollows on twitter, but an unfollow on my blog is something that really saddens me, because getting followers for a blog is such hard work.
    Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

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    1. It is sad when we lose followers, but people will unfollow my blog for the same reason(s) that I may unfollow another blog. I’d much rather somebody not follow my blog if they are never going to come back and visit. We all get followers who never come back and all that does is to block up their WordPress reader with my posts. The followers will come providing what we write about is good quality interesting stuff. I’ve written a few posts about this subject which you can find under ‘blogging tips’ on the menu bar of my blog.
      Thank you for reading my post and for your comments. I really appreciate it very much.
      Best wishes,
      Hugh

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  6. Brave post, this, Hugh. I’d thought of doing a post like this in my previous blog a couple of years ago but was always worried then that people would use it as an excuse to unfollow me. In my current blog though, I’m not too bothered as I’m not aiming for popularity any more. I love having people follow my blog but I’d much rather they follow me because they want to, and in my experience a lot of people follow a blog for quite different reasons, such as trying to get publicity for themselves, or because they think I’ll instantly follow them back (I don’t necessarily).
    I’m not particularly upset if someone unfollows me unless it’s a person with whom I’ve been getting on well with, via comments in my own blog, or it’s someone I’ve known for years. As for why I unfollow blogs, the reasons are many. One of them is that I’ve probably not read enough posts before following a blog and hadn’t realised what some of the content was about. For instance, while I fully respect people’s beliefs and their rights to write about what they believe in, I don’t like reading religious posts. I also don’t care much for bloggers who have hidden their intent within their posts and suddenly find that they just really want to sell something. Another reason for my unfollowing some blogs is that I don’t have a lot of energy and prefer to limit the number, so if there’s a new blog I want to follow, I look through the ones I’m currently following and if any haven’t piqued my interest for a while, I’ll unfollow.

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    1. lol, yes quite a few people commented that they thought I was brave publishing this post, Val.

      I don’t know if anyone did unfollow my blog after reading the post, but I’ve gone to the stage now of not getting worked up about the number of followers my blog has. During the fist year, for many bloggers, one of the keys is getting as many followers as possible. Those that don’t see the figure rising (mainly because they fail to acknowledge comments or never visit and read and comments on other blogs) often give up and then abandoned their blog. Those that build a blogging community and become regular members of other blogging communities usually go on to gain more followers and succeed with what they first came to the blogging world to do.

      I agree, I much rather the followers that interact with me rather than those who just follow hoping I’ll follow back and then never come back to visit. I call them ‘ghost followers’ and I’ve written about them in some of my posts. I don’t mind authors who promote their books (however, not in every single one of their posts) and I’ve often promoted bloggers, authors, and writers here on my blog.

      I value your last point very much. For every new blog, I follow, I will now unfollow another (for the same reason you have stated). I will also unfollow a blog if I know I’ve made a mistake by following it. For example, I recently followed a blog (because he followed me and I liked his ‘about me’ page) and since then I’ve received up to five new posts a day from him, most of which are poor quality and not really interesting to me. I’ve stuck around to see if his posts will change for the better, but it does not look like it. He’s never been back to visit me (as far as I can tell either).

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      1. One of the things I do before I follow a blog (but I don’t always remember to do this!) is look for an archive and then read the first few posts. Most blogs change over time but it gives me an idea of what the blogger is really like before the ‘everyone/nobody loves me’ sets in and they change! Also, of course, before they got the hang of how to blog unless they’ve done it before.

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  7. I unfollow Blogs that don’t blog. That are actually Porno or something else that doesn’t interest me. I think there is so much pressure to like other peoples blogs if they like yours/mine etc . I hate it when people leave links to their blog asking me to read it. It feels like spamming. If some one wants my opinion then ask but don’t continue to spam me with links to your post. I also always go to about the author/Blogger and I hate seeing that they haven’t put anything in it. Now some people may still be new to blogging but if you are able to post .I have to assume a person has the knowledge to create an about page or at least google or sign up for a course on how to make their blog the way they want it. Sometimes I’m scared that it will turn all school ground drama like if I un follow and then some one will un follow me. Having typed that I don’t want flaky followers. I am not flaky so best to remain authentic and take a risk..

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    1. I agree about bloggers who leave links to their blogs in comments, Daisy. However, I don’t mind if they leave a link to a post which is relevant to what my post is about. What I do not like is when comments such as “Great Post” is left and then a link to their blog is also included. I was told in my early days of blogging that this was not acceptable to most bloggers (not that I did it, of course).

      The ‘follow you, then follow me’ method is also something I no longer follow (excuse the pun). I ended up following so many blogs that I had to take action. I unfollow blogs just about every week for various reasons and if they then choose to unfollow me, then so be it.

      Thank you very much for your comments.

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  8. Love this list! I do think that the About page is the most crucial part of your blog. That is where others who are new will look up first before exploring other parts of your blog. Having a kick ass page will definitely intrigue others in wanting more of your blog! 🙂

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