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. I like the way you framed this topic (why you should unfollow me)..I wouldn’t go out of my way to unfollow but I am realizing if I am finding that a blog is no longer of interest and I am scrolling by many posts in the reader, then it may be time to push that button… a practical time-saving step.

  2. First of all, I’d never unfollow YOU! Let’s get that straight. There’s just too many nuggets of great info and good entertainment around Hugh’s place.

    Second of all, LOL, I had to laugh at why you unfollowed a blog you mistakenly followed about makeup and shoes, (hmm, I need to find that blog :))

    Third of all, agreed on all counts! And I especially like the reference to broken links. I always test my links, good advice, but sometimes, I’m sure one escapes me. I do appreciate when a fellow blogger/reader lets me know the link didn’t work. That’s helpful advice and I’ve often informed others of the same.

    Blogging etiquette isn’t that difficult. We put out something of interest, let others know what we’re about on our ‘about’ page, give them something to go on and decide if they’d like to follow. Not all posts will pertain to that person’s preferences, but if they like you and know they can expect more posts on the topics they do like, they’ll stick around . . . that is if, like you said, you take the time to reply to those who took the time to read and comment. We all know what a valuable commodity time is.

    Great post as always my friend! xoxo 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. 😀 I kinda hoped that nobody would take my advice and unfollow me and, so far, all’s good.

      I’ve made a few mistakes in the blogs I’ve followed. There was another one which was all about hair removal. What got me was that both these blogs had excellent ‘about me’ pages. I guess sometimes having a great ‘about page’ me can backfire on followers. 😀

      Thank you for joining in the debate on this subject. I’ve loved all the responses and must decide on the next debate subject soon.
      xx

      1. Thanks for the morning chuckle Hugh, lol, hair removal. You’re so funny!
        And yes I agree, even though ‘about’ pages may be well written, if they don’t inform what to expect by following, it can be misleading – hence, the hair removal and makeup, lol.
        I certainly look forward to your next debate! xo

  3. What a great post! I am very picky about the blogs I follow, so I haven’t had the urge to unfollow. I am HIGHLY unlikely to unfollow yours!

    1. That’s very nice to hear, Noelle. However, I would recommend you weed out any abandoned blogs from this lists of blogs you follow on your ‘managed followed blogs’ page. Occasional housekeeping of your blog is very healthy.

  4. What? Oh I get you… for a minute I thought you were going a bit reclusive on me glad that’s not happened Hugh, that would be oh too sad.But yes you’re right from time to time it would be good idea to do a bit of de-cluttering. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

  5. What an interesting and unique post, Hugh. Love coming here and seeing what you have to share each day so there’s no chance of not following..:) of course there are some others….:)

    1. Many feel the same way. Sometimes there can be a very valid reasons as to why they have not responded but when it keeps happening then I may unfollow the blog and I will certainly stop leaving further comments.

  6. I’m sure you said this before but if someone follows me then I’ll thank them (unless their about me page is obscure like you say – isn’t that irritating) and check out a couple of posts. Only then do they get the follow. As ever you’ve generated a list of comments and I nearly unfollowed you because it’s taken me three days to scroll down to the comment box…!

    1. You may have done, Geoff, but it’s always good to say it again as many may not have read it the first time.

      I love your last comment. I need to figure out if there is a way to get the comments box to always be at the top of the comments. However, I guess then that it would stop people reading some of the other comments? Would that then put people off from leaving comments? Heavens-forbid!

      1. If you prefer, you can make the most recent comments appear at the top and the older ones at the bottom. That way, the comment box is nearest to the most recent.You can adjust that on the Discussion Settings page of your dashboard (Settings – Discussion – Other comment settings.) You can also break your comments into a number of pages so they are easier to manage.There’s one very good reason for doing that if you get a lot of comments and that is it doesn’t take the page so long to load, so people won’t go away!
        However… I don’t do either of those, cos firstly I don’t aim for loads of readers (I haven’t the energy) and secondly, I’ve dyscalculia and the reverse order does my head in!

        1. Thank you very much for the information, Val.

          I’m leaving things as they are because I think it only fair that people who comment on my posts get visibility. By having the comments box at the top I think many would then not read other comments which have been left. I know some may be put off from leaving a comment if they have to scroll to get to the comments box, but I think that’s a risk worth taking.

  7. Well, now you are just making it too easy to show people how to unfollow! But it is pertinent information. A lot goes into blogging and inspiration can dry up (I know…I have lived it). I think bloggers really have to decide what they want to write about. We all need to develop a “hook” or focus to our blogs so that inspiration does stay with us. Stumbled at tweeted 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing this post, Terri.

      I had to write something about this subject as I’ve been reading so much about how people feel guilty about unfollowing blogs even though they are so snowed under with so much to read. In fact, some of the comments left here have confirmed this and I just wanted to reassure people that they should never feel guilty about it. I remember being in this situation myself and it really did pull me down and make me think about abandoning blogging altogether. I’m so glad I acted on it.

  8. My goodness, Hugh, what a debate you’ve started – yet again. Well done!! I’ve not been on-line for a few days so catching up and what a lot to catch up on. I feel guilty when i skip through the blogs I usually read, don’t share, or don’t comment on. These tips are so useful though so I’ve copied and pasted onto a word doc to read tomorrow. STILL haven’t got the hang of Pingback… what is wrong with me!!!? perhaps too impatient – if I don’t get something right the first time I think, ‘oh blow, I’ll come back to it … and don’t. Hey-ho. Jx;

    1. Thank you, Judith, and many thanks for reblogging and sharing this post.

      I’d be delighted to give you a lesson on Pingbacks. Maybe we can have a chat about it at the upcoming book fayre? Very much looking forward to meeting you there.

      Have a great week.
      xx

  9. Great post!
    I thought it was some sort of April Fools joke, but it’s actually a very honest and helpful article.

    I try to respond to every comment posted on my blog. Additionally, any blogger who comments will get a visit from me and I will comment on one of their posts or share their work on Twitter if I find it compelling. I think they appreciate it.

  10. Another thought provoking post from you, Hugh.
    I’m so grateful to bloggers who follow me that I would feel I was being “unfair” to unfollow others. Disloyal somehow.
    This is strange as I’m not a bit like this in real life and can’t be bothered with people who aren’t on my wavelength. Bah humbug!

    1. Thanks, Helen.

      You should never feel disloyal. Believe me when I say that there are some out there who will follow you in the hope you will follow back. Then, as soon as you do, they will unfollow you. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to knowing when it is time to do some housekeeping on the blog we follow.

  11. Great post Hugh, I follow almost all of these steps to unfollow a blog or to follow, but one thing that make confused is how do I follow a blog to receive notifications only in my reader and not by email? Some of them, like yours show up in my reader, I’m happy with it, because when I have time for blogging, I check my reader and visit the posts that I want. But some other blogs send me email notifications, and I don’t like it, my mail box gets full of blog’s emails and I don’t have time to check all the posts, so sometimes I unfollow a blog because of it. Have a great Sunday!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. You need to turn off the email notifications for those blogs that you get an email for whenever the `author publishes a new post. To do this, do the following.
      Click on ‘Reader’ (in top left corner of your blog)
      Click on ‘Manage’ (next to followed sites)
      You’ll now see a list of all the blogs you follow.
      Find the blog(s) that you get email notifications for.
      Click on the small arrow just to the left of the photo
      Slide the button for ‘Emails for new posts’ to the ‘off’ position

      You will no longer receive email notifications for these blogs when they publish new posts.

      I hope that helps? 😀

  12. Great article, Hugh.

    I will add that spelling and grammar counts! I’ve seen articles that were one huge run-on sentence or go for 800 words without a single paragraph break. It’s tiresome to read them and I usually putter out and give up trying to after the first few lines even if the content itself is worthwhile.

    I stopped following a blog because most of it was articles submitted by readers and looked like the blogger cut-and-pasted submissions exactly as he received them. It was clear that he made no effort to proofread anything or even do a basic spell check. It was a linguistic minefield. I would be embarrassed to have so many sloppy, obvious errors on my website.

    Bloggers who are not naturally adept at editing on the fly should get a good style manual and learn how to use it. “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk and later revised by EB White has been in continuous publication since 1920 and is the uncontested Gold Standard of writing protocol. You can buy them for less than $10 US.

    Thanks again for the solid insight.

    1. Thank you, Chris.

      I agree about the layout of posts and spelling and grammar. Being dyslexic I suffer from that problem, but I always use spell-check and get my partner to read posts before I publish them. WordPress give everyone the ability to preview posts before being published but it seems some don’t use it. Maybe in some cases, it’s just down to not knowing how to?

      Thank you for joining the debate on this subject.

  13. Hugh, I think blogging is a lot more complicated and time-consuming than some folk realise. I’ve had to curtail my recent blogging activities due to personal circumstances. I sometimes feel guilty about my hit and miss presence in the blogosphere, but my family and health have to take priority. Perhaps, if I was more organised I would be able to do it all…but, I’m not. And I also follow way too many blogs who probably don’t even know who I am! Because, I enjoy reading them and I don’t need them to follow me back. But, then am I upsetting the folk who follow me? For me blogging is not all about followers. I gave all of that up ages ago.
    Perhaps there is a case for having a clear out?
    I feel a bout of reckless spring cleaning coming on…when I have the time and energy!
    Love your new look blog and well done on the amazing posts. You are one successful blogger. Keep up the good work…I will visit as often as my circumstances and conscience will let me. x

    1. I agree, Dorne, it can be very time-consuming, but we are all in control as to how much time we want to give it. As you and many others have pointed out, there is life outside of blogging and sometimes it takes priority over everything else. We should never feel guilty about how often we visit the blogging world, but many of us do worry if somebody goes off the radar without any warning. I’ve seen it happen and in one case I’ve not been able to contact the blogger as her blog and all her social media accounts have been disabled. That concerns me greatly but all I can do is hope she is well and that she just decided to pack blogging and social media in.

      Many, including myself, believe that blogging is all about the community, but I think in that first year it can be all about the followers. However, for most, that soon passes and blogging becomes far more enjoyable as we interact with our own blogging community and those that we become members of.

      I think there is only a case for a clear out of the blogs we follow when we become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of posts there is too read. From the comments, this post has generated, many feel guilty about not reading every single blog post of all the blogs they follow. Nobody should ever feel guilty for that. I think we all agree it’s just not possible to do.

      Thank you for the thumbs up on the new look blog. I’m very pleased you like it. I fancied a change and I fell for this theme as soon as I saw it. It had a few bugs, but with the help of WordPress all of them I highlighted have been fixed 😀

  14. lots of comments on this. I try to really limit how many i follow and how many I subscribe to because otherwise i end up in a guilt cycle of having to read everything and I just doubt have time. so I keep everything to sunday mornings. but still I’m reading about 100 posts a week its not sustainable really so ill have to whittle it down again.

      1. It’s very easy to fall into that guilt trap. Sometimes I just don’t have the spare minutes to read all the wonderful posts I would like to read. I’ve set it up so I get email notifications for people who blog less frequently, while I access the posts of frequent bloggers via the reader when I can. Some posts get read via my mobile phone and I don’t get around to commenting on them. So I’d say that just because people don’t comment, it doesn’t mean that they’re not reading or enjoying your posts.

        1. I agree, Sarah. I read many posts without commenting on them. I’ll only leave a comment if I really have something worthwhile to say. I can easily press the like button instead of saying something like “nice post”, so you’ll never find me leaving comments along those lines.
          Thanks for joining the debate.

  15. Are you trying to take over the blogosphere, whereby your blog is the only blog anyone in the world follows? I see through your scam, Hugh.

  16. I unfollow blogs if the person posts too often or appears to be some sort of robot. I also had to unfollow one blogger because her posts were so compelling I stopped doing the housework. 😦

    1. Oh dear, that must be one very good blog to follow. I agree that housework can often get in the way of our love for blogging. However, I must always remember that there is another world out there besides being in front of the computer. That’s hard to take on board sometimes. 😀

  17. I hate to unfollow a blog. But I do tend to pay more attention to blogs that notify me whats going on in their emails. I can’t possibly read every blog post and get through my work list. So it’s easier just to check in with the bloggers who check in with me.

    1. Many feel guilty about unfollowing blogs, but we should never feel like that. I’ve seen this guilt go on to bloggers then really resenting blogging and that should never happen.
      We should always acknowledge those in our own blogging communities and visiting their blogs and reading and commenting on their posts is the perfect way to do that.
      Thank you for joining in the debate.

  18. I mostly unfollow blogs if they haven’t been updated (with a new post) for a few months. Unless the author has said they’re on holidays for however long, or taking a break.

    Then there’s finding out something about the author that clashes with my beliefs/ethics/etc in a way that I can’t get around with, ‘it takes all kinds of folk’ attitude.

  19. I have reached saturation point, Hugh. I cant keep up any more. I cant keep up with people who blog every day, let alone several times a day. There are a few exceptions, because they do so much for other bloggers, but you can count them on one hand. I never had the guts to unfollow, I just relegated them to the reader, but now the reader is so choc full, I never even go there! I know we’ve had this conversation before, but I only followed your advice half heartedly. I really think I have some blog spring cleaning to do, but I feel so guilty.

    1. I remember being in your position, Ali. I still read posts about bloggers in exactly the same position as you. Take my advice and have a blog clearout. Don’t feel guilty about doing it. If anybody has a problem with you unfollowing their blog then are they really worth following anyway? Once you get over the guilt and see how much time you have freed up by unfollowing blogs that no longer interest you or for some or all of the reasons in my post, then you’ll wonder why you never did in the first place. Don’t allow blogging to make you feel guilty or to become a monster. It really is not worth it.
      If you need any further advice or help with it all, then you know you only have to ask.

  20. Good subject for the lady that just had to delete over 400 posts I never got to read from Dec through Feb. I’m still trying to catch up on March and we are into April. Some that I follow, post several times a day or everyday. Leaves me no time to get my own out and I’m barely making one every two or three weeks. I’ve unfollowed a few and set some up as weekly notifications. Some will reblog yours or someone else I follow so I have to sort them out. Many are going by the wayside. Thanks for putting it so clearly.

    1. You’re welcome, and please keep up the work in sorting out your reading list. As I’ve already mentioned in a previous comment it’s impossible to read every single post of the blogs you follow. Anybody who does not understand that really needs to take a raincheck and I’d recommend unfollowing their blog as well.

  21. I try and keep my ‘follow’ blogs to around about 30. I cannot cope with more than that. I want to interact with interesting fellow bloggers and cannot spread myself too thinly. I unfollow those that show no reciprocal interest, those that become dead links and those that I have followed by mistake!

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