Is This Really The Number One Reason Why People Unfollow A Blog?

In a recent survey amongst the readers of ProBlogger, the number one reason when asked the question ‘what would make you stop following a blog? was ‘a blog that publishes too many blog posts.‘ 

That surprised me, as I thought of a few more reasons as to what the most popular answer would be. For example, never responding to comments or somebody coming over as being unfriendly towards their readers. 

Why would you unfollow a blog?

Respondents went on to say that in many cases following blogs that publish too many blog posts caused them to develop “burnout.’ Some described ‘burnout’ as ‘blogs that become too noisy.’

The article went on to comparing following a blog to becoming friends with somebody. When bloggers post too many blog posts in a short space of time, it was like one half of the friendship had become too pushy or had become too much in the other friend’s face.

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What’s the answer?

There is probably not a right, nor a wrong answer to the question ‘How Many Blog Posts Is Too Many? But it’s an interesting debate, don’t you think?

Take, for example, a blog that publishes up to date news events. Given that there is always ‘breaking news’ around the world, these types of blogs are continually pumping out blog post after blog post daily.

The same can be said for bloggers who help promote other writers, bloggers and authors.

Is this the answer? 

What many bloggers, who publish more than once a day, do successfully is they schedule when their blog posts go out. This results in there being at least a couple of hours gap between the publication of each blog post.

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Nobody wants to overwhelm their readers, do they? That’s where scheduling blog posts are of the utmost importance. 

If you’re somebody who publishes more than one blog post a day, the recommendation is to leave at least a three to fours hour gap between each scheduled blog post. 

Not sure how to schedule a blog post on WordPress? Click here for full details.

If like me, you receive email notifications of new blog posts from the blogs you follow, then you can always unsubscribe from receiving emails from bloggers who publish more than once a day.

However, did you know that you can also choose how often to receive emails from the bloggers you follow?

Here’s how to do it.

Go to the dashboard of your blog and click on reader.

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Click on ‘Reader’

Next, click on Manage

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Click on ‘Manage’

You will see a list of blogs you follow.

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Blogs you’re following

Find the blog you want to unsubscribe receiving emails from and click on ‘settings’ next to that blog. 

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Click on ‘Settings’

Now, you can decide whether to receive email notifications instantly, daily or weekly. 

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How often do you want to receive email notifiactions?

After feeling overwhelmed by the number of email notifications I was receiving from some of the blogs I follow, I chose to unsubscribe from receiving emails altogether from them by switching off the ’email new posts’ button.

Instead, I now try and catch up with those bloggers via the WordPress Reader. It isn’t always possible, but it’s better than having that horrible, ‘overwhelmed’ feeling. 

Another question

Something else I also did when unsubscribing from those emails was to ask myself if I still wanted to follow some of the blogs. Was I still interested in the content they were publishing? If not, I unfollowed.

One of the best things about the WordPress Reader, is it condenses blog posts of those bloggers who publish more than once in a short space of time. Instead of seeing several listings from the same blogger in your reader list, you’ll see just the one which lists the blog posts they have published.

Is this one of the biggest myths of blogging?

I’ve also heard it said many times that to become a successful blogger, you must publish content every day.

I think this tweet says it all. 

What about you?

  • Would you unfollow a blog if you thought it published too many blog posts?
  • How many blog posts do you think are too many in one day?
  • Do you think you publish too many blog posts?
  • How do you cope with not feeling overwhelmed by the number of email notifications you get from the blogs you follow?
  • What’s the main reason why you would unfollow a blog?

Join the discussion by leaving your comments.

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  1. Great topic! My email inbox is already way too full. If someone posts more than two or three times a week, I’ll either unsubscribe (often they aren’t that interesting) or go to a weekly schedule. When I get those weekly groupings, I often just read the latest one and comment. I definitely don’t read them all. Which is interesting: I’ll read more of a blogger’s posts if they only post 1 – 3 times a week (often I will read all of them) then if they post more (then I’ll read just one).

    Too many posts would be my #1 reason for unfollowing a blog, but a close second would be not replying to comments.

    1. That’s an interesting fact about reading all the blog posts if they only publish 1 – 3 times a week, as opposed to merely reading one if you get a weekly email containing all the blog posts somebody has published. I think I’d do precisely the same thing, Janis, although I tend to use the WP Reader rather than get a weekly email from somebody who published more than once daily.

      Thanks so much for answering my questions and for joining the discussion, Janis.

  2. The reader is a great tool, as you describe. The emails were piling up like crazy until I figured out the settings in the “manage” section. A few bloggers that I follow post several times a day – too much for me to read, but I don’t unfollow since the content is usually good. I stopped “notifications” and that reduced the overwhelm as well.
    I would only unfollow if the content became nasty or way too angry for my tastes. I get that on the evening news! I always appreciate your info and insights into the mysteries of WP. Is there a way to “save” posts in the reader as I scroll past them to read later?
    I try to post once daily. Although lately I am easing out of that self-imposed pressure – so your input (and the comments that follow) is especially helpful in easing any guilt 🙂

    1. I’m glad to read that you have managed to reduce the overwhelming feeling of receiving too many emails from the blogs you follow. From some of the other comments left on this post, it seems that many of us will still follow bloggers who publish a lot of daily blog posts providing the content is still entertaining and enjoyable.

      In answer to your question about saving blog posts from the WP Reader so you can read them later, I’m not aware of any way to save them other than by going into the post and using the email share button to email the post to yourself. However, this, of course, will defeat the object of reducing the number of emails in your inbox. The other option to use the daily/weekly email method, as outlined in this post.

      I’m glad some of the other comments and my post have eased any quilt, although nobody should ever feel guilty when it comes to any aspects of blogging. Keep it all about the enjoyment.

  3. I cannot imagine how much time bloggers who post every day – or more than once a day – spend on their devices! It must be a full-time occupation. And, yes, it overwhelms me “having” to read them all. It even overwhelms me having to think about that right now. 🙂 Yet, I’m surprised as well that this is the #1 reason to unfollow a blog. My reasons to unfollow would be because bloggers don’t reply to their comments, their posts are too long or cumbersome, or the topics don’t interest me.

    I still follow bloggers who post more than once a week (which personally, seems just right for me, as a blog reader and a blog writer), but if a subject doesn’t interest me, I just swipe the email away. I have considered not receiving so many emails (blog posts and all the comments) by switching to reading posts via the Reader, like you now, but I just know that I would barely read any blogs that way, since my time is precious. I’d prioritize it differently when not “confronted” by blogs. When I see them in my inbox, I usually want to read them whenever I have a moment. In the Reader, I’d have to take an extra step to get to them and my guess is that I’d rather pick up a book instead. 🙂 That might still change, though… if I get too overwhelmed.

    1. It probably is a full-time occupation for many of them, Liesbet. Personally, I don’t know how some bloggers publish so much information in so many blog posts over such a short space of time. And I’m not talking here of simply reblogging other blog posts.

      However, from many of the comments left on this post, we don’t have to read all those blog posts, do we? I can remember the days of me believing I had to read and comment on every single blog I followed. That ‘overwhelming’ feeling was horrible and really spoilt the reason why I started to blog. I’m glad I made changes to my blogging habit and talked about it to other bloggers, many of whom I discovered were in the same boat as me.

      I haven’t unsubscribed from receiving emails from all the blogs I follow, just the ones that publish more than one blog post a day. Most of the blogs I follow seem to publish between seven and once a week. Some may only publish once or twice a month, and that suits me. So long as the content is interesting and it inspires me to leave the occasional comment, I’m happy to continue to follow those blogs.

      I don’t always have time to check what is on the WP Reader, but I don’t worry about that. In fact, I’ve begun to spend more time recently using the ‘search’ facility on WordPress to find other blogs who write content I know will interest me.

      Thanks so much for sharing your answers and joining this discussion.

  4. That is a very good topic. I have not unfollowed yet a blogger because of too many or too little posts. I simply unsubscribed in the past to receive emails. Meanwhile, I only have a handful of blogs I receive email notifications. If I get to the reader ok. If not… ok. If blogger is posting more than one post daily it simply depends on the content. Do I need to know every blabla, what did I eat, what did I read, what did the postman say… no! I skip the posts. If there is content, news, series, that works for me.

    1. Thank you for answering the questions I asked, Erika. It sounds to me that content is of far more importance to you than of the number of times somebody publishes blog posts. Do you think quantity can affect quality?

      1. Yes, I imagine it could. But it depends on what they are writing about, what the purpose of the blog is. For example a photographer can make one post with 10 photos or 10 posts with one photo each… and the post would not lose quality for me. But as I said, it depends and basially more is not necessarily better. Here we are again at collecting likes, followers, and views. If this is the motivation, the quality of the content may suffer. I experenced bloggers who started with a good concept and very good content but lost themselves in babbling about every minute of their days. They tried to please the crowd and left their paths. Those are the blogs I skip first when time is rare.

        1. I guess it would depend on the quality of the photos, but I totally get where you’re coming from, Erika.

          I’m not a fan of reading about a blogger’s everyday life. I used to write and publish some posts along the same line, but when I asked myself the question if I’d be interested in what I was publishing, I found the answer. Personally, I think that kind of stuff is best suited to sites such as Facebook, although I do enjoy reading about people’s experiences from the past.

        2. High Five, Hugh! Exactly the same over here. I am more and more distancing from such posts. And that is the reason, why I am not interested in Facebook either.
          Yes, true. I think also here, it depends on what they write about their lives. For sure, I don’t care about someone’s new nail polish or hair color, or what they ordered at Starbucks… lol

  5. I spend a couple of hours every morning reading and responding to blogs I follow via Reader. If a blogger posts more than one or two a day it can get overwhelming timewise. I don’t unfollow, but I will admit to ignoring the extra posts.

    1. And there is nothing to feel guilty about in ignoring some of the blog posts of those who publish too many blog posts daily, Jacquie. From some of the comments left here, it seems many people do precisely the same thing.

  6. I tend to post four times in a 24 hours period over the weekday. One of those is links to other blogs and recently one of those is a question to get people talking.

    Over the weekend I share other people’s posts, so it could be anything from 0-30 times over the 2 days, but none of those are mine.

    I personally only unfollow people if their content is no longer interesting to me, or they haven’t posted for 6 months.

    But then I only tend to follow blogs if they are interesting to me. My other main reason is if they don’t answer my comments, the odd one or so is fine, or I have ended in the spam folder and they have missed me, But after a few times it starts to annoy me.

    I also understand why people unfollow me, down to the fact I swear (alot) I rant (alot) and people might not want to see posts by other bloggers weekend after weekend.

    Its very much down to the individual.

    1. I agree entirely, it is down to the individual. What one person likes, another won’t like. It’d be a very dull world if we all liked the same thing.

      I’m glad to read that you spread the publication of your blog posts out over 24 hours. When you say you share other people’s blog posts, is that via the reblog button, or do you use another method? Do you close comments off on the posts you share? Is there a reason why you share each blog posts instead of including links to each of those posts in one post? I hope you don’t mind me asking the questions, it’s just that I’m interested in knowing.

      1. I use Press it, because a very wise blogger (you) taught me how to schedule them all.

        No I don’t close comments, but I am thinking of doing that, so that people comment on the actual post rather than on my share.

        People can see the links on the original post that people leave the links, what I would love to do is a copy and paste job of the original post, because I feel people are lazy and won’t keep clicking, if that makes sense, but I cant figure a way to do it and get them to click on the original post. However I do know that people are clicking through, so that is something, I just need to get the figure up because I am roughly less than 1% of people who look at the post, then actually click through.

        But I enjoy doing it, so as long as one person clicks through and hopefully finds a new blogger then its worth it

        1. Closing comments off those posts you share could ease some pressure off you from having to respond. Plus, I also think comments are far better being left on the original posts where they can be seen by everyone and where the author of the post can respond to them. I always think it a shame when somebody leaves a comment on a shared post and addresses the person who reblogged or shared it rather than address the original author.

          Thanks so much for answering the questions I asked you in my first comment. I asked them because I’m thinking about writing a post about reblogging. Your answers have been of great help.

  7. How odd! I don’t care how often a blogger posts because nothing requires me to read each and every post. For example, I follow you on Feedly, I don’t read all of your posts; I read the ones that interest me. My primary reason to quit following a blogger is that he / she never responds to comments. The exception is that rare blog whose content is so appealing to me that I don’t care about interacting.

    1. Very true, Michelle, yet many bloggers feel they must read and comment on every single blog post of some bloggers so as not to upset them. I’ve written about this subject before and was amazed by just how many bloggers felt like that. And I will hold up my hand and say it happened to me. Fortunately, I came to the decision to change the way I blogged and am pleased to announce that most other bloggers understood the changes I made. It seemed to be a bit of a taboo subject, so many thanked me for writing about it.

      Likewise. I still follow a couple of bloggers who publish interesting content but who never respond to comments. I just stopped leaving comments but still enjoy reading what they have to say.

  8. I have unfollowed blogs that overwhelm me with posts, Hugh, but there are a few that I do follow because I like the content or simply want to support their efforts. In those cases, I’ve learned to pick and choose what I read and don’t feel bad about skipping most of the posts. I used to post 3 times a week and that seemed ideal for followers (I think), but life happened and I had to back off to about 1 or 2 times a week. One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that it’s constantly changing. 🙂 Thanks for the great info!

    1. It’s good to hear someone saying that they don’t feel bad for skipping most of the posts of a blogger they follow, Diana. There is too much guilt-tripping in the blogging world, and from what I’ve read in one or two of the other comments left here, some unfollow the blogs of some who don’t read and comment on all of their posts. That’s sad.

      And I agree entirely with you that the world of blogging is changing. Some of us may not like all of the changes, but it’s better than being a part of something that remains stagnant and which then loses its appeal.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in this discussion.

  9. It’s amazing how the habit of doing a weekly prompt regularly grows into doing a different one almost every day if you’re not careful… and I hadn’t even done one at all until earlier last year! Cutting back now as, yes, I have unfollowed ‘noisy’ blogs before and I don’t want to be one myself.

    1. I wouldn’t consider a blog that publishes one post a day as noisy. So carry on with those weekly/daily prompts. For me, it’s more the blogs that publish more than once a day and where there is not a long enough gap between those posts to stop that ‘overwhelming’ feeling being passed on to some of the readers.

  10. Interesting article Hugh. I’ve definitely unfollowed blogs because of too many posts and the feeling that I either don’t have time to read them all or that they are becoming a bit too pushy. Not a fan of blog posts that feature other bloggers either really as I like to choose who I follow and read. Just a personal choice thing.

  11. Thank you for this practical tip. I didn’t know how to manage the email notifications. I would unfollow a blog if they post too often as I would feel overwhelmed. Content that changes in a way that doesn’t interest me anymore or offends me (that is maybe a strong word) would make me unfollow too.

    1. I’m glad the email tutorial I gave in this post has helped. Being able to reduce the number of emails I was getting certainly helped me get rid of that ‘overwhelmed’ feeling.

  12. Hi, Hugh – I beleive that everyone comes to (and sticks with) blogging for different reasons. It makes sense that we follow and unfollow for different reasons as well. For me, blogging is all about the relationship. If someone is posting too much on a regular basis (not just a monthly challenge), I can start to feel overwhelmed. I have unfollowed in cases like this. I have also unfollowed for reasons that you have stated.
    I’m retired. If a blogging relationship feels too much like one-sided work, I politely take my exist.

    1. Hi Donna, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Do you mind me asking if you follow any blogs that don’t follow you? I expect you do, but it’s something else I could have mentioned in this post.

  13. Very good questions, Hugh. Yes, I’ll unsubscribe when I think a blogger posts too often, or the content is no longer interesting to me, or there is no dialogue between the blogger and me after I comment a few times. I use and like the WP Reader. I blog for fun once a week most of the time, and rarely twice a week. I know some bloggers blog as a business and maybe that’s why they need to blog every day, or if someone uses their blog as a daily journal to capture their thoughts during this pandemic time.

    1. I can understand why business blogs would want to publish blog posts more than once a day, but what many of them do right is that they schedule when their blog posts go out, ensuring there is a long enough gap between each post. I think that helps a lot, Natalie. It could be that some bloggers don’t know about the scheduler, so I hope this post helps. I do use it myself, but usually only to schedule one post at a time. I tend to publish posts only on certain days of the week and at a specific time. Plus, I like to be at my computer when posts go live so I can check it’s published correctly.

      Publishing once a day is fine by me, it’s when it becomes several times a day all in a short space of time that it becomes overwhelming for many.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

  14. Thanks for the reminders/info about the various settings. I’ve unfollowed a few with very strong opinions too different from my own or if things start to feel creepy. If I enjoy a blogger’s posts but they’re too often for my time, I just skip a few here and there, depending on the subject line or first glance.

    1. A few people have now mentioned that they don’t read and comment on all the posts of the blogs they follow. To me, that makes perfect sense.

      Thank you for sharing your answers to the questions I asked.

  15. Hugh, I don’t follow anyone who posts more than three times per week, and even then, I do not read every post. It is pretty easy to sort out a blogger’s schedule and know to hit ‘delete’ on Thursday, or Monday, etc. I mostly follow lifestyle blogs that are written by people who I find interesting. Getting the latest installment of what is happening in their lives (travel, books,craft projects, recipes, celebrations, coping with a pandemic) is like sitting down to coffee with friends once a week. When sharing turns into ranting, I’m out. I also like instructional blogs, like yours, but again, I know which posts I want to pay attention to and which ones to tune out.(no offence intended) Frequency would not be my main reason to drop a blog, but it might contribute to the decision. It would more than likely have to do with content and the way the blogger responds to my comments. What is the point of having a blog that engages participation, if genuine ‘sharing’ isn’t at the core? Really good questions and as always, thanks for the tutorial.

    1. ‘Ranting’ has been mentioned a lot in the comments, Suzanne. I think it could be the number one reason why many would unfollow a blog.

      It’s refreshing to read in the comments that many of you don’t read and comment on every post of the blogs you follow. I think people who try and do that, then find themselves getting too overwhelmed by it all. It makes many feel guilty for not reading and commenting on everything. In fact, it’s something that happened to me (and many others, I discovered after writing about it).

      I agree about how bloggers respond to comments as being another good reason for unfollowing a blog. I’ve stopped leaving comments on one particular blog because regardless of what I said (or anybody else said) the blogger always responded with the same comment. Their content may be good, but let’s have a good conversation about the content rather than say ‘thank you’ and cutting the conversation dead?

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and telling us your answers, Suzanne. I always enjoy your comments, because they spark debate and often give me ideas for future blog posts.

  16. Hi Hugh! I generally write 2 or 3 posts a day, but I write on a variety of topics so it’s never hard to find something to write about. Plus I do award posts which are very popular with my readers, but I make those awards fun, not just dry answers so it’s entertaining for people. I think more than 4 posts a day would be too much, I have unfollowed blogs that put out 10 to 20 posts per day. Also, my posts are fairly short and I use a lot of photos in mine which people also enjoy, and the photos are mine which people also seem to like more. I did only post 3 times a week at the start and didn’t get much of a following, but once that changed to 2 or 3 then the number of followers started to climb. And after all, a writer wants people to read. Great discussion Hugh!

    1. Thank you, Steve. I love it when lots of readers get into a discussion with me and each other about a subject I’ve written about.

      Do you schedule your posts out during the day, or do you publish them all close together?

      I agree that we all want our content to be read, but it’s knowing whether our posts are being read or not. I often get comments left that don’t tell me whether or not the person who has left the comment has actually read the post. Often, they’ll say nothing other than ‘great post, please follow my blog’ and leave a link to the blog. I tend to delete those comments straight away. Whereas comments like the one you left here prove, you’ve read the post. So, thank you for leaving your comment.

      1. I spread them out about 3 hours apart usually. If I’m only doing two, one will be early morning, the other in the afternoon and sometimes a third one in the evening. I don’t like to put them too close together. It seems to work well for me this way.
        Yes, sometimes comments can be very generic but I get a lot of good long comments that show people are truly reading. I don’t like when people ask me to check out their blog or leave links to things unrelated to my post. Normally if someone new leaves a comment I will go and check their blog anyway and if I like it I will follow.
        I find the biggest reason people unfollow me is the fact I don’t read all of their posts. But there is no way I can read every post of my followers, that would mean reading nearly 2,000 posts a day. I can’t read that many. I don’t have that many followers, but that’s how many posts there are when I added them up. But I also don’t expect my followers to read every post I put out. Although some do. My posts are generally quite short too.
        One thing that turns me off is when a blogger doesn’t answer a comment. Also bloggers that are swearing excessively in every post.
        My pleasure Hugh, enjoy your day!

        1. Thank you for answering my questions, Steve. It’s good to hear that you are spreading your blog posts out over the day.

          I’m so pleased you’re getting plenty of what I call ‘meaningful and valuable’ comments left on your blog posts too.

          It’s a real shame to hear that some people would unfollow your blog because they felt you were not reading and commenting on their blog posts. They clearly don’t understand what bloggiung is about.It’s supposed to be about the content that makes people want to read and leave comments. And, as has been said in some of the comments left on this post, there is nothing wrong in not being able to read and leave a comment on every single blog post of all the blogs we follow. It’s impossible to do. Nobody has the time to do that, other than maybe somebody who is only following one or two blogs. I follow blogs that do not follow me, but that’s because I enjoy reading the content they publish. I read and comment when I can. It sounds to me as if you’re doing it exactly the way I am.

          Thanks again for leaving your comments, Steve.

  17. Overwhelming/bombarding readers is not a good idea for most blogs. Even if you stop the emails, those over-frequent posters can clutter up Reader.
    Just have to find the right number of postings that work for the writer and readers
    I have a limited number of blogs that I get weekly emails from – just in case I miss them in Reader – or if Reader gets wonky which has happened. (But you can always go to your list of blogs subscribed to to find them)

    1. I agree. Finding the right balance of the number of blog posts to publish without affecting the quality of the content is very important. However, we do need to be careful in not overwhelming our readers with too much information in too short a space of time. For many readers, this can often spoil the whole enjoyment experience of reading blogs.

      And thank you for the tip of also checking for new blog posts by going to the list of blogs you follow. I didn’t think of that one.

  18. Thanks for the tip about emails, Hugh. I didn’t realise there was that option. I have unfollowed one or two that really jammed up my feed with a ridiculous amount of posts. I’m aiming for 4/5 posts a week and very rarely post more than once in a day. BTW thanks so much for following my new site. Time will tell if I’ve done the right thing!

    1. If there is one piece of advice that I would give a class of new bloggers, Stevie, it would be that we don’t have to ‘like’ and comment on every single blog post of all the blogs we follow. For me, that’s the kind of stuff that’s done on sites such as Facebook.

  19. There are few things that will make me unfollow a blog, because I don’t follow before I have read several posts… and it is not how often they post, but what they are sharing that matters.
    I will unfollow if I see blind prejudice, the condoning of violence (outside of fictional plots), too much unnecessary bad language…and if there are nothing but rants.
    As you know, I schedule posts to go out at intervals throughout the day and have worried that it may be too many, as I try to promote other writers and host the writephoto prompt. I do try to make sure that my posts are of a decent standard though.
    I do set my email notifications for the blogs that I follow with regard to how often they post. Some come through immediately, if they do not post often. Some weekly, and I go for a daily digest on high volume blogs. Following a blogger does not mean you have to read everything they post, though I do my best 😉

    1. I don’t think anyone can accuse you of publishing a poor standard blog post, Sue. You may publish a lot of blog posts, but at least you always spread the publication of those posts out by scheduling them to go out with long enough gaps between them.

      I totally agree with you that following a blog doesn’t mean you have to read and comment on every one of their blog posts. That’s where many go wrong in thinking they have to do that because otherwise, they’ll upset the blogger by not liking and commenting on every single post they publish. It’s a little like trading ‘likes’ and comments on each other’s blog post. It’s not necessary and, if anyone does get upset by it, then should we really be following their blog in the first place?

      1. Likes and comments are always appreciated… but I would rather someone took the time to read a post. I know a lot of mine are shared privately and I never see a ‘footprint’… but I know they are going out where they will be read and perhaps appreciated.

        1. Same here, Sue. Although, for me, I only know if a post has been read, by the comments that are left on it. Not all the comments will prove the post has been read, but I always know the ones that do. For me, that’s what blogging is all about. I don’t take any notice of the ‘likes’ anymore, but the comments are the awards for me.

  20. Thanks for that. I was sick of deleting all the emails when I was quite happy to just use reader. Twitter is instantaneous enough without getting emails from bloggers as well. I usually blog once a week but it is nearly every day now this pandemic is on.I’m going to try following your instructions now.

    1. I’ve seen a steady increase of some bloggers publishing more content since the pandemic started, Julie. Some find themselves with more time on their hands.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  21. After hitting that crazy overwhelm stage of too many emails, I already discovered how to get my email list shorter!
    I tend to only get emails from those bloggers whose posts I don’t want to miss.
    Others, I follow, and as I browse my reader, I’ll pick and choose which I read and comment upon.
    If content becomes boring, or something I have no interest in, or object to, I may unfollow.
    As to how often to post, it is definitely a personal choice, but definitely don’t overwhelm your readers!
    I used to post loads a day at one point, during the beginning, and I have posted daily, but now it depends on how I feel. I have my Sunday and Monday posts as definites and the challenges I like to take part in, will appear as and when I feel inspired.
    My author blog is updated when I have something to say, and that can be weekly, or less, depending on where I am in my writing journey.

    1. I only wish I could find more time to check out the WordPress Reader. What put me off using it, more than anything else was that (before the days of getting email notifications) I used to check out all blog posts of all the blogs I followed on the reader. However, I soon found myself like a hamster on a wheel forever trying to reach the top of the list but never getting there. That’s when I switched to receiving email notifications. However, that too became too overwhelming with emails, especially from bloggers who publish more than once a day and who don’t schedule their posts, so there are long enough gaps between each post. Now I feel I have a happy medium which works best for me, but I realise that what works for me may not work for somebody else.

      Thank you for sharing your answers and thoughts with us, Ritu.

  22. I follow a number of bloggers who post multiple posts daily. These are generally bloggers who do a huge amount to support other bloggers and writers. I don’t feel pressured to read every post from bloggers I follow. I usually look at the list and pop in to read those posts that interest me. If the headline of a post doesn’t interest me, I don’t usually read it regardless of who the writer/blogger is. LIfe and blogging is to be enjoyed.

    1. Exactly, Robbie, yet many bloggers become overwhelmed by it all. Somebody mentioned to me recently that they see a lot of bloggers trading ‘likes’ and comments on each other’s post regardless of how many posts they publish. They said that sort of behaviour belongs on sites such as ‘Facebook.’ To some extent, I do agree with them. I’m all for supporting other bloggers and writers, but we can do that in so many other better ways than by simply liking and leaving comments of little value on each other’s blog posts. Like you, if the title of a blog post doesn’t interest me at all, I’ll move on.

  23. I’ve always used the ‘frequency of notifications’ button as, like you, I prefer to keep the number of emails I receive to a manageable level. I’ve chosen instant notifications for you, by the way! The most likely reason to make me unfollow a blog is if I’ve returned a follow, only to find that they are one of those intent on increasing their numbers but with no interest in interacting with their followers. Abusive language and extreme views would do it for me, too.

    1. Likewise, Clive. Those kinds of bloggers who are only interested in the numbers (rather than the content) will often unfollow you again once you follow them. They also remind me of those who leave comments such as – ‘I loved what you wrote here. Please head over to my blog and tell me what you think…’, and they leave a link to one of their blog posts or their blog. I’ve had that happen a lot recently, where that sort of comment is left on some of my Wordless Wednesday blog posts that only contain a photo. So how come they liked what I wrote? I think it proves that they haven’t looked at the post at all. Just arrived and left, what I call, a spam comment.

      Thanks for adding your thoughts to the debate.

      1. I get quite a few of those too, usually already sorted into my spam folder. It’s like the ones which say something like ‘wow, you really know your subject’ on my About Me page 😂

  24. Yes, the first time I unfollowed a blog, it was because of too many posts. I’ve occasionally unfollowed because the content didn’t interest me the way I had expected it to. Recently, I unfollowed a blog because of a difference of opinion…the blogger thought their post was reasonable, I thought it was homophobic garbage 🙂

    1. That’s an excellent reason to unfollow, Aimer. Of course, our blogs are our own space to write and publish what we like, but we (as readers) shouldn’t have to put up with anything we find offensive or abusive. Just like switching over the channel of the TV because we don’t like what we’re watching, we shouldn’t feel guilty for unfollowing a blog which is hell-bent on being abusive or racist towards anyone.

      Thanks for sharing your comments.

  25. I agree, I will unsubscribe if a blogger posts too often. A couple of times a week is sufficient. The only other reason I unsubscribe is if the blogger rants. The occasional rant I can abide but once it gets to be a habit I unsubscribe. I don´t have time for that.

    1. Me neither, Darlene. It’s very rare I rant on my blog, although, like you, I don’t mind reading the odd rant. I’ll also unsubscribe from a blog if there is too much swearing in the rants. I can cope with the occasional swear word, but not when it’s being used for no reason.

  26. I don’t think I’ve ever unfollowed a blog. On the other hand, I try to avoid email overwhelm by checking out blogs before I follow, to see how often they post – if it’s too often, I don’t follow. I don’t know how people find the time and words to post more than once a day. I know I can’t, especially when I’m working on a book. Once or twice a month is my limit.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Annabelle. Same here. I’ve no idea how some bloggers find so much time to post so many posts all in one day. The scheduling tool is great, but those posts still need to be written and put together. However, WordPress is making it easier and easier for us to use some of the same content many blog posts may have. I’m especially fond of the ‘reusable’ block. That saves me a lot of time in not having to cut and paste or having to write the same thing over and over again.

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