Peace lily

If I haven’t liked you recently…..

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If I haven’t left a LIKE or a comment on your blog recently, there’s probably a reason.

1 — There’s a possibility that when I first started following you, I had read a post of yours that I liked. However, in all your billions and billions and billions of posts, turns out that the one I liked is the only one that I liked. If all of your posts except that one are pornography, or contain vile language throughout each post, or is nothing but religious mumblings, well, I won’t be liking those posts. If I visit your blog two consecutive times and can’t find anything to LIKE or comment on, you go on my “once a quarter” list, which means that I will only stop by once a quarter to see if you have anything interesting to me. If not, I’ll check again next quarter.

2 — You have not published a new blog post in what seems like forever. If the last post that you published was in mid-September, see you next quarter.

3 — You have deleted your blog. 😦

4 — You have made your blog private and not provided me with the password. 😦

5 — You don’t have a blog. Some email subscribers don’t, and that’s okay. If you are one of them, I’ll keep up with you so that if you do start blogging, I’ll find out.

It takes me 14 days to make the rounds to all the blogs that I follow, currently 1,404 of them. However, 245 of those are on my “once a quarter” list, meaning that I visit 82 blogs per day.

Yes, I do keep track. Everything is in my handy dandy Excel spreadsheet.

I started working through my “once a quarter” list during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend and thought it might be appropriate to let everyone know about my camping protocols. Just in case you were wondering.

Peace lily

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128 thoughts on “If I haven’t liked you recently…..

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I often wonder about those people who have 35,000 followers. I guess they are like newspaper columnists. You follow them but they don’t follow you because they have no idea who you even are. They are too busy writing and publishing their own blog posts.

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  1. Animalcouriers

    On a completely different note, thanks for your hint on Adobe leasing (at least I think it was you!) You’ve saved me a huge nightmare after a recent hard disc replacement – leasing the software is so much easier than reinstalling!

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  2. nutsfortreasure

    Reblogged this on Living and Lovin and commented:
    OK I also have many I follow and many who follow me 🙂 this explains simply what may happen in our very busy world I finally know what to do with a RSS 🙂 so slowly but srly all those I adore shall be easy to follow as I do not always make it to the READER lol

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  3. lulu

    Blogging, writing and reading, can take on a life of its own. I’ll probably pay the price when it comes to number of followers because I’m not able/going to spend the time necessary to build the numbers.

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  4. Catherine Johnson

    That’s a lot of blogs, yikes! I read a great post from a fellow WANA blogger who said you just can’t follow everybody and save a few for catching up on Facebook. Are you in any Facebook groups? I find them so helpful and it’s a great community.

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      1. Catherine Johnson

        No, I think liking them just means they appear in your timeline so you can keep in touch. I’m in 12×12 which is 200 picture books writers and WANA112 which was a blogging course. You would probably benefit from a photography one. I would just do a search on photography in teh search bar at the top. I’ll look too if you like.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Surprisingly I don’t miss ActiveRain. Not until I was gone for a few months did I realize just how negative too many of those people are. The backstabbers are the ones I despise the most, those who are so lovey dovey on the surface but would just as soon kill you in the dead of night.

      Since I didn’t have any control over the negativity, such as blocking the negative people like we can do here at WordPress, I don’t miss it.

      The reall problem for me was just how negative the ActiveRain staff was, particularly Bob S.

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      1. marilyn harrell

        I guess I am not involved in it enough to know who is who or what is what. But I did meet up with some lying backstabbers in real life… that wasn’t much fun… but I did learn from the experience.. I think you’re amazing… they was probably just jealous…

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          It doesn’t matter where I go, I run into the jealousy thing. Too many people don’t like a person like me who has an interest in all aspects of life. Of course, being a Jack of all trades also made it difficult to get a job in the past. Companies want experts in one area, not better than average in many areas. I did find that AR had more jealous people among its membership than any place I’ve ever been. I think the points thing has a lot to do with it. It’s a system that naturally builds jealousy.

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  5. robincoyle

    Holy smokes! I don’t know how you keep up with so many blogs. I’m glad my humble abode is one of them! Maybe I need a system like yours. Just when I clear out my inbox, BAM . . . it is filled again.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      The only things that come to my inbox are when people like or comment on one of my blog posts, or follows me.

      I had to change the setting that notifies me of when other people post in their blogs because one lady posts about 50 times a day, and they all are reblogs.

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      1. robincoyle

        So you read blogs in the reader? I haven’t mastered that.

        I unfollowed a gal who blogs too many times a day. And, what she posted wasn’t worthy of my time. Too bad, because I liked her at first.

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          1. robincoyle

            One the WordPress Dashboard, there is a Reader tab. You can scroll through the blogs you follow, or read blogs by category . . . writing, food, movies, etc. I don’t use it, but I know a lot of bloggers do.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      In my case, LIKE means that not only did I read the post, but I enjoyed reading it. There have been a few cases where I read a long post only to get to the very last paragraph full of expletives. That will ruin the whole post for me, and I won’t leave a LIKE for that. I have to enjoy reading the whole post, not just 99% of it.

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  6. seapunk2

    I, too, find a blog post that I like, and when I look again, and again, and even again, I don’t like anything else. I suppose it’s like looking out the window, and seeing a rare bird fly into my trees, never to be seen again.
    Thanks for posting this. Fun.

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  7. Clanmother

    An excellent post! I am learning that “listening” to the voices out in the blogosphere has been an enlightening experience! I like your methodology – it is essential to have a strategy in place! I am glad that you camped out in my blog!!!

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  8. JackieP

    I hope you’ll catch me next month. I’ve been doing NaNo this month and don’t have much energy for my blogs I”m sad to say. December I hope will be better. 🙂 I’m not sure I could ever be as organized as you. Wish I was!

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  9. grosenberg

    I always enjoy your comments but have come to realize lately how difficult it is to follow lots and lots of blogs :).. I have actually learned from the Master and have started doing mini-campouts tho not nearly in as organized a fashion

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  10. D @ Sweetjellybean.com

    Russel, I must say that this is very impressive. I have been trying to keep up with the blogs I follow too and those bloggers who always shower me support through likes and comments. Right now I’m doing at least 10 a day and sometimes read posts via Reader (which sucks by the way) and sometimes posts from my inbox. I love the fact that you have this excellent system and I’d like to say thank you very much for all the love and likes you’ve given my little bean blog! I really appreciate it! It cheers me up so much whenever I see all your likes over there! Have a great week Russel! xx Donah

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  11. SimplySage

    Impressive! I feel pretty privileged as I know you visit and like mine more than once a quarter. Thank you!
    I really enjoy the reader. Mine loads only blogs I follow. I try to keep up with everybody but my schedule gets pretty crammed. I do appreciate all your photography and blogging. You usually bring a smile to my face.
    Love the cat!.

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  12. fgassette

    Congratulations on having so many blogs. I have enjoyed your blog and I am honored each time you camp out in mine. Your blog has always helped me in handling my own and I appreciate all the help you have given. A man has to do what a man has to do.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  13. Naomi Baltuck

    I wish I were that organized! I am about a thousand e-mails behind. I usually post once a week or so, but many of the blogs I follow post every day, or even five times on some days, and I just can’t keep up, which is a little stressful. Then there is that novel that I am working on, which sometimes gets neglected as I try to catch up on blogging. I think I must not be managing my time very well. Maybe I need a schedule like you have.

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  14. Tina Del Buono, PMAC

    Hi Russell, I so understand what you are saying. I really like stopping by your blog because of the great pics. I too often wonder about the superblogs I think you are right there is no way they can visit all of their followers. Have a wonderful Monday!

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  15. europasicewolf

    Well not quite sure what to say to that!! The initial reaction (largely to #1) probably isn’t acceptable so I guess I should go with the polite response 😀 Congratulations on the huge number of blogs you grace with your illustrious presence 😉 And on your great organisational skills 🙂 I wasn’t actually wondering about your camping protocols as it happens but since you choose to mention them they are…interesting…Personally I work on the basis that I only follow as many blogs as I can visit regularly as I believe everyone makes an effort even if the subject matter isn’t always in my direct field of interest, and therefore deserves at least a like if not a comment too. However I do prioritise the ones who take the time to return the favour as I don’t have time for those who are only interested in their own blogs. That’s just selfish. I am applying that to yourself just generalising. I give everyone a chance and visit theirs regularly as possible initially but if they persistently ignore mine then obviously I’d rather bypass them and put the time and energy into those who take similar interest in mine. If a follower isn’t going to visit and has no interest in my posts why do they stay as a “follower” in the first place? I do make the odd exception though if I’m particularly “bowled over” by an especially impressive blog 🙂

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  16. A Dog With Fleas

    It does take a lot of time and effort to try and follow all the blogs. With as many as you have, it is quite impressive to have it all organized in a spreadsheet. And thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and comment/like.

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  17. firebrightyoga

    Thanks for all the likes Russell. After reading this post- I see that this means something! 🙂 Doubt I will implement your spreadsheet strategy though- as they make me break out in a rash… I sincerely appreciate your time. Namaste!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I get a lot done because I use Dragon Naturally Speaking. I’ve been using it for ten years and definitely could not get as much done by typing on a keyboard. I can talk sooooooooooo much faster!………lol

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      1. sunshinemac

        That explains a lot 😉 It sounds like something I should have but then again – apparently my hubby says I talk too much as it is and would leave an essay at every comment. Thanks for the photo shares – I appreciate them.

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  18. Mag (Chancy's Mumsy)

    No matter how often you come to my blog I feel honored when you do. I have been pretty busy lately and haven’t posted as often as usual but will get back in the groove eventually. Thanks for stopping by Russell. Hugs and give Zoey some nose kisses from Chancy and me!

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  19. Carol

    1404 blogs?!!!! Holy Crow! I would never ever be able to keep up. And you still have time to get out and take pictures and do your job and eat and (I guess) sleep? And an Excel spreadsheet? OMG! I have my priorities – I make sure I have naptime.

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  20. Rambling Woods

    Wow..I have a small readership mostly of people I have followed for several years now. You know, I write about nature and my nature which can be crabby..I figured that I am not a great photographer or naturalist that I wouldn’t have anything to interest you..but you like the bobcat rescue..there may be a good ending as the cat may have more damage that can be repaired…we will know soon…Michelle

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  21. Bella Remy Photography

    This just blows me away that you ever care that much to follow that many blogs. It is certainly dedication and caring of your fellow bloggers that you have created a system that works for you to keep up with all of those blogs. I know that many appreciate your kindness.

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  22. prancingotter

    I’m dumbfounded by not only the number of blogs you read but the way you organize your reading! It’s all I can do to write a post now and then (though I’ve put myself on a schedule of once a week). I am honored that you came calling! Regards to Zoey.

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  23. reneeboomer

    You really are amazing! I always appreciate you camping out at my blog. I don’t know how you keep up. Good on ya!! Have a wonderful Friday. Renee 🙂

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  24. wannabephotographer87

    I like the honestly Russel lol! I get sooooo many blog emails now and to go through them all is so hard sometimes! It’s smart to hit the ones you know you like the most and to hit others later 🙂 I know I always appreciate seeing you visit my site 😀

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  25. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    Impressive and informative post.l appreciate visiting my site.Greetings.jalal

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  26. Sony Fugaban

    Well explained, RR. And, I so can relate to the message that you tried to put across. I just hope our fellow bloggers realized how true those are to most of us.

    Thanks for doing the favor to us!

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  27. clinock

    It’s always good to know that one’s troubles and frustrations are shared with many others. From reading your long list of comments I don’t feel so alone anymore in my guilt about always being behind in responding. We do what we can do. Thank you for taking the time to visit art rat cafe…

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  28. D @ Sweetjellybean.com

    Thank you Russel for all the likes and visits you have done on my blog! Just made me really happy today! Wish I could tag you on FB, but I’ve shared this post with the rest of my followers on my fan page! Have a great day! xx

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  29. lensandpensbysally

    Nice to have your visit today–I’ve missed you. After perusing this post, I am in awe of the number of blogs that you follow. Your dedication is commendable. And we each must find our own way to balance the blogging and responding and visiting. This cyber journey is a strange and wondrous adventure. I’m glad that we can share the experience. Thanks.

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  30. contentrambler

    Hi, thanks for visiting and liking my latest blog post anyway 🙂 Can’t tell for sure with other blogs but noticed on mine that the number of ‘followers’ is in fact the number of followers on WP AND the number of followers on any social media account which you’ve hooked up via Sharing. That might explain blogs with 35.000 followers 😉

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  31. Angeline M

    Thanks for adding me to your spreadsheet. Looks like you just signed up with me today, and of course it would be on the day with my only second ever religious theme in some 700 posts…oh well, I can’t remember if that puts me on the quarterly review system or less, but thanks for the follow. I’ll be delighted to check out your blog.

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  32. Madoqua

    I am delighted that you visited my blog and followed it – because it has led me to yours. This was the first post I read and I really like the idea of using a spreadsheet to make sure one visits all one’s followers. Thank you for this idea – I have already started to put one together.

    I have a very slow internet speed (which is so frustrating) and some bloggers load their posts and sites up with so many (awesome!) images, that I just cannot wait the minutes for each post to download. So I tend to avoid those blogs which is a pity, because some have such great content. This comes from living in a Wifi ‘blackspot’ which is not going to improve any time soon 😦

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Usually it’s not that they have a lot of pictures but that they didn’t resize their pictures. If you right click on the picture and then choose Properties, you can see that each picture is up in the 500MB to 3GB range. That makes the pictures 50 to 300 inches in width. Since none of our blogs are 50 inches wide, WordPress has to resize each and every picture down to 600 pixels (about 3 inches wide). It takes time. When I find a blog like that, I usually tell the blogger and offer ways to save time in uploading pictures and blog post loading.

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  33. colltales

    Thanks for stopping by at Colltales yet again, Russell. In some alternative future, we’ll develop the ability of offering something physical, at the touch of a button, to all visitors of a site. We could have, for example, shelves full of trinkets to give away as a courtesy to guests. Then again, it’s not such a great idea; just imagine that it all would wind up polluting the oceans, etc.
    Anyway, consider taking something imaginary from Colltales, every time you stop by, then. Along with my most heartfelt thank you, of course. Best
    Wesley

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  34. simplyeclecticlife

    I love your system! I’m not real good about keeping up with the blogs I enjoy (sadly) & think I need to come up with a system similar…because I’m sure I’m really missing out!!

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  35. Clarabelle

    Wow Russell, that is alot of blogs you are following, brilliant stuff. Thank you for following my blog, I do hope my content is good enough that you like it time and time again. Kindest, Clarabelle

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  36. elspethc

    this is interesting – aren’t we all different, not only in our blogs, but also our habits and ways of managing. I very rarely do ‘likes’, if I have time, I comment, so you know why I have liked, for the rest, I just come by every now and again. Nice post sharing your way of working

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  37. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com

    I am delighted that you liked few of my posts.I hope you will keep in touch .You have an open blog worth following.Have a great holidays season.jalal

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  38. lisalday111711

    Thanks for your honesty. I have to agree with you as I am new to this blogging business but these are great tips. I hope I write a post upon occasion you will enjoy but as for our post…I enjoyed it immensely
    Lisa

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  39. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Love the honesty here. I think I value your ‘like’ more now : thank you, sincerely 🙂

    You can rest assured I won’t be doing any pornography!

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  40. jaggh53163

    I’m very pleased that you found my blog and that you find it interesting. I agree with you about likes and comments, but I have to admit, I “like” or comment more on those blogs that have “liked” or commented on my blog a bit more consistently.

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