Long-time readers know that I am pretty methodical in living my life. It’s a regularity that irritates some people because they want me to pay more attention to them than I do everyone else.
I have a huge Excel file that controls my life. Within that Excel file are a few billion Excel spreadsheets—Finances, Books Read, Movies Watched, Music Listened To, People Who Won’t Get Christmas Cards, Blogs Visited….
I usually visit 100 blogs per day, and currently in my Blogs Visited spreadsheet are links to 2,369 blogs, all of them on the WordPress platform because that’s the platform on which I blog. For those like me whose math skills are less than optimal at this point in life (I rely on Excel for even basic math now), that means that it takes me 24 days to visit all the blogs I follow. That might seem like a lot, but….
On January 1, 2015, I was following 3,741 blogs!
Well, if someone hasn’t published a new blog post since last time I visited, that someone gets a big, fat zero in the spreadsheet. At the end of the month, everyone with a big fat zero (►) gets summarily deleted. So I have deleted almost 1,400 people in just a little over four months! That’s more than 300 people per month who have quit blogging regularly!
In some cases, it’s justified, like the one guy who died. I left my condolences for his family who had left a message on his blog.
One person, though, said that she was taking the month off and would see us in the new year. Well, the month she was taking off was December 2013…. Nothing from her in 2014 or 2015.
Some people don’t seem to be blogging anymore but are still coming by here and leaving LIKEs and comments. I have LIKEd and commented on all their blog posts, so I don’t know what to do other than to have Zoey the Cool Cat say….
I realize that blogging isn’t for everyone, and sometimes when one tries something, one decides that one doesn’t like it. There are many things I have tried that I didn’t like—managing a restaurant, working retail, changing the oil in the car, wearing blue jeans….
To all those who have left the blogging world, best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity. To the rest of us, sing along with the following song but replace “flowers” with “bloggers.”
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