I’m streamlining my blogging life. After almost 3 years it just had to be done. While my focus has changed a bit, I have also realized that with a new direction, I need to weed out the stuff that wasn’t going to help me get there.
1. Twitter. There are a number of sites that help you weed out the undesirables. While having a ton of followers might seem like a good idea, there is no way I can keep up with following everyone back. I have spent the last few weeks un-following anybody who is a bot, hasn’t tweeted in over 30 days, doesn’t post anything but spam links, and many, many companies that I really have no reason to follow. If I un-followed you, it was probably a mistake (I do make them once or twice) so just let me know and we’ll correct that injustice. One of the sites I like to use is TwitCleaner.
2. Facebook. I realize that un-liking or un-friending someone is a little harsh at times, but there are still ways to clean up my Facebook feed. It is really easy to just “hide” the people/businesses you still want to keep around, but don’t really need to see every day. It makes my feed way more manageable and I get more chance to read the posts of the people I really do like.
3. Reader. My Google Reader is always evolving. I have a hard time keeping up with a million blogs (although I do try and set aside time each week to check out as many as possible). Since I am always adding new blogs to my reader, I try and go through the entire list every few months and delete the blogs that no longer interest me or ones that haven’t had a post on them in a few months. And here’s a tip… if you decide to give up blogging, please at least write one last post telling us WHY you are giving it up. For some of us who get pretty invested in your story, we imagine all kinds of horrible things happening to you when you drop off the internet completely.
4. Blogger Business Sites. These are those company sites that you belong to because they have promised that if you join their network they will get you blogging business. I tend to join all of them in the hopes that some fabulous opportunities will come my way. But… I realize that it’s just way too much. Most of them I’ve never received anything from. Some of them I get opps that really don’t apply to me anymore. I have slowly been going through all these sites and deleting my name from them. I would much rather stick with 2 or 3 that I respect and really DO offer me some amazing blogger opportunities. Adding your name to every list out there just means your email in-box will be forever cluttered.
5. Blog. I love my blog design. Always have, always will. But… I realize that everything needs to evolve at some point and that means my design too. I’m really hoping to re-invent my blog within the next few months so don’t be surprised if you start seeing some weird changes. My fabulous blog designer is no longer in business (sad face) so I’m left to my own devices. That can be pretty scary considering I have no idea what I’m doing. If you know anything about using Thesis and WordPress, help is always welcome (hint hint).