March 23, 2011
which has me a little crazy. the last time i looked at the A-Z linky on Arlee's blog, there were 583 participants. (i'm sure that number has grown even as i've worked on this post.)
my brain is asking, "how the heck will i visit them all? or half? or a third? and when i visit, should i follow or not?"
i debated posting about the subject, since so many others have already. then i saw that Arlee Bird had posted part of a conversation we had on following and then gave his own take on the subject. as i read through it, and then read the comments, i realized that there are other bloggers who feel the way i do about following.
i think the thing he said that i agree with the most was this:
I only hit the follower button if I feel that there might be a possibility of some future blogging relationship, even if it seems remote at the time. There have been blogs that I have followed that initially seemed of little interest to me, (this is Michelle here - i usually don't follow a blog that doesn't interest me.) but there was something there that spoke to the future. The act of following may amount to nothing in the long run or it might eventually blossom into something special in the future. It's like a business adding people to a mailing list. Not everyone will become a customer, but maybe someday they will.
and then his final words on the number of blogs to read...
On Monday I passed 700 followers and currently the sign-ups for A to Z are most certainly destined to go past the 600 mark. That's a lot of blogs that neither you nor I will ever be able to visit on a daily basis. I don't think anyone has been fooled into thinking otherwise. Just like the local library has more books than I'll ever be able to read in a lifetime--but it's nice to know that they're all available just in case there happens to be one I'm looking for.
it's like going to a party where i don't know anyone (which is a huge challenge to me). i can either sit on the couch and wait for people to come to me or i can introduce myself to as many people as i can handle and maybe i'll find someone who can bring something into my life, or i can bring something to theirs. but if i don't go to the party, i'll never meet anyone.