So, about a couple of months ago, I posted an interactive discussion on my blog about what makes people follow book blogs and suprisingly, that post became my most popular post till date. I mentioned in that discussion that I would probably do another post on why people unfollow book blogs, and today I thought to myself : why not now?
So this post is going to be about reasons why I unfollow book blogs. This post too, like the previous one, is going to be an interactive discussion. I want to know all the reasons why YOU unfollow blogs, and how you decide these things!
[Also : This post is NOT created to spread negativity.]
I unfollow blogs quite liberally. I know a lot of people here look down about bloggers unfollowing other bloggers, but I have reasons to do so and I’ve never, till date, felt sorry or guilty over unfollowing any blog. Below are five reasons why I unfollow blogs :
One regular habit I have is go through all the blogs I follow every 2-3 months, and check out what all the blogs have been posting and how often they post. The one things which immediately makes me unfollow blogs is if they haven’t posted in over 20 days. I get that bloggers have lives and they get busy but inactivity really bugs me. And I’m not even saying that everyone has to post daily, but making an appearance once a week simply shows that you care. It’s a different story if you have already announced a hiatus and you’re in need of a break, but disappearing without a word for a month just shows negligence.
Steering Away from the Topic of the Blog
If your blog is a book blog, but you suddenly pop up this new feature which has nothing to do with books, and regularly keep featuring such unrelated things, there is a high chance I might just hit the unfollow. I am very particular about the content I like to see on my feed, and when a blog consistently posts things which are unrelated to books and not so very interesting (to me) then I don’t see the point of following the blog. Posting random things once in a while is okay, but if you post it every other day, then sorry but I’d rather not follow you and scrool through your post every time I open my feed!
Reviewing Books I’m Not Interested In
This might come off as shallow, but it’s how I am. The most informative/important aspect of a book blog is book reviews. So of course, I’d only really be interested in a book blog if it posts reveiws of books I know about/want to know about/am interested in. If a book blog suddenly starts posting reviews of books I’ve never heard of, then there is high chance that I end up unfollowing it, because I’m not really getting any new/important information from the blog. I’m not saying that a book blog always has to post reviews of popular books, but if suddenly, the blogger stars posting reviews of only new adult books, then there’s a high chance I’m unfollowing.
Undoing the Impulsive Follows
If you read my blog post of why I follow book blogs, you probably know that aesthetics matter to me. Whenever I see a book blog that is exceptionally pretty, I usually hit the follow button, after making sure that the blogger is regular and the interests match mine. However, once the posts start appearing in my feed, anytime I notice something off in the blog – like the writing, or the tone of the blogger – I tend to unfollow. If I’m not a fan of the writing, or the way the blogger structures his/her posts and what all the blogger posts, then it’s basically cue for me to undo my impulsive action – and unfollow.
Not Commenting Back
I get that bloggers can get busy too, but can’t you take out even one day to answer your comments? Or, at least, acknowledge them? I sometime fall behind on commenting back too, and I’m late in replying too and often mess up things, but bloggers who just don’t give a fuck are really annoying. What’s even more annoying is when bloggers reply selectively to comments. That is so unfair. Honestly, not replying to comments shows neglect and meanness, and I don’t even care that I myself am coming off as mean right now – but it is how it is. Sigh.
So those were the five reasons why I end up unfollowing book blogs!