Following others

The prompt for this week’s Wicked Wednesday is:


I have said it in many other posts before, but allow me to say it again. When I started out in the blogging community, I started following different blogs. Many of those blogs have helped me to understand myself better. It helped me to understand that what I wanted and what I felt I needed was not strange, that it was not something that I have to deny. It helped me to understand that I am different from others, but not a queer, as I many times thought I was.

When I say I started out to follow those blogs, I did not click on their URL’s every day, but once a blog interested me and I knew I wanted to read it frequently, I clicked on the follow buttons and entered my e-mail address. From then on I got an e-mail alert every time the blog owner has posted something new. This worked perfectly for me, as I could leave those e-mails in my inbox and read at my own leisure. With my full time job and trying to make a success of my own blog, I just did and do not have the time to check those blogs every day to see whether something has been posted. Therefore, getting e-mail alerts is perfect. Sometimes, when a blog really interested me I would go back to it, just using the URL, but eventually I forgot and moved on. Saving the URL just did not work for me.

This was another lesson that those different blogs I started following have taught me: to have my own follow button on my blog. I wanted to make sure that it was easy for other people to follow me. I started out on Blogger when I just started blogging and back then I signed up with Feedburner. At the time I was already ‘jealous’ of the good following system that WordPress had, but I was too deep into blogger to just start all over on WordPress. When I moved over from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog, I stayed with Feedburner.

So why am I telling you all this?

I make a point of reading and commenting on every Wicked Wednesday and Sinful Sunday entry and sometimes I browse the websites of the new players. Some of those blogs are stunning and I really want to follow them. I look for the follow button, click it and, enter my e-mail address. Or I add it to my WordPress reader and then change the settings in there, that I want an e-mail as soon as the blog owner has posted something new.

However, recently I have come across a lot of blogs that do not have any kind of follow button on them. I have tried to add those blogs to my reader, using the URL, but then I don’t have the e-mail option. Eventually, after I have tried everything, I gave up. Okay no, I don’t give up entirely. I stumble across those same blogs again when they link themselves to Wicked Wednesday or Sinful Sunday and each time I regret that those are the only posts I am alerted about.

As a blogger, I like comments. Not only receiving them, but giving them too. I like to know that what I have written is read by others. I don’t think I am the only blogger who likes this. When you put your words out there, you want it to be read and you prefer to receive comments too, right? Right. This is one of the reasons why I have made it easier for people to follow: by adding the option for them to follow my blog through e-mail.

Do you have a follow button that I can click?

© Rebel’s Notes

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15 thoughts on “Following others

  1. I had been relying on people realising that they can follow via email by using the RSS tab as I have email subscriptions enabled via Google feed burner. I now feel that people may not be aware of the full options available through feed burner so have added the “follow via email” into my sidebar again.

    Thank you for yet another insightful and thought provoking post!

    ~Mia~ xx

    1. I have been receiving email updates from your blog for almost as long as my own blog exists. Your blog was one of the first I started to follow 🙂

      Rebel xox

  2. Thanks to your post, I was actually curious enough to seek around to find this feature, which I did. It was amazingly simple, and something that I simply did not think of (I just copy the URL into my reading list, which still allows me to read at my leisure); but just because I don’t follow in this way, doesn’t mean that others follow another way.

    1. And in the meantime I have found your email follow button and am now receiving updates of your blog in my email. Thanks for that!

      Rebel xox

  3. nice point. mine is kind of hidden, like a secret, not because i want it that way, but because i didn’t know any better when i started. it’s time to fix it. likewise, i have found some other blogs i love each week, and having an easy follow button helps me.

    1. As far as I know I receive email updates from your blog, so I must have figured out where your hidden button is… now that sounds kind of dirty, right? 😉

  4. I totally agree as well. Email is something I check daily. I don’t always check everything else. However, with my blog, the plugin I was using has had an error for the last few days. It completely took away the widget that allowed for email subscribers. I even had to change my giveaway entry to a free entry because the widget vanished. Looking into what to do to fix it. 🙂

    ~ Beck

    1. I hope you get the button fixed as making it easier for people to follow along is an important part of the success of a blog, in my opinion 🙂

      Rebel xox

  5. That is really awesome advice and something I’d never considered. I figured with twitter and FB I had it covered. I’m off to figure out how to add a follow button to my site.

    1. Great that I have sparked an idea in your mind and I will surely click the follow button as soon as it’s on your site 🙂

      Rebel xox

  6. I love reading other people’s takes on things to gain insight on the journey. I get really busy with work and so many times I have to put my reading on hold, so I agree having the notifier emails is helpful!

    ~Kazi xxx

    1. Just like you I love to read as much as possible too, because many times what others write does help me too! So yes, emails are great!

      Rebel xox

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