There is one simple reason I don’t read some blogs I follow. Their posts come up in my Reader but not an email notification.
Yes it is that simple loyal yet disgruntled follower. I have sensory problems (I am autistic, I don’t mention this enough) and I find the Reader format triggering. I have tried to use it 3 times but its a trigger to headaches & sleep so my maximum posts read was 2 in a row.
I have tried to go back to as many as possible & push the email notification buttons but I often can’t find them. I’m sorry! But I thought you should know that it has nothing to do with how interesting your work was.
Ever since the debacle where I didn’t realise you had to push the play button to hear/watch something, and thought we were being asked to “Like” the ideas that were being played elsewhere. Shut up I think a lot of seriously weird things & this wasn’t even in the ball park of my wackier thought processes. Any way, since then I have only ever pressed “Like” after having read the article; I may skim but I’m a very good speed reader so I rarely miss anything. I only push like to convey my admiration; either I enjoy the work, appreciate the author’s sharing of a terrible experience, admire the writing & thought even if I disagree, etc. I will not like your work if I don’t. I sometimes hold certain blogs to even higher standards; for example not “Liking” their post if its below their usual standard or their quotes if I fundamentally disagree with them.
But I am running out of time and energy to read all the posts. So if you blog multiple times a day (good on you that is your right) but I might pick 2. If your post is about writing and I am not at the stage you are talking about I skip it (hoping it will be there if I ever get to that stage). If you review products I’ll pick a few but not all; there are too many. If you quote a lot of the Bible I may skip your post; sorry nothing against the practice but it brings up memories for me. Similarly; horror stays with me too long, I can’t eat cheese and I have my limits for depressing stuff. My point is not that anybody should stop writing this stuff; I can’t believe anyone thinks anyone else should write to their taste. My point is if your post contains these or whatever my daily mood trigger is, in them I may not read them even if I think your writing or art is brilliant.
I love my followers, I love so much of the stuff that is being posted out there. For the reasons above and other reasons I will go into later don’t take it personally if I don’t “Like” or read all of your posts.
And if you wish me, and technical nitwits like me, to visit create a prominent Follow by email button.
By the way I got a lot of ideas & inspiration for this post from the grumpy man at Harsh Reality, this is a phenomenal blog, he hates it when people steal his ideas and I may have so I am giving him the credit he deserves.
Pictures from Pixabay.