New bloggers: Following Back

A while back, a new blogger asked me to follow his blog, or maybe it was her blog. With an unusual name, it was hard to tell if this person was male or female. I ignored the request. Although I follow some blogs that interest me, because I have over 900 followers, I don’t have time to read and respond to more than 900 blog posts per day. I’m glad that Beetleypete is of the same mindset. So, if you’re a new blogger, I suggest you read this. By the way, if you’re already following me, thank you.


This is some advice for all new bloggers who think it is ‘normal’ to ask other bloggers to follow back, once they have followed someone’s blog.

Try to remember that many of the blogs you decide to follow have been around for a very long time before you discovered them. That means it takes up a great deal of time to not only produce content for the blogs, but also to reply to comments, and read and comment on the blogs they already follow.

Imagine my own blog, with 8,000+ followers. If I had followed back every one of those, I would need to live five lifetimes just to read their posts and leave comments.

When we have been blogging for five years or more, it usually means we have already followed as many bloggers as we can possibly cope with. In my case, that is close to 120, and…

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

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