Matthew MacNish asked Why Follow? on his blog post last Friday. It's a great post, If you haven't seen it, I recommend reading it. This post made me think about a related topic I have been considering posting on. How I follow. As part of the Platform Building Campaign, I have started following new blogs (and have picked up new followers here-- welcome all!,). But what does it mean when I follow your blog?
I follow several blogs (posted on the left side here) without expecting to be followed back (although I am grateful to all of you who do!). When I visit a blog (either following a link from another post or stumbling upon it another way) I read a few posts and look around. If I think it is something I will be interested in following, I look for the follow button or RSS feed button on your blog (if you don't have one, you should so I can follow you more easily.), then add you to my Google reader. And here is where the magic happens for me. Every time you update your blog, it appears in my reader. I will click on the link and read your blog in the bubble that opens (sometimes I have to go to the original item as the entire post doesn't show.)
For everyone I follow -- I do read your posts. I just don't always comment on them. I can't. With working, being a wife and mother, and writing, I don't have enough time to. But, I do read them, and will comment on ones that peak my interest, or when I have something to add to the conversation going on in the comments.
How about you? How do you follow?