Here are three reasons why 11-year-old Gloson Teh unsubscribes from blogs:
1. The blog updates too fast and he can’t catch up with the posts.
2. The posts drop in quality.
3. The blog changes topics, e.g. from blogging tips to golfing tips.
Those are good reasons–but there’s another: Because it’s time for a change.
I wrote (what some considered) a contentious blog post three months ago about changing my Twitter use and unfollowing everyone.
My Twitter experience couldn’t be more productive, as I’m more focused. I search the public timeline every day for specific keywords relevant to my business; and opt to either 1) reply to the person to get more information or to interject with my thoughts, or 2) retweet to share that value, usually an external link, with you.
When I followed more tweeps than I do now, my incoming stream was noisy. I recognize some are OK with the noise, but I needed a change and felt unfollowing was the best, albeit drastic, way. In retrospect, it was a positive decision.
Fast forward to now
I made a similar decision moments ago, when I chose to delete these 149 blogs from my feed reader. Click the link, and maybe you will see your name. But you know what? Even if your blog is not in the list of those I subscribed to doesn’t mean I didn’t read your blog. Like my Twitter usage, I don’t need to subscribe to a blog to read it, comment on it, and share it.
I reckon the coming days will be a time of transition for me as I determine which blogs I want to subscribe to, and which blogs I’d rather track through other means, e.g. Twitter keywords.
In the end, I have a two-fold goal on both Twitter (and other social networking sites) and through blogs: to increase my productivity and improve my time management, and for me to learn from one of you and share that value with the rest of you.
Thank you for joining me as we explore social media together, learning something new every day and seeing where that knowledge takes us.
UPDATE: Responding to some Twitter chatter, I’d like to say that I am not cutting some people from my RSS subscription list, but cutting everyone. Like my April 2009 strategy to unfollow everyone on Twitter, I opted to reduce the noise in my feed reader. I’ve since followed a number of people on Twitter and I am in the process of following a number of blogs by RSS. Since my Twitter following list was then public information, I felt it polite to share my RSS list. And, yes, some old (and new) blogs are already on it.