You guys always inspire me with your comments. I thought for the next few Mondays I'd tackle some of the topics brought up in the comment stream from last Monday's post (I Stopped Reading You Today).
Today I want to talk about our interests, both shared and uncommon. The reason I have so many blogs on my reader is because I have so many interests. I read writer blogs, as many of us do, but also blogs that focus on marketing and copywriting.
I garden, so there are gardening blogs, homesteading blogs, and green-living blogs. I have animals, so throw in blogs about dogs, goats, chickens, and rabbits. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool frugalista and there are at least a hundred blogs on my reader that list coupons, freebies, and practical tips to save money or DIY projects.
That's the big picture, but what about drilling down to the details? Why do I read some posts and not others? When do I comment and when do I just store the information away?
When it comes to writer blogs, I rarely read or comment on new releases or excerpts unless A) It's a friend of mine. Or B) The tagline is so compelling I have to give that person a pat on the back.
But I hardly ever read writing advice. Most of the advice out there is regurgitated and old news. My thinking is that unless this is your first rodeo, you already know all the steps to this dance. I know how to write. Only practice and excellent crit partners will make me better.
And those hundred-odd blogs on saving money? Unless it's new-to-me, I can scan those and then delete.
What I do read religiously are friends' blogs, posts that help me be a better animal caretaker, and most gardening posts.
I like reading about my friends' personal lives. It's interesting to me and it makes me a better friend if I know what's happening with them.
Animal and gardening blogs are like information candy. I can't get enough of them. No matter how much I think I know about animals, there are other people with far more experience. It's an honor and a gift to be among sages who can help me be a better caregiver.
Blog reading is a selfish pursuit--at least for me. I read for myself first.
What about you? What kind of blog topics are automatic reads for you? What do you tend to skip?