More Efficient Blogging – Bookmarks have arrived!

I’m doing a blogging double feature today because I want to update you on my effort to keep up with more blogs. The WordPress reader, as I use it, is just inadequate for that, and it takes too much time to chase down links on my blogrolls. Even using the autocomplete to fill in addresses manually is too inefficient. So, I have a two-fold problem.

1. Part of blogging, at least the way I do it, is reading and commenting on blogs. Especially the blogs of people who stop by and regularly comment on our posts.  That’s more than 50 individuals at this point, and every one of them are good bloggers who consistently post things that are worth the time. In fact, I met nearly all them because I liked their blogs enough to leave a first comment. Which is very cool. I feel honored to have that many good bloggers hanging out with me, but it’s a lot of visiting. Which means a lot of page loading.

2. This problem snowballed on me over the past couple of months to the point that there are several blogs I’m only able to touch every two or three weeks. Which isn’t often enough for me. Even Diana has to send me heads-ups to be sure I see things at Part Time Monster when she needs feedback. That’s how wide a circle I travel on the social media.

Here’s what I’ve done, and perhaps it will help. I’ve set up a series of individual bookmark folders in my browser so that I can open entire folders at once. Most have six blogs in them. Some have more, and they contain links to the blogs of the 50 bloggers who interact with me most often, unless I’ve left someone out. And people get credit for consistent likes, facebook interaction, and tweeting with me. So It’s not just about commenting here. I’m not saying which blogs, specifically, I’ve added. But the folder structure is as follows:

  • Blogs (parent folder, on my bookmarks bar so I can get to the rest of the folders with ease).
  • Wednesday/Sunday – The largest folder. For blogs I need to make a point of keeping up with twice a week consistently.
  • One folder each for the other days of the week.
  • One folder for people who blog about one of my favorite topics, for anytime use, but I’ll look at it a minimum of once a week.
  • Look (Couldn’t think of a better name. For bloggers I’m just meeting and starting up a conversation with, so they don’t get completely lost and think I’m uninterested or only willing to talk at my blog. Also, a minimum of once a week).

This doesn’t mean I’m going to use this in a rigid way and these are the only blogs I’m paying attention to. I’ll still use my reader to like and comment. I’ll still follow referrals and pings. I’ll still check out blogs when I see new people liking and commenting. I’ll still give feedback to people who ask for it specifically because they think I might have something that’s useful for a project. The once a week/twice a week rule is a minimum, not a maximum. These visits are check-ins, basically. To let folks know I’m paying attention and be sure they don’t get lost in my reader ever again.

Will it help? No idea. But visiting six or seven blogs a day this way shouldn’t take me one bit longer than it takes me to answer Twitter notifications or check my private Facebook messages. Especially since I can load all the pages at once and use the tabbed browsing to hop from one to the other 🙂

Have a great week! I’ll have a preview of the week ahead for you tomorrow.

18 thoughts on “More Efficient Blogging – Bookmarks have arrived!

  1. With around 500 blogs in my WordPress reader, I find it very difficult to keep up with everything. I’ve thought about organising my bookmarks, although differently than you. I think I’ll have to.


    • I have about that many in my personal reader. I follow fewer with the Sourcerer account. But even so, I still miss people who post at schedules that are so different from my reading time I never see them.

      Also, thinking about adding the ones I’ve bookmarked to bloglovin’ because I have an account there I set up but have never used, and it will email you a daily digest of all the ones you’ve following who have posted that day. So, you can scan a single email and figure out which ones to go and read.


  2. There’s just no way I can keep up with writing, classes, life and the bloggers who stop by, authors I like, great info sites…and the likes. I set aside time at least once a week to make my rounds. I may not hit everyone every week, but hopefully no one gets neglected. I’ve tried the rigid structure, but it didn’t work for me. If I find something better, I’ll let you know.


    • Cool! thanks, and if you find the silver bullet, do let me know 🙂

      I’m in a better situation as far as the time goes,I don’t have classes atm, and my work is only demanding, time-wise at a few times out of the year.

      Even if this works, I’ll still not seeing everyone every week. This like the minimal interaction with the people who I’m sure are welcoming friendships. Still tons of bloggers around the edges of the circle who I am aware of and enjoy reading, but know nothing about, really, and have only talked to a few times.

      Given the number of followers I have, and the length of time I’ve been at this, the depth of this network blows my mind. I seem to be doing something very right.


    • It’s great, because if you open a folder all at once, as long as you keep it to 10 or less, a moderately-powered computer opens all the tabs almost as quickly as it opens one.

      Just based on my A-to-Z experience in April, visiting 6-7 blogs, reading closely enough to leave a decent comment and then leaving a comment is about an hour of surfing for me. But of course, that will vary depending on the type of posts, how quickly you read, etc.


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