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.