Blogging Thoughts and Tidbits

I spent some time tonight going through my WordPress subscriptions for blogs I follow. Through this process a few thoughts, observations and suggestions arose I thought worth sharing. Some of them are repetitive from comments of other longtime bloggers – many share similar suggestions.

I started this process because I was missing updates from several bloggers I admire. So into the WordPress reader I went. If you have not done this, it might be well worth your time. (The Reader is an aggregator of blogs you follow – they can be WordPress or other blogs as well.)

The initial screen looks something like this.

Now, click the red MANAGE button. You will get a screen that includes all of the blogs you follow.

Now if you click the settings button, the settings window will open. From here you can select whether or not you want to receive notifications of a new post, if you want them emailed to you and how frequently, and whether or not you want to be notified of new comments via email.


For some reason, when I follow new blogs, WordPress now seems to default to emailing me all posts. I follow too many blogs to receive and manage that many emails. So, I choose which blogs I want to be emailed about and which ones I will keep up with in reader. My settings were all discombobulated, thus me losing posts I really wanted to read.

Now onto my refresher points about blogging in general.

  • Comments. Askimet does a great job in catching most spam. But that does not mean it is perfect. Often times, comments from blogging friends get swept into the Spam folder. Check your Spam folder often. Make sure there are no comments you want to approve, then do a bulk edit and delete the remaining comments. On average, I get 30 or so new Spam Comments every day. It is easier to delete them a few at a time.
  • If you have a harassing troll, you can always block them from your blog. You can always block words, too, and send those comments directly to trash. I block certain words. I still check the trash before I delete it.
  • Please do not leave me a comment every day asking me to follow your blog. I won’t. I decide what blogs to follow based on what a blogger writes about. I rarely follow business blogs unless it is something of great interest to me. Blogging is my peaceful place.
  • Gravatar. If you do not have one, create on. This is generally one of the first places we look to decide if we think a comment is legitimate. If you have a Gravatar, look and see if it needs to be updated.
  • I have two follow buttons on my blog. One allows a follow that goes directly to the WordPress reader – this is intended, I think, for WordPress followers. There is another to strictly follow by email. Having only the email follow may discourage someone from following your blog.
  • Think about added a search Widget to your blog. It is a nice way for followers to find a post they may want to re-read.
  • Consider adding the Widget which allows your blog to be translated into other languages.
  • Leaving Comments. If you follow a blog, leave thoughtful comments. And if others comment on your blog, respond in kind.
  • When to stop commenting. Each blog only allows for a certain number of nested comments. This can become, who says the last word – or like my southern rooted family trying to say goodby – it goes on forever. I would love to know when you decide to stop replying. Thoughts?
  • Lastly, there are a number of bloggers who no longer write posts and no longer comment. Let’s face it, blogging is not for everyone. The question becomes, do you continue to follow blogs that appear to be abandoned? Be careful before deleting. One blogger I admire had heart surgery and was gone for an extended time, so I was happy to see them back. At some point, though, maybe they moved on. I have a few bloggers who are deceased, and I keep them in my follows because some are nice to revisit from time to time.

As always, I enjoy reading your perspective. Now I am off to update my own Gravatar!


19 thoughts on “Blogging Thoughts and Tidbits”

  1. Blogging is not easy but these are great advices 😉 Is important to organise the notifications…sometimes I miss blogs that I want to read too, then I go to their blogs individually …🤪 Happy blogging!

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  2. On your question, WP allows up to 10(?) levels of nesting, but I think defaults to 3. I set mine to the max instead. Just so it makes the most sense to anybody coming across the post later. In real life, I never got to 10 levels yet. And when do I stop commenting? Basically, when there is nothing more to say. I’m not one for saying “thank you for your comment”, or somesuch, because that is a given.

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  3. Nicely done, Maggie. It saves me doing another one of my ‘blogging advice’ posts too. I was surprised to see that you follow over 200 blogs. I sometimes struggle to manage 100, and some of those have not been active at all this year.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I am not a faithful reader on all those blogs and I will admit, some are followed and then unfollowed if the content falls i to an area that doesn’t jive with me. Sometimes there is one or two great posts and then the writer seems to drift off into oblivion.

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  4. Of course I agree with all you’ve said here. Made me laugh out loud with this: “Please do not leave me a comment every day asking me to follow your blog. I won’t.” Amen, sister. Where do people even get the idea that a comment asking for a follow works?

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    1. Exactly. Two weeks ago, one blogger left me a comment every day saying nothing about what I had written but instead asked me to follow his blog. I always peek, but if it is a business selling something, you are SOL.

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  5. Good advice, Maggie. I really ought to do a bit of housework on Reader and manage things better as I receive email notifications for blogs I rarely visit. Usually, they are bloggers who followed my blog – so I followed theirs but they have never visited mine again. Time to tidy them up and away.

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  6. I have limited myself to spending about 90 minutes a day for WordPress. This means I follow a limited number of blogs so that I can comment on most of them When I am catching up after some issue at home, I don’t try to comment on each I have missed, but just read and like them. If someone has already has 50+ comments and I am behind, I don’t write a comment. I do look at my spam folder now and then and have found comments that weren’t spam. I have definitely blocked some readers.

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    1. I am finding just responding to comments after five days without power rather daunting. Reading everyone’s blog and trying to catch ip most likely will not happen.

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  7. Since I prefer email notifications to the Reader, I end up continuing to follow blogs that have gone fallow. It’s always a wonderful feeling when I get a notification from someone who hasn’t published a post in a very long time. Good advice on the search and translate widgets. Janet, over at, and I had an extremely long series of comments. She wrote a six-word Saturday post, and I replied with a six-word comment. We went back and forth until the following Saturday. We did have to start some new comments, but it was fun.

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