When I first signed up for wordpress, I’d spend an hour or more scrolling through tags and my reader reading people’s posts. I stopped doing that for a while and I can’t pinpoint an exact reason why besides general life. I’ve noticed a lull in readership, too (which is of course preposturous that people wouldn’t be reading my blog, pfffft. sarcasm.) and from what I’ve seen of some other’s blogs, they’ve had lulls too. It seems the reading has slowed down a bit.
This week I’ve been on wordpress three times and each time I decided to actually scroll through my reader and even browse one of my favourite tags. I came across some great posts and discovered some new blogs that I’m going to enjoy following. It’s been good. It felt like the original wordpress times when your notifications would be full and you’d have a good feeling after reading certain posts. I missed getting glimpses into writer’s lives all over the world.
I think some of us need a little hint to get back into reading posts. We’re busy (well, I’m kinda not… but I understand regular people actually have these things called ‘lives’) and have higher priorities, which is why sitting down to wordpress can take allocated time. That said, perhaps take one or two sit-downs this week just to discover old and new blogs.
Go out and read 5 posts in a tag or tags of your choice. Branch out! Go and read 5 posts in your reader. Remind yourself why you’re following these people. Go and catch up on your favourite blog’s posts if you haven’t had time to lately. Keep in touch. Enjoy that feeling of reading posts once more. The tragic, the funny, the sad, the simple, the genius, the creative.
And if you want to, link a post you’ve written that you’re proud of if it hasn’t had much attention lately. Readers and I will have the opportunity to read it. Consider the comments a chance for you to brag without conceit and to meet other bloggers.
For all of us wordpress users who haven’t been reading as much for a while, let’s get back into it. And hell yeah to those who keep up their reading!