I have about 40 blogs in my feed reader. Is that a lot? I have no idea. Then again, about half of them post pretty infrequently, so it’s not like I have to catch up with 40 people’s doings every day, or even every week.

Of these:

  • 4 are people I knew in real life (I hate that phrase – is the internet just imaginary?) before they started blogging
  • 5 are people I met in real life after following their blogs
  • 6 are people with whom I’ve had no contact, and I read them regularly but never comment (often because they don’t permit comments)
  • 3 are well-known writers who happen to have blogs, rather than well-known bloggers
  • 21  (the largest group) are people on whose blogs I regularly comment and with whom I’ve also had some other kind of direct contact; email, facebook, twitter or flickr. In fact if I like your blog it’s highly likely that at some point I’ve tried to make contact with you in some way, if only to say that I like your blog.
  • I haven’t counted “blogs” in my feed reader which are part of magazines or news sites. I’m talking about people who just decide to share their thoughts online for free, not journalists.

4 thoughts on “IRL

  1. Mum& Dad October 18, 2009 / 11:59 am

    What is a FEED READER? I don’t think I have one, Do I?


  2. simon October 18, 2009 / 1:14 pm

    I’ll show you when you come over, Dad.


  3. Di October 22, 2009 / 7:22 pm

    Ummm yum! We need to talk about this music. Hey, do you have the music from the movie ‘ The Son’s Room’? I might have something that interests you actually.


  4. Peter October 26, 2009 / 3:07 pm

    I noticed I’m rapidly moving towards favouring the “well-known writers who happen to have blogs” category.

    After I started off blogging, it became a “I’ll read yours if you’ll read mine” kind of experience with the people I’d met while blogging.

    And although I still enjoy some of their posts, the quality of professional writers at (just an example) the Huffington Post cannot be beaten.


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