Why am I unsubscribing to your blog?

January 13, 2015 Fun Questions 56

Fun Questions LogoJoin me every Tuesday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Why am I unsubscribing to your blog?

This actually has nothing to do with content, frequency of posting, things in common, etc. I’m not going to stop following blogs – I’m unsubscribing to them. Let me explain…

About 6 months ago, I decided to try following blogs via email. I found that just checking in on a list of favorite blogs wasted time – there wasn’t always new posts. And bloglovin hasn’t worked for me for a while, because I followed EVERYONE and their sister on there. So I switched to email subscriptions. But email subscriptions have taken over my inbox. I tried creating rules and folders, but that was a disaster. So I’m unsubscribing gradually.

The thing is, I know a lot of people track their subscriptions closely. I don’t want to hurt feelings – I’m unsubscribing to your blog, but I’m still following you. I don’t really track stats or subscriptions, but for those that do, I imagine you’ll notice that I’ve unsubscribed. It’s not personal, don’t feel bad!

What you won’t be able to tell is that I’m now following you via RSS. I’ve recently (in the past two months or so) started following blogs via an RSS reader on my phone and while it’s still not the perfect system – the perfect system involves unlimited amounts of time to read and comment – it’s much easier for me to keep up and to read on the go. It’s probably not going to help your stats like an email subscription would, but at least this way I’m actually seeing your posts, right?

How do you follow blogs? Do you ever worry that when you unsubscribe feelings will be hurt?

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56 Responses to “Why am I unsubscribing to your blog?”

  1. Lola
    Twitter:

    I used to follow some blogs by e-mail, but eventually I switched by bloglovin, gradually I have been unsubscribing from those I still follow by e-mail and switching them to bloglovin as well. I usually don’t keep a close track on who’s subscribed to my blog by e-mail, but I dod receive e-mails from bloglovin when someone new follows my blgo and weekly changes, it’s sad to see when someone unsubscribes. But then again if people changed their follow method or decide they don’t like my blog anymore it’s their right to unfollow, so I try to not let it bother em too much.
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  2. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    I know this is really weird but I use both bloglovin and feedly. I never use email subs because I also hate too much going into my mail box. I have a hard enough time as out is keeping it clean. I think I’ll even be turning off some notification settings on Twitter and I wish I could turn them off on Facebook….I think I can usually I’m too lazy to bother to look. That’s nice that you put this post up because it really is interesting seeing how people follow and how they keep it all organized.
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  3. Anya

    Haha yes! I’ve honestly never understood how people can manage following blogs via email since I get so overwhelmed with the amount of mail I get as it is! Plus, some days I don’t want to think about blogging stuff so I don’t go to my feed reader and save up for when I do want to look through things. Mostly I just don’t like having a bunch of unread/waiting messages in my inbox, haha. I do sometimes look to see who actually unsubscribed from my email list since MailChimp shows you, but I found that just leads to insecurity so I don’t look anymore 😉
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  4. Trish

    I use bloglovin to follow people and really only unsubscribe when I find I’m marking all a blogs content as read as it just doesn’t interest me or when a blog is no longer active. I always find blogs via The Sunday Post and Twitter. Works for me 🙂
    And I agree following too many blogs by email would be a nightmare. I have limited to a few only and I find that I rarely comment on those blogs as I tend to just read the email and close it. Whereas on bloglovin, I usually click through.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Interesting – I think I was the same way with a lot of email blogs I followed – I read them and never commented. Whereas with the RSS I’m doing much better commenting (this past week excluded…) I’ve often thought about going in and cleaning up bloglovin but I’m too lazy right now LOL
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  5. Nishadha
    Twitter:

    I recommend Feedly, its very easy to use and perfect to quickly browse through your favorite blogs. If the full feed is enabled you don’t even have to visit the blog to read the content. And you can share on social media without leaving the service.
    Also it allows you to create folder structures to easily manage your blogs. Definitely a must try if you’re having trouble with subscriptions.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yeah, I’m with you on the email subs! I should probably take the time to go to bloglovin and organize it! But I do have folders for my RSS reader now, so that’s a step in the right direction 🙂
      Berls recently posted…2014 Book of the Year | FinalsMy Profile

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That’s really smart – I’ve definitely thought about going back and reorganizing my Bloglovin, but I’ve kind of setup my RSS reader that way now – with groups. I’m hoping this approach – which is like my 4th approach! – will work for me finally!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Lorna 🙂 Exactly! That’s why I’m switching to RSS – I feel like that way I’m less likely to just delete a whole bunch without even looking, since they won’t be overwhelming by inbox. The holidays set me back two – I think they set most people back.
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  6. Lupdilup

    I use my Yahoo home page, I have added all the RSS feeds from blogs I follow closely and I see them as soon as i sign in. I never done much of e-mail subscription, in fact I never had the option on my blog until last year. Although I love getting the e-mails right when there’s a new post, but I haven’t subscribed to too many, so I can imagine how crazy the inbox must get if you have.
    I think I’m going to start using blogloving more often so I can see every one’s blogs in one spot.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I didn’t know Yahoo home page had that option, neat! I liked following by email, but it got too overwhelming… maybe if I were to combine and do some email and the rest RSS it might work better.
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  7. Lark
    Twitter:

    I use Bloglovin, but I must admit that I set up separate categories for my favorite book blogs and blogs I check in on less frequently. I’d love to visit all the blogs every day, but there just is no way; I don’t have that kind of time! So I check in on favorites several times a week and the rest of them I skim through once a week or so and visit posts that grab my eye. Periodically, I move a blog onto the favorites list, because I’ve come to really appreciate their posts.

    It’s a dilemma, isn’t it? Wanting to be supportive and also discover new blogs, vs. trying to keep up with the blogs you already follow and the friends you’ve made.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yeah, it’s really impossible to juggle! And when you get even slightly busy at home, then it all goes to hell. I have a really hard time keeping up with commenting on the blogs I follow and I’ve gotten so that I have to just do my best and let what doesn’t get done not get done without worrying about it. But I’m a perfectionist so it’s hard!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Well I hope it works for me LOL! I’ve tried so many systems and ultimately I think what I need is more time. But if I can keep it somewhat manageable with the RSS Reader, that will be a step in the right direction. It’s working better than emails so far, though I’m still horribly behind 🙁
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  8. Michelle
    Twitter:

    I have a My Favorite Blogs folder in my bookmarks and I go through it all the time visiting each person not by post but just visit and pick which posts interest me. I don’t mind the emails however I haven’t subscribed to a lot only my favorites and that way I can keep up with them if I can’t get to there blogs. I will have to look into the RSS again but at the moment I just am having a hard time visiting (you know why) Great posts this is one of my favorite of yours 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m with you Michelle – I’m having a super hard time visiting people right now too and I don’t have even half the reasons you do! I tried keeping up just having a favorites tab, but that didn’t work for me. I never knew how many I still needed to get to or who had posted. But I have a feeling I’ll be talking about the best way to follow two years from now because it will still be a challenge for me!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL I didn’t know how to use RSS either until I started playing around with it one day. Turns out there’s a feed link that the RSS readers use and then you can just have all your posts from every blog you follow organized in the RSS reader. Kinda cool and (so far) easier for me to use. It’s a lot like Bloglovin really, except I have an app on my phone, which makes things easier for me.
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  9. Angie F.

    And that is why I have never, and will never subscribe by e-mail. I do not want my inbox flooded with every single post by every single blog I’m following. I’m very happy using Feedly. It’s perfect for me! All the blogs in one place, separated into folders. I can quickly delete post I know I won’t read and leave the ones I want for later. If I was getting e-mails, I’d likely become overwhelmed and just delete them all! And that’s not good for anybody! Even if an e-mail subscription would give them nice stats to brag about. 😛
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yeah, that’s pretty much what eventually happened with my email subscriptions, which is why I tried to figure out a new way. Feedly seems to be an RSS reader too, so I guess that’s the way a lot of people follow!
      Berls recently posted…2014 Book of the Year | FinalsMy Profile

  10. Heidi

    I have kept my Bloglovin subscription down to the blogs I want to read daily period. I don’t add new blogs randomly because this has been the best way for me to keep track of the blogs I want to read. I can only imagine the hassle of having to wade through all the email and such. Bloglovin is quick and convenient if you only have about twenty blogs to follow and if I miss a day or two, I can quickly mark all the posts read and start clean. No hassle of deleting emails and such. I would recommend going through and unsurbscribing to all the blogs on Bloglovin you don’t read daily and just have a select few.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I may do that actually. I know it works really well for a lot of people. I’m thinking I might keep RSS on my phone for the blogs I want to try and stop by daily and then clean up bloglovin and use it for the blogs I want to visit periodically. I like the idea of being able to start clean so easily!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      My app is called RSS Central – it’s on my Windows Phone, which means it’s probably not an app you’ll have unless you have windows phone (they have a very different app selection from most). But if you go to your app store and type in RSS reader, there should be some decent options. I got started blogging when Google’s Reader was on the decline, so I never got to really use it, but I’ve heard a lot of people say they miss it.
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  11. Rachelle
    Twitter:

    I follow blogs mostly be email, but I’m very picky about the blogs I choose to follow. That way, my inbox isn’t overflowing with emails I’m just going to delete. However, sometimes I get a little “follow” crazy and end up having to do a purge on not only my email but all my social media. I don’t feel bad about unfollowing someone’s blog that I’m not interested in any longer. If someone’s feelings are hurt by that, then they might want to reconsider being a blogger. Maybe that sounds harsh, but I wouldn’t continue subscribing to a magazine that I no longer read, or buy books I don’t enjoy, so why would I follow a blog via email when those emails will get deleted without being read?
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      You make a really good point Rachelle! I know that I don’t take it personally if someone who used to visit my blog stops. I mean, I hate to see them go, but I know there could be any number of reasons they stopped coming by, from personal to my content. But for some reason, I worry about hurting people’s feelings. I’ve always been a bit like that with things though.
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  12. Amanda @ On a Book Bender
    Twitter:

    I’m super picky about what I allow in my inbox, mostly because I don’t want it to get out of hand. (I turn off almost all notifications from social media for that exact reason.) Which means I use RSS to follow people (usually through Feedly). But I also unfollow blogs in Feedly occasionally, often for reasons like I skip over the majority of the blog’s posts or the feed is a partial feed and I never click through.

    I’ve written about unsubscribes before, and really, it’s not something you should take personally. People’s tastes change. Your taste changes. How you want to follow changes. Combine these together, and you’ll see unsubscribes.

    If I unsubscribe and there’s an option for a reason why, I usually add something like, “Following you via RSS instead!” just so they know I’m not leaving. I once had someone unsubscribe from my biz newsletter/blog with saying it used to be about grammar but had become like a writing pep rally — I was SO EXCITED about that reason because that’s exactly what I intended.

    If people are unsubscribing because they’re not reading, you’re only losing someone who isn’t paying attention to your blog anyway. That person is an empty number — an artificial inflation of your actual readers. High subscriber numbers are awesome, but engaged readers are more so.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I totally agree Amanda. I know some people worry so much about their stats, but I think the numbers mean nothing if they’re empty subscribers who never read your posts. I’d rather have people stopping by and not subscribing if they’re reading and commenting periodically.

      That’s too funny about your (un) subscriber – guess they let you know you’re on the right track at least!
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  13. Haley
    Twitter:

    I use an RSS reader to follow blogs. I tried email as well, and I just didn’t like it. It’s probably the easiest in a lot of ways, but for some reason I can’t pinpoint, I just wasn’t a fan of getting posts that way. I’m also not a big fan of the RSS reader I currently use though. I definitely want to switch to either Bloglovin or a different RSS reader. It’s just that I haven’t taken the time to switch everything over yet. I feel like it’ll take a huge amount of time, although that’s partially because I’m following so many blogs and that would give me the perfect opportunity to clean that up (by unfollowing blogs that don’t post anymore and whatnot). I think it’s going to be a project I set to do over the summer when I have more time because it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for probably more than a year now and have just pushed off.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I completely understand how you feel about switching over. I knew I needed to move on from email subscriptions a good 4 months ago or so, but I didn’t because it was a big job. I also probably follow too many blogs. It’s just hard to cut any – except those that don’t post anymore – but it’s equally hard to keep up with them all! And yeah, the email thing didn’t work for me either, so you’re not alone there 🙂
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  14. Stormi
    Twitter:

    I follow a few via email, some cause it’s the only way I seen to follow them, but I am noticing that I just click off a lot without even looking at them. 🙁 I follow most via bloglovin..what exactly does the RSS do..I thought that was just like email??
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I was having the same problem with email, that’s why I needed a new method. So RSS pulls the feed and you just get the posts in your reader. It is similar to email, except you don’t’ get anything sent to you and when you go through it’s pretty easy to decide you want to look at the post closer (most I can read fully right there and leave a comment without doing anything else). I’d say it’s similar to bloglovin, except you get more than the excerpt of posts.
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  15. Bookworm Brandee

    I can totally relate, Berls. My inbox is…ugh! It’s so bad right now, I don’t want to deal with it. So it just gets worse every day. I have been unsubscribing to some blogs that I’ve found I don’t visit often. (or at all) My time is limited – I wish I had more so I could visit everyone’s blogs and comment…but that’s not my reality. And something has to give, right? So thanks for helping me feel a bit better about unsubscribing. 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m glad I’m not alone in this. It’s so hard having to cut the cord, but my inbox is insane and I can’t keep up with anything lately. I’m almost ready to give up on replying to comments (except that I would totally hate myself for that) because I have HUNDREDS of unanswered comments (I have no idea how that happens!) Sometimes something just has to give!
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  16. Melanie Simmons
    Twitter:

    I follow blogs via Bloglovin (and many on Twitter too), but I have put the blogs into groups based on the frequency that I normally visit your site. For example, any site that I want to be sure to check daily, this one, The Book Nympho, Rabid Reads, and many more, I have in Group 1. Then I have Group 2 for blogs that still frequently have posts that I want to see, but might not want to visit every day. I have a total of five groups and a group just for authors. It is not an exact system, but it seems to be working well for me. I hope the RSS feeder works well for you.
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  17. Lexxie
    Twitter:

    I have a special e-mail account I use only for blog-subscriptions 😀 That way, I have one in-box where the only thing I receive is blog-posts.
    It’s difficult, though, because even that way, it’s sometimes really difficult to keep up with everything – and like you, I prefer RSS. I use Feedly for that, though, because I can make different lists, where I have one with bloggers that only post once or twice per week, and one with those I know I want to visit every day, and one for YA, another for UF etc… Yeah, I know – even my RSS feeds have to be organized :p
    I wouldn’t feel sad if you stopped following me by e-mail, though – I think the most important thing is to be able to comment back and forth, not to know how many people get e-mails etc.
    Have a terrific Tuesday, Berls!
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  18. C.M. Boers

    I love this post! I follow a few blogs via subscription. While I don’t comment a ton, I love to see what people think of the world, but that is beside the point. I find my email gets to be around 60
    Message if I don’t check for a day and a half… That’s too much, I’ll be doing the same very soon. Though there are a few I won’t be following as I just didn’t find much interesting.
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  19. Marni J
    Twitter:

    I follow blogs mainly through email. I don’t have the time to go through the mass amounts on Bloglovin. I also use the Blogs I Follow option through Blogger, at least once a week. I like the email option since I only get it if there’s a new post. A good example is your post. It came through my email. I saw, I read and now I find myself responding. I don’t have to scramble looking for your blog, I don’t have to search favorites and it’s a time saver for myself.
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