A while ago I discovered that I'd exceeded the number of blogs that I could follow, at least according to Blogger. If you're curious, they allow you to follow 300 blogs. It is kind of irritating to see that I have a new follower and go to their page and discover that I couldn't follow them back. So before I forget, if you are following me and I am not following you, please leave your blog address in my comments.
So I started the process of reviewing all of the blogs that I am following. I'm only on the D's. Sigh. I noticed some stupid things about Blogger. #1 - If a blog no longer exists, I cannot "de-follow" it. Stupid. #2 - If a blog has been made private, I have to send an email or some other BS and ask to be allowed to stop following the blog. Also stupid. Or maybe I'm the stupid one. It is possible that I am doing it wrong, especially when you consider that it took me a really long time to figure out why I couldn't add more blogs to my reading list and an even longer time to learn how to stop following blogs. If you have any tips, I'd appreciate them.
What I really wanted to post about, however, is how it feels to stop following a blog. Sometimes I chose to stop following because they haven't posted in six months or two years. In those cases, their last post was usually something like, "I can't believe how long it has been since I posted! I am a bad blogger!" (Ya think?) Sometimes the last post was more like, "I am really struggling and need help." (How did that end?) A couple last posts were, "I had a horrible stuck episode" which left me wondering if they never recovered. (Can that happen?). I know blogging isn't for everyone, but as I glanced at the blogs and the last posts of people who had stopped blogging for whatever reason, I felt sad and wished I knew that things were going well for them.
Then there were blogs that I really wanted to stop following. People whose blogs I never read because something about them irritated me or we just didn't jive for whatever reason. A few of the blogs I was following were people who had not had WLS. They were trying to lose weight through WW or some other method. When I've read their blog posts, they usually sound like things I could have written a few years ago. ("Everything is great. I'm following the diet 100%. I rock!" Followed by, "I slipped up. I'm going to start again." And then, "I suck. I hate myself.") It isn't that I can't relate or don't empathize with their situation that caused me to de-follow them. It is more that I spent too much of my life on THAT particular treadmill and I just don't have the energy to do it again.
There were also a couple of blogs (okay maybe just one) that I wanted to un-follow, but I didn't. At some point the blogger said something that hurt my feelings. In general I like her blog and can relate to many of the things she talks about, but I can't get past the hurt. Dumb, right?
And remember, I'm just on the D's!