Meghann had perfect timing when she shared this picture on our Focus Rally Facebook page this week, because two of the very first blogs I subscribed to were The Inner Workings of a College Graduate (now MealsandMiles.com) and See Bride Run (now HealthyTippingPoint.com). And of course, at the time, I was SillyTaterTot.com!
I subscribed to them before I really realized that we lived in the same city — instead, following them because they were among the first I knew of to be healthy lifecasters.
At the time, that was exactly what I needed — a blueprint for balancing health, fitness and fun.
That was in late 2008, and while my life has changed pretty dramatically in two years, my subscription to their blogs has remained. And my friendships with both ladies has become critically important for my sanity.
(And, of course, my Google Reader is now up to more than 400 subscriptions.)
Last week, I gave you 5 Reasons Why I Unsubscribe From Your Blogs. Now, a much happier topic.
10 Reasons I Subscribe to Your Blogs
1. I know you
If we know each other in real life — whether from school, blogger meetups or conferences, I’ve put a face to the name and I’m invested in your work. This is another great reason to network whenever you are in a crowd because you never know who you’ll meet or how they could affect your blogging future!
2. I like you
If we haven’t met in person but we’ve connected over the Internet (maybe you RT’d me or sent me an email) I’m likely to subscribe to your blog. If you take the time out to engage me, I’m interested in learning more.
3. I’m like you
If you’re a triathlete, a vegetarian, a dog lover, a TV producer, a Syracuse graduate or just love the color purple, we have something in common and that makes me interested. Even if your blog doesn’t focus on our commonality, I tend to relate to your life and that makes me want to stay up -to-date.
4. I want to be like you
The opposite of #3 — so, if you’re a great cook, have fabulous style, can paint or decorate and/or have gorgeous kids, I aspire to be like you. I read your blogs to try and pick up tips on how to improve myself.
5. You make it easy
This one seems simple, but it’s probably the main reason I do subscribe to some of your blogs. You have a big fat RSS icon or “Subscribe” link at the top of your website, on individual posts or other calls to action. I’m a sucker. If I have to force an RSS feed or spend a lot of time hunting for the icon, I probably won’t do it.
6. You make me think
I subscribe to several bloggers who I disagree with or who have a higher level of education on certain topics than I do (say, SEO or strength training). I read those blogs because I want to be challenged and I love hearing the other sides to my beliefs.
7. You’re funny/quirky
In between the SEO, public media and health and fitness blogs, a girl’s gotta get a break. So if you make me laugh or you’re just so bizarre that it breaks up the monotony, you have a place in my daily life.
8. For business
For my job, it’s really important that I stay on top of news, technology updates, controversy and more — so I subscribe to several blogs or websites that are in my career track. It’s really (really really really) helped me get ahead at work and it just so happens that I’ve learned I really love it!
9. For family
Blogging is the best thing that has happened to my long-distance relationships with family (along with Facebook) because I’m able to see what everyone is doing (and, ahem, who they’re doing it with).
- Examples: Starstruk by Life (mom) | Brigid’s Garden (aunt)| A Night With the Hops (husband) | Mr. Andrew Ian (brother)
10. The photos
I love looking at beautifully composed photographs, whether featuring food, people, events or random items. There’s something so uplifting about beautiful pictures, and I’m a sucker. It goes back to #7. Sometimes, you just need a brain break.
And again…I subscribe to more than 400 websites, so having a folder/tag system in Google Reader (my preferred RSS device) is key. I’ve listed 34 blogs here. That means more than 350 other blogs have compelled me in some way. I add to the list every day — and I *always* check out the blogs of people who leave me comments!
So, now how about a not-so-subtle reminder than you can subscribe to this blog by RSS or email? The links are right at the top of the website.
And I’d love to hear why you subscribe to blogs! Leave me a comment below…