I'm joining Book Blogger Confessions hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth Reviews and Midnyte Reader.
Here's the question:
How do you follow blogs? Do you use Google Reader? Email? Are you more apt to follow people who have fewer followers? Would you follow a blog just to enter a contest? What makes you unfollow?
I follow a bunch of blogs on Google reader/GFC and try to scan through as many posts as I can in the morning. It's hard -- there are so many great blogs out there!
I follow other bloggers for a number of reasons. Because I love their posts or their writing style or their sense of humor. Because I met them at a conference. Because they posted something interesting.
I got a lot of help and encouragement when I started blogging, so if I think a new blog is great, I try to help out -- link them up, offer ARCs, leave comments, etc.
Contests and giveaways can be a great way to find new blogs. But before I follow, I try to look and see if the blog is of interest to me. I try to keep my Google reader for blogs that I read regularly. But yes, once or twice I've probably followed just to get a contest entry!
I do unfollow blogs from time to time -- sorry! A couple times a year I go through my reader. If a blogger hasn't been posting often, or if I scan through the posts and all the reviews are of books in genres I never read, I sometimes unsubscribe.
Tell me in comments: what makes you follow a blog? A contest? A specific post? What might make you unfollow?