First let's look at the big change that occurred over the past week on Tossing It Out. The week started out with Alex J Cavanaugh's Movie Dirty Dozen Blogfest. My blog topics turned away from the music fixation that I have had for several weeks as I posted my twelve favorite movies on Monday. There were about sixty participants in this totally fun blogfest. I'm still not sure if I got through all of them, but I found a lot of movies I may need to check out over the summer. Thank you Alex for hosting this wonderfully successful blogfest.
As happened with the music favorites lists, I could not confine myself to just one list. During the course of the week I listed my dozen favorites that came after 1990, my favorite show biz movies, and my favorite dark movies. Then on Thursday we had an interesting debate day question about censorship and movies. There were some sharply divided opinions but as always the discussion was amicable.
On this upcoming Monday I will return to music with the 10 FAVORITE LOVE SONGS / 10 FAVORITE BREAK UP SONGS list. If you have some you'd like to suggest, be sure to sign up on the Linky list at the top of the page. The following days will consist of cleaning up. I'll begin wrapping up the music and the movies and start moving back to business as usual on Tossing It Out. There is one more scheduled event which will be the favorite Spanish or Latin albums on Monday July 5th. After that music topics may appear on occasion, but this blog won't be all music.
Now please give me your opinion:
First I have a few questions: Have you ever seen the number of your followers drop unexplainably? Would you like it if somebody notified you before they drop you to let you know why? Was it something you did wrong? Is there a way to see which follower has dropped you?
Do you ever stop following blogs on your list of the blogs you are following? Here's why I ask--I'm planning to do exactly this. I have a number of blogs that I follow that I never look at because they don't interest me. There are also blogs that I have commented on and they never acknowledge me or comment on my posts. I'm also planning to get rid of some of these. Now you who are reading this have nothing to fear. If someone is following my blog I will continue to follow theirs. However if I'm following someone's blog and they do not follow mine and never acknowledge me in any way then I don't see where we have any real relationship and they are taking up space that could be occupied by someone for whom I care more. My dashboard reading list has become very full and I think housecleaning is due.
I want your honest opinion. Am I being petty? Do you do this sometimes? Should I notify the parties that I am going to drop just in case there has been an oversight in reciprocation? I can think of some blogs that have been up longer than mine and regularly post very fine blog bits, yet they rarely get comments and only have a few followers. Why? Probably because when someone does comment they rarely acknowledge the commenters and they never seem to make comments elsewhere. I wonder why they have blogs if they aren't interested in some kind of interaction?
If any of you have any thoughts about any of this I'd love to hear them. The way I see it my first change in the interest of helping me organize my blogging activity and free up my time for other things is to start doing some house cleaning. Please--if you are currently following my blog and I am not following yours, let me know so I can fix that. Also, if you see that I have stopped following your blog and you are still following mine let me know that I have made an error. I do plan to notify anyone whose blog I intend to stop following to see if they want to have a reciprocal relationship or if they even care.
Changes have to be made but I want to do it carefully and fairly--in other words I want to do it right.
What do you think?