A few weeks back I printed out one of many available templates online about decluttering the space around me. I followed every suggested step yet still at the end of every challenge I felt that it was not quite sufficient for me. Yes, my desktop looked cleaner but I still receive irrelevant twit notifications, missed important posts or Instagram photos from bloggers I know, want to visit, and interact with.
When I started being active on social media, Twitter and Instagram, I almost always automatically followed people back on Twitter and Instagram when they started to follow me. Our relationship was not even simply a shallow on, it was just nonexistent. I would have people on my following list that stopped being active or posted an incredible amounts of unrelated content to try and receive retwits. In this chaos I found it really difficult to connect with people who are valuable and who bring something I find interesting. I understood that whatever I was doing, it did not work for me.
I decided to stop being just another number and instead start creating real interactions. It was a risky decision and I knew I would lose plenty of followers who were following me simply for the fact that I am an extra number following them.
I am not going to say that this was the best way to declutter your digital blogging life but this is definitely the most successful way I have decluttered mine. Quite frankly it is a very brutal way and not everyone will agree with it.
Did I lost followers on Bloglovin?
Yes I did, quite a lot in fact but my website could not have be useful for them if all I was to them just a number. As I said before I am not interested in generating a false number of followers for someone.
How did I decluttered my Bloglovin?
I followed around 700 blogs at the beginning of the year. I unfollowed every single blog from my Bloglovin list. It was way too many blogs to go through and decide if I want to remain as a follower or not.
Create Theme/Location Specific Groups
Before I started to refollow people I created various groups where each newly followed blog would go to. My groups were lifestyle, travel, career, UK Bloggers, Scotland Bloggers, Wedding, Home Design, Fitness, DIY, and Cooking.
Do I know you?
Then I started following people based on only one criteria at a time. Simple question, who’s blog do I remember visiting? This is a huge indicator. Just think for a second how useful something must be if you cannot really remember it? Patiently I would add each of the bloggers I remembered to one of the groups.
After I had done the first part of decluttering on Bloglovin I asked myself who else is following me and often do they interact with me by both visiting and speaking to me on social media or commenting on my website? Who is trying to create a real conversation with me? They are exactly the people I want to know more about because they took the time and effort to learn more about me. Slowly day by day I was adding bloggers who I found inspiring, who I like to talk with, and who are not connecting with me because they are one person away from 1000 followers.
What were the results?
Firstly I am able to clearly see now who posted a new post and I am able to keep up with them. Even if I do not always comment, which I am trying my best to do, I do read every single post published by 142 people I follow on Bloglovin. This not only gave me so much more opportunities to spark a conversation with them but to take it to a more personal level via emails or private messages.
Another thing is that even though I did lost followers I gained so much more insight to who actually follows me for the quality of my articles. How many people actually do care and want to know what I have to say? It did not at all affected how many readers I had on my website. At the end of the day I was just a number so I did not expected to be visited.
What do you think of Bloglovin? Is it a tool you use to visit your favourite bloggers?