Choosing What Blogs To Read

blog-327070_1280When I started blogging around 9 yrs ago on AOL only they were called journals, I just picked a few from the front page and started following, I was hooked, the men and women there wrote about everything and anything and that is really what sparked my interest, even more that these journals were read and commented on.

Finally deciding to dip my toe into the blogging pool, I wrote my first post, well more of an introduction, one kindly lady saw it and commented and gave a shout out that there was a new blogger on the block, to say I was surprised is an understatement at the welcome within a day I had some 30+ welcome to their corner of the blogosphere. That kindness has always stayed with me and I’m still in daily contact with most through FB.

Which brings me at last to this topic:

How do You Choose What Blogs To Read

This time around I sought out more commonality I wanted to write about mental illness/depression and felt the need to share my own journey, and frankly needed the support from like-minded souls who would have an idea about what life is like living under the cloud of depression.

It took awhile lurking around the WP halls looking at the categories until I found a place in which I could share.

I don’t necessarily go for the most popular, for me it’s about the person behind the word and if I can find a bond in what they write I will usually follow, unlike the “content is king gurus”, for me it doesn’t have to be a polished professional type blog, if I see their words come from the heart and I find myself nodding at the screen when I read, they will be the ones that not only do I follow but will comment too.

I’m always seeking new blogs again to always about my main subject, it’s where the nosiness factor comes in,I like reading about people and their daily lives,interests and have read some heartbreaking blogs as well as those that make my sides hurt from laughing to those that inform and make me think.

I’ve chosen many bloggers just from their comments on other blogs, simply because I like the way they said what they did, or I have found them through WP reader, sometimes you can just find gems that capture you from the word go.

Like everyone else I like having followers and always feel especially good when comments are left, it’s part validation that your words are being read, but more so being part of a community where share and support one another, we are a global community and watch the way we connect unfold can be a wonderous thing.

There are some negatives, I don’t like it when I’m told how I should blog, or what should have been included in my posts etc, you know this is my space and I write what pertains to me, it’s about me,and I don’t ask anyone to agree or like everything I write, we all have a choice just move on somewhere else.

In conclusion I like my space here, who I follow and who follows me, I have a voice within this community, it helps me enormously and I’m proud to be a part of it.

How Do You Choose The Blogs You Read?

About therabbitholez

I returned to this blog in September 2014, after a 2 year absence, due to depressive illness and homelessness. This journey charts the rocky road to recovery and my feelings about it, and getting a home together after losing everything, this too has been a rocky rocky, both things connected on many levels, but separate at the same time. If you want to know more please read my blog:) and comment on any blog you like I enjoy the interaction, and belong to a great community on here. Thanks for reading.:)
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9 Responses to Choosing What Blogs To Read

  1. It’s really hard to find blogs that you really feel a connection with, but it’s fantastic when you do find one! When I started writing I was scared of the reaction I would get, the reaction I got was the opposite of what I thought would happen. Lots of supportive people all wanting to help me and listen to me.

    This is how I found a lot of the blogs that I read, I should branch out more but I tend to find new blogs through tags. It helps to be in a community that is very supportive, it’s so much easier to find like-minded people and blogs when you belong to such a fantastic community.

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    • I agree1,some days when I’m feeling a little low, it just helps me so much when the positivity comes back, it removes that feeling of isolation. The Mental Health Community rocks.

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  2. Cat says:

    The types of blogs I keep in touch with vary, but they’re usually MH and like you, the bloggers don’t necessarily need to be great writers, as long as something connects with their experiences or ideas of recovery.

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  3. I started off by making friends on twitter (in the MH community) and following their blogs. I have also participated in a bunch of blog projects (Share Your World, AtoZ and Weekend Coffee Share) and met people through there. I have joined the same MH groups as you, but I have to be careful going through those because they can be triggering. So far, I’ve only looked into a few in the Writer’s Guild. I clicked on yours right away because of the title. I love Alice.
    Right now I am on an art journal kick and have joined some FB groups. A lot of the people I have encountered there are MH too. I usually check out whoever comments on my work or whoever has a style that I like.

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    • I’ll have to look into blog projects just to make my blog a bit more varied.

      I’ve only chosen a few from the groups, but they’re posting them through wordpress so gives me a chance to look through them, I understand what you mean by triggering, some can be a tough read. I have an FB page and on twitter and tumblr but haven’t really explored them as yet well not enough to join groups etc.

      Thanks for your comment and sharing 🙂

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  4. Tags, comments on blogs that I already like, and the blog rolls of ones that I like/follow are the main ways I find blogs to follow.

    I agree that the writing doesn’t need to be great, but if there is a sense of authenticity, rawness and just honesty, it just pulls me in and I can relate with my own mental health journey. It really does help with feelings of isolation.

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  5. Most of the blogs I follow were from Blogging 101. Then I tend to check out and follow back people who follow me, and yes, I check out people whose comments I like on other blogs.

    I’m a bit of a bad blogger though in that I don’t read around and interact as much as I really should. I do all my reading on my phone and because I don’t get email notifications when I follow people through the Reader in the WP app I often miss posts. Really need to go through and tweak my notification settings!

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    • I use both mobile and laptop and get notifications on the mobile ok, I have my core that I follow, and read and hit like a lot, though it can be a full time job in itself to keep up with everyone.

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