This week-end I finally figured out how to "unfollow" blogs I had previous followed. The process was time-consuming and tedious. But I did it. I went to everyone of the blogs I was following, signed in, and unfollowed if the blog was no longer current. You'd be surprised how many blogs that was, over 1/3rd! That was 120+ of the 350 I followed. That's a lot.
I understand when a person decides that blogging is no longer their thing or they need to take a hiatus. I am not faulting the 120 that stopped. But I think there are a few things that you, BLOGGER, could do to help us FOLLOWERS.
- Several of the blogs have had no activity for over a year, a few have been inactive for over two. My suggestion, when a blog reaches 6 months of activity, Blogger should contact all the Follwers and give out the directions for how to "unfollow." Better yet, just unfollow them for us. But, at the very least, do a color coded system on the blog roll. Black=active; Blue= no activity for 3-6 months; Red= over 6 months inactivity. That would be helpful.
- Three or four of the blogs had been hijacked by other businesses. I had no way of unfollowing these sites and now I am being SPAMMED with information every time they update with information that I never signed up to receive. How do I officially complain about these? And why is that possible?
- A few of the blogs have changed their settings so that they no longer display GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT button. How do I "unfollow" if they have removed that button? The directions I found do not address this.
- Some bloggers kindly said good-bye, closed their blog, and redirected us to another spot. Now am I stuck being a FOLLOWER of a dead blog? How do I "unfollow" something that no longer exists? Another suggestion here: when a person actually closes their blog, BLOGGER should automatically purge all names from the follower list. That seems only fair. Either that or give us a GARBAGE BUTTON next to each blog that we follow on our Blog Roll. That would make "unfollowing" possible even when blogs have been killed by the author. Please, pretty please. A garbage button would be awesome.
Thanks for your consideration.
PS: Followers: please make comments on this blog that you would like to address to BLOGGER yourself. Hopefully we can get some response to our questions and our issues addressed.