Have you ever noticed that some of the bloggers you like best don't post very often? As in many months go by, sometimes, not just mere weeks? It seems that some of those are the wittiest, cleverest and most savvy of all the bloggers. They don't post a lot because they are busy with real life. I really miss some of these.
Obviously they are not concerned with traffic or being popular or upping their stats or whatever it is that the "professional" bloggers do to ensure that they get lots of hits, lots of bucks and lots of free stuff.
I like "fly by the seat of your pants" blogs like Pat's over at Back Porch Musings. She says she is not thrilled with planning out posts way in advance. Me, either. (We all understand that there are some who have to make their living this way, and I am not talking about them.) I stopped trying to plan posts a long time ago.
It has become increasingly annoying, these blogs where ads pop up in front of my face all the time when I am trying to read their latest nuggets about what color they painted some piece of junk they found in a local thrift shop, and Glory Be, it is for sale! Kudos to them that they can (a) sell said piece of junk via their blogs, and (b) write a couple of inane lines to clutter up my email box and then get a few bucks out of the deal because I was dumb enough to click over to their post to read the rest.
Blogs with this type of ads also deposit cookies and malware on your computer! I found out hard way never to click on any of these ads no matter how intriguing they look.
I am also done with sites which exist solely to try to sell me something. If I want to shop for something, I will just go out shopping or google it.
I am hereby serving notice that I am (a) cleaning out my sidebar of such sites, and (b) I will also unsubscribe to these blogs. These sites load up my email every morning, and, sad to say, I must have seen something on these blogs at one time or other that interested me or I would not have subscribed in the first place. I have noticed that these bloggers do not read mine any more, anyway, so they will not even be aware of this post.
I have found such a nice little group of friends on the blogs that I don't really want to quit blogging altogether, although I have toyed with that idea for quite some time. I really look forward to exchanging a few quips with you a lot of days. It can be a real pick-me-up. Some of you I have met in person, and I value those friendships, too. I am talking here about the ones to whom I am just another "stat", or another couple bucks, not a person.
So look for a leaner meaner cleaner sidebar here on this blog in the very near future. (That means when I get time to do it.)
Fair is fair.