July 28, 2011

Do you read blogs from start to finish?

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When I start following a blog, I read what’s published from the moment we meet. To me a blogging relationship is like any other friendship. I want to know more about the person, the quirks, the interests, and all the deep, dark secrets, but I want to find out as we get to know each other. I might dip back a few posts before I subscribe just to make sure we’re compatible, but I don’t want to read back for months and months.

It’s not because it’s outdated material; it’s like any friendship. People I meet come with baggage, past experiences I know nothing about, relationships that have shaped who they are today. I’m interested in who they are now, not how they got there, and going back through old blog posts would be a bit like searching through their friends on google+ and looking up their past. It wouldn’t necessarily spoil anything, but it would be cheating.

What do you think? Do you devour old posts, or only read from the present?



  1. I usually browse through their old posts to see if there’s anything of interest to me and then will read and comment on those. I won’t read all old posts, though, unless they all catch my interest.

    Comment by Natasha McNeely — July 28, 2011 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

    • I guess that makes sense. I do read some old posts, especially if they have a “most read” box on the side with recs.

      Comment by nascentnovelist — July 28, 2011 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, exactly. It’s all a matter of circumstance and what you find interesting.

        Comment by Natasha McNeely — July 28, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

  2. I read from the moment I get the blog into Google reader (I read blogs using the rss feed)

    Comment by Rui — July 28, 2011 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  3. Like you, I’ll read back a few entries to make sure whatever entry caught my attention isn’t a total fluke, but that’s it. Beyond that, it’s what comes in the course of ordinary (online) friendship. There are occasional exceptions, such as when someone posts something so stunning and unexpected I find I have to unearth a little more about them or when they go missing for several days/weeks and I need a fix. For the most part, though, I like seeing it develop as any friendship would.

    What prompted this question? It’s an interesting one to consider!

    Comment by Deborah the Closet Monster — July 29, 2011 @ 12:14 am | Reply

    • It’s rather lame, actually. I added a new blog to my rss feed and didn’t bother to read back the ten entries my google reader auto-sets as “unread” when I add a new blog. Then I wondered if other people read back further and remembered that my boyfriend had assumed that I knew way more about his past than I did after we exchanged blogs. Clearly, he’d expected me to at least skim back throughout the three years he’d had the blog before I met him. I don’t think my reasoning was as good back then, but he got over it. 😉

      Comment by nascentnovelist — July 29, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  4. I do read the old stuff before I follow, just to get an idea of what to expect. And if I am consistently amazed by their posts, I’ll devour the whole dang archive. Because I’m sick that way.

    Comment by Julie F — July 30, 2011 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • Cool. I, of course, want people to want to read all I have written, and there are a few bloggers where I’d be tempted to read all of, but those are the ones who write about something that doesn’t go out of date (like science or history or editing), not personal blogs. Of course, that just makes me sound insensitive. I don’t mean that real life experiences, love and heartbreak is less interesting than academia…

      Comment by nascentnovelist — July 30, 2011 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

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