I recently posted about changing my blog layout and one comment really got me thinking about other bloggers’ reading habits. The blogger indicated that she wouldn’t much mind if I added a few small advert or sponsor buttons in my sidebar because she reads her blogs through a feed reader and wouldn’t see them anyway.
Believe me when I tell you that this about bowled me over. I use a reader too–the soon to be defunct Bloglines*–but am physically unable to read posts without clicking through to the actual blog site. Part of the fun of blogging (to me) is getting a chance to virtually swing by my fellow blogging friends’ houses to say hello.
Granted, bloggers who have 50 or more blogs in their readers probably don’t have the time to click through to each blog, but the reader is so impersonal. I love to see what books are in the sidebars and if a blog has a new layout or design feature.
It shouldn’t be such a surprise that people feed read, but my husband always warns me about projecting my traits and behaviors on others. I’m honest and forthright and tend to believe that everyone else is too. I suppose that just because I visit each blog site that doesn’t mean the rest of the world does!
So, are you solely a feed reader or do you need the visual stimulation of a blog’s page?
*I’m trying to get in the habit of reading through Google (as my photos show with 900+ unread posts) but old habits die hard and I continue to read posts on Bloglines.