I received an RSS unsubscribe notice on one of my blogs. No biggie, really. Happens all the time. Folks get busy, change their interests or what have you. Generally, I don’t take those things too personally. In this particular instance, the unsubscribe notice was timed with a comment from the person on the last post. To say their comment was snarky would be an understatement. In their comment they bitched about the content of the article as being too basic.
If I proffered the blog as a place only for experienced freelancers it would certainly lend validity to the comment. Seriously though, who has a blog like that? I can’t imagine posting a big above-the-fold warning, letting folks know that “THIS BLOG IS FOR ADVANCED WRITERS ONLY. BEGINNERS LEAVE NOW!!” I mean, really.
One of the writing blogs I follow did an article recently on how to hyperlink. Sheesh. I figured that one out within a few hours of starting my first blog. Did I lambaste this writer for posting something so basic? Of course not. In fact I left a comment thanking her for taking the time to post it and for not assuming that everyone has the same skill level. Perhaps her post saved someone hours of frustration. If so, how cool is that?
When a new post shows up in my email for one of the blogs I subscribe to, I don’t assume for an instant that the post was directed solely at me. I think it would be fairly arrogant to assume so. Some of the blogs I subscribe to have topics that are way over my head. If they interest me and I can learn something then all the better. Sometimes the articles are rudimentary in nature. What I will say is that almost always I am able to pull some kind of nugget out of the information presented. Maybe something I didn’t know, or perhaps something I could be doing differently.
My point here is that when you are perusing the blogs you subscribe to you need to take the “good” with the “bad.” You subscribe to the blogs that you do for a reason. At one point there was something that captured your attention enough to go through the subscription process. No blog is all things to all people all of the time. Nor should it be. For most of the blogs I subscribe to I’m perfectly willing to garner out of them whatever I can. If the blog topic no longer interests me or if the blog itself has morphed into one that posts topics that do not interest me, I unsubscribe. I certainly don’t feel the need to add a snarky comment about what is being posted. Blogs grow, they change. The owner sometimes decides to move into a different direction. That’s cool.
What say you? What causes you to unsubscribe to a blog and a writing blog in particular?