Sometimes I see people talk about cleaning out their Feedly or Bloglovin’—which I totally get. I quite often prune my own Feedly and remove blogs I’m no longer interested in. But one thing I never quite understood was people who took the time to remove blogs who haven’t posted in a while.
I totally understand why you’d remove blogs you no longer read, but why take the time to remove the inactive ones?
The way I see it: inactive blogs aren’t doing me any harm. They’re not clogging up my feed since they’re… well, inactive. And unless it’s a blog I’m no longer interested in, I’m not going to put in the effort to remove it when it’s not affecting me in any way. Plus, maybe they’ll come back one day!
It seems like extra effort with no benefit.
Pruning an RSS reader takes time, but it often feels necessary in order to maintain a relevant and interesting feed. Removing the inactive blogs feels like an unnecessary effort if it’s not actually going to affect how your feed looks or how you interact with it. So I guess my question is: why do you do it?
Maybe I just can’t imagine the workflow properly. When I decide to prune my feed, it pretty much works like this:
- I open up Feedly.
- I start going through the new posts.
- Any time I come across a blog post that doesn’t interest me, I click over to their blog and scan the last page of posts.
- If nothing in their post list interests me, I unfollow them.
So based on MY workflow, I would never even have the opportunity to see the inactive blogs, since they wouldn’t be in my recent items at all. My process is like a normal day scanning my Feedly, but instead of skipping the posts I don’t like, I make the extra effort to unfollow that blog entirely.
If I were to remove the inactive ones as well, I’d have to go through my entire list of subscribers one by one AND pay attention to the date of the recent posts as well as the content. That’s more subscribers to sift through and more work for me. When it comes to tedious tasks like pruning a feed reader, I’m all about making it as quick and painless as possible for me.