When I first joined ActiveRain about five months ago, I had no clue what “subscribing to someone’s blog” actually meant. Basically, I would read a blog, perhaps leave a comment, click “Subscribe” if I really liked it, and then off I’d go. Since that time, however, I’ve discovered many wonderful members whose blogs I enjoy on a regular basis. As a result, I’ve been building up daily reading and commenting -- while slowly increasing subscribership.
"Thank You For Subscribing To My Blog" says the subject line of the email I typically receive after subscribing to someone’s blog. By the way, I've discovered that sending a "Thank You For Subscribing" email is a nice, thoughtful, neighborly practice that I need to start implementing. In fact, I would be delighted to begin practicing right now if you'd like to subscribe to my blog? But, what about unsubscribing from someone’s blog? I certainly wouldn't want to develop a reputation as "the ActiveRain member who unsubscribes from other member's blogs!"
While scanning the latest posts from my favorite bloggers, I'm seeing bloggers at the bottom of my subscription list who haven’t posted anything in awhile. In fact, some haven’t posted a blog in months. And, they never seem to come back. I think to myself, "perhaps I should just “Unsubscribe” from their blogs – yet something stops me. For some reason, I’m afraid to hit the "Unsubscribe" button! What if I get an unpleasant email in return?
Doesn’t it feel weird to unsubscribe from someone’s blog? Is there some unspoken protocol for unsubscribing? I wouldn't want to insult anyone, but if somebody hasn't posted a blog in months, chances are he or she won't even notice that I'm gone, right? It’s just that I prefer to keep my ActiveRain subscription list current and up-to-date by giving it a quick overhaul from time to time. So tell me ... what’s an ActiveRain Newbie to do?