If I'm wandering around online and a recipe or new blog catch my eye, I'll typically add that blog as a subscription in Google Reader and tag the post. That way, I can go back later to scroll through the rest of that blog's posts and tag anything else of interest and can automatically keep up with them going forward.
If I find myself really drawn to that blog, either because the writer is funny or quirky, or they put out a lot of great recipes or photos that inspire me (whatever the case may be), I'll then make a point to connect with them in other ways - E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc. I have apparently gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind on that score.
While running through Google Reader the other day, I noticed that some of the blogs I had been following hadn't been posting for some time. In investigating further, I realized that some of you had switched to other platforms when I wasn't looking. Others just seem to have disappeared. Being concerned about that, I checked those pages' Facebook and other links to see if they had been posting elsewhere. A few have been, but a few seem to have vanished. I hope they're OK!!
Then there is the matter of how I initially connected with any one of you doesn't necessarily reflect your (or my) current "social status." I may have hooked up with you before Google+ went live, or before I found out about Pinterest. Maybe you started out with a Facebook page but have since added Twitter, etc.
Sooooo, I decided to take the opportunity to do some cross-checking. I opened each of the blogs (pretty sure I got them all) in my Google Reader and checked to make sure I was connected with each of you at the various social sites (don't wanna miss any good scoop!). Then I set up a Blogs I Follow board on Pinterest just to spread the love a little.
I've gotta say ... I wasn't keeping track as I went along, but there are a bunch of you with broken links, or links that open to a picture rather than to a post or social site. Sorry, I should have made notes so I could let you know. Also, I'm guessing there are at least a few of you wondering why you didn't "make the cut" so to speak. That would either mean that I inadvertently jumped you while scrolling along, or you don't have a pinnable image on your home page. Whenever that was the case, I shot for one on an About page, but some of you don't have those either. My intention with this particular board is to point others to your blogs, not specific posts, so please don't feel slighted if this is why you're missing. :(
And since today is my birthday, my b-day wish is that you jump to that Pinterest Board and scroll through to see if you find someone new and interesting to connect with. Happy blogging to all ... I smell dinner, so I'm outa here!