I Will Follow You (Or Not)

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Hello, my name is Alison and I am a social media addict.

I am also a very discerning follower.

I don’t play the ‘follow me, I’ll follow you back’ game. No sirree, I have a set of criteria as to who I follow back in each medium.

Yes, criteria. I know, right?

Here we go (warning: this will very likely give you an insight into how my mind works, scary and baffling stuff!).

Your Blog

Your writing. Compelling storytelling, written in a way that makes me want to reach into the screen and hug your face off and declare us BFFs. No diary-like stuff. No spelling mistakes. No grammatical errors. No music. No white text on black screen. No big-ass pop up video screen. No funny blinking stuff in the sidebar. Mostly though, it’s about the writing.

Twitter

Don’t be an egg – include a picture, preferably of your face, not your cat’s. Write an interesting bio. Include your blog URL if you have one. Personally, if you include the words ‘coffee’, ‘chocolate’, ‘sarcastic’ and ‘Pinterest’ in there, I’m hooked. Also? Do tweet. After a few weeks if you don’t tweet, I use TwitCleaner to help me clean up my stream (i.e. unfollow inactive Tweeps).

Facebook

If you post just links and nothing else? Clicking the UnLike button is just as easy as clicking Like. I do love funny, witty status updates; photos of your adorable children; pictures of you; hilarious stuff like this:

Ninjas and pirates

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Pinterest

Dessert. Pin desserts. I will slobber all over love you.

Instagr.am

Pretty pictures of where you live! Your kids! Stunning landscapes! Sorry, too many exclamation marks? But not too many random pictures of your dog lying around in various positions around the house please. It’s just….. not my cup of tea. Ahem.

What would compel you to follow/ like someone on Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ their blog? Or more interestingly, unfollow them?

Hey, Amanda of parenting By dummies is featuring me as a Dude Mom! Come visit? She’s an awesome lady!

Tell me what you think!

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  • November 26, 2012 Julie

    I unfollow inactives in Twitter as well! And I do get twitchy if you post 1000 pics of your cat on Instagram, but if I like you I just roll my eyes and keep scrolling and don’t unfollow. I mean, if I love you I have to love your cat too, right?

    I can’t read/follow blogs that look like they were written by third graders either. And we ALL know what I’m talking about, right?
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      So far, I haven’t unfollowed the animal lovers on Instagram, though by god, I have been tempted.

      Yes, we do know what you’re talking about. ;)

  • November 26, 2012 Maureen

    Preach it, woman! I put up with captcha IF I really like the blog/the writing if not it just annoying to bypass that. As for the pets of instagram I’m with Julie, not much of a cat person so I usually like one pic and skim over if there’s 5 cat pictures in one row lol.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      If I really like a blog and they have Captcha, I actually tweet them to tell them to turn it off, hah! (it’s always worked so far)

  • whew!!! i don’t think I would made up your list. hehehe! compel to follow or like someone in either of the social media, as long as what he/she blogs/tweet is interesting, where i will know a lot, because as of now, though i am a mom, i am still in the learning process of a lot of things especially when it comes to blogging. this is a new world to me indeed… :)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Don’t underestimate yourself :)

  • November 26, 2012 Katie

    I unlike a lot of pages lately on fb. I get sick of the spammy feel.

    I never unfollow on twitter because I am too lazy to check. I use tweetdeck and have so many lists that I rarely check the actual EVERYONE feed anyway.

    Pinterest I suck about following people on. Which is sad because lately I hate my pinterest feed. So I have unfollowed a lot there, but it leaves me with an uninteresting and unpinnable feed.

    Oh instagram. I am so choosy on instagram. Following people who post a zillion pictures of their vacation in a row like it’s NOT public drive me crazy. Or yeah, a million pet shots in a row? Stupid.

    And blogs, oh blogs. i wish I had more time to actually read and follow these lately. Sigh.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Facebook – me too.
      Twitter – I just do the clean up once every couple of months. I really suck at doing lists!
      Pinterest – I love helping people clean up their Pinterest boards/ feed. Ping me if you want some help. ;)
      Instagram – Oh yeah, the vacation pictures, dear lord.
      Blogs – There are so many good ones out there I don’t subscribe to, I just click on their tweeted links if I see it, or when they come here and I return the visit. I feel a little guilty!

  • November 26, 2012 tracy

    I have never ever pinned a dessert. Does this mean that you unfollowed me? Bitch. ;)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I love you, I’ll never leave you. xo

  • November 26, 2012 Kirsten

    Here’s my basic set of rules:
    1) If you don’t have a bio, I won’t even contemplate following you on Twitter.
    2) I do not accept Facebook friend requests if I don’t know the connection. If your public profile has nothing and I don’t recognize your name, I will not accept the request. A short note explaining who you are and how you found me might go a long way.
    3) If I don’t know you and your Facebook/Twitter profile says nothing about you, I will judge you by your friends. I have to go by something.
    4) I can smell a troll a mile away, and have no compunction when it comes to unliking/unfollowing/defriending people who I suspect are just out to cause shit.
    5) I absolutely abhor racism, sexism, homophobia and similar forms of discrimination, and have no compunction when it comes to unliking/unfollowing/defriending people who I suspect are just out to cause shit.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.
      I’m actually even more discerning on Facebook – I don’t even accept requests from some people I know, that I don’t normally connect with. If I see you in public and don’t even say hi (and vice versa), why would I share what I post on FB with you?

  • November 26, 2012 Greta

    Yeah, pretty much! I have a hard time keeping up with people who follow me on twitter, but the first time they talk to me, I follow back. But not somebody who just has links. Oh no.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I unfollowed someone who tweeted not just links, but links in German. Hah!

  • November 26, 2012 Christine

    This kind of makes me love you more. Don’t be an egg – ha! I’m picky on IG – I can’t do all the dogs and cats. I’m terrible about following back on Pinterst. I feel like Pinterest makes it difficult to really see who’s following you and who I’m following. Plus, the numbers don’t make sense to me. Blog – no daily diary. No catcha. Good and compelling writing. I wish I had more time to read more though.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      So far, I’m really bad at following people on Pinterest – only because I’m so picky and I don’t have time to look through who’s following me!

  • November 26, 2012 AnnMarie

    This is a great post. It’s a reminder that I have to be better on Twitter and on my FB page. I talk to much and so Twitter is a challenge (maybe it will force me to get to the point). I’ve been blogging for almost two years and you’d think I’d have my act together with social media but I am afraid I kinda suck.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You don’t suck, you’re just busy!

  • November 26, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Yes to all of this! Esp the black blog background with white letters. Oh my eyes! One things that’s hard for me is blog posts that are super long and pretty much all in one paragraph. That hurts my eyes too.

    And I frequently clean up my Twitter account. One thing that bugs me is when someone tweets at someone else and they never respond. And I don’t mean to just one or two tweets, I mean all the time. That gets an unfollow from me every time.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Yes, what’s up with the unsocial behavior on Twitter?

  • November 26, 2012 Kim

    This cracks me up! Love how you just tell it like it is. One of my pet peeves on Twitter is when I follow a blogger and tweet them with a genuine comment or question, and they just ignore it. Um hello? It’s called social media for a reason lol, why not be friendly back if someone is reaching out to you?

    As for Pinterest, I find that I follow & unfollow people fairly often. For example, I’m a teacher and with the start of the school year, I went a little overboard following other teachers for ideas. Now I’m busy unfollowing them because my page has been hijacked by lesson plans & children’s lit titles.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Unsocial behavior on social media baffles me too!

  • November 26, 2012 Masala Chica

    I don’t like tweeps who are so self focused that they don’t look beyond selling themselves, or ingratiating themselves with bigger “more popular tweeps” if that makes sense.

    I like to help out new writers, writers I feel I have a connection one with and writers who I learn from. I hate the follow me, I’ll follow you game and when I leave a comment, I don’t know if I always expect an answer but someone who NEVER responds is not interactive enough as a blogger for me to maintain interest, make sense?

    Kiran
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I don’t like the non-responders either. You can be a ‘big’ blogger and still be kind and interact – Jill Smokler is a great example.

  • November 26, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    I love your Pinterest stream….so many yummy desserts, it always makes me smile, and then curse you under my breath because it makes me hungry….and while you’re pinning desserts, I’m usually pinning fitness inspirations ;)
    You crack me up. I love how your mind works.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I know, I am like the counter-fitness-Pinner everyone hates to love. :)

  • November 26, 2012 Kerstin

    Your Pinterest stream always makes me hungry. You have the most delicious sweet and salty things on there!
    I try to only follow back people on Twitter that I really want to interact with. I want “real” people, not people who just tweet links…
    Sometimes I feel that I already can’t keep up with the few people that I do follow… I’m probably just too much of a perfectionist – how do you keep up with everything?
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I don’t keep up with everything – my Google+ is absolutely neglected though as a social media consultant, I KNOW that’s where we need to be too. It’s all an illusion over here. :)

  • November 26, 2012 Susi

    I do try to follow a lot of your “follow rules” and I do love to post pictures of my pretty surroundings on IG!!! :) I do love social media but I try to not go crazy either. Sometimes, it’s just a big time suck… I’ll be going along, having fun and before I know it 2 hours have gone by!!!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I schedule time for social media, otherwise, I’ll never sleep!

  • November 26, 2012 Natalie

    I know this sounds bad but if someone is posting all the time non-stop whether on twitter or on their blog…if it’s not that interesting and just noise I unfollow.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Oh gosh, I have actually unfollowed blogs who write EVERY SINGLE DAY. I can’t keep up and the guilt of it gets to me, so I just unfollow. Awful right?

  • November 26, 2012 vanita

    my biggest peeve is that Blogger Captcha. It’s why i don’t comment on some fav blogs but i do share. i would everyone to wordpress if there was an easy button
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I HATE Captcha. It hates me. :)

  • November 26, 2012 Katie E

    I love your criteria! Though I’m lazy about unfollowing or unliking (I guess that’s what a lot of people hope for). So thanks for the reminder to go clean up and get rid of some people! I usually only actively unfollow or unlike if someone does something annoying. The bad grammar and spelling get to me more than anything else. Also, you reminded me that I need to actually do something with my blog’s facebook page :)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I schedule time to do social media spring cleaning, it’s necessary!

  • November 26, 2012 thedoseofreality

    Yep, you pretty much nailed my criteria as well. Also, I like generous followers who share stuff they like…because I like to think I do the same! :)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Ditto!

  • November 26, 2012 Alexandra

    Coongrats on being a Dude Mom!! I LOVE AMANDA. Her blog, her posts, her content: some of the highest quality stuff around.

    And yeah: guilty guilty of the FB lack of interaction on my part.

    Twitter’s my girl, and I spend my time there. FB is just such a long stream to catch up on. It is WORK over there.

    Twitter is one two hey how are you? And you are caught up.

    And I want to instagram. SO bad. Have you ever done a tutorial on the how tos? Because I can see more of my time going there..
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You are such a Twitter badass!

      I have not done any tutorials on Instagr.am, though there are many great resources out there. It’s real easy, download the app onto your iPhone or Android, take pictures and upload to Instagr.am! I just have issue with certain pictures.

  • November 26, 2012 Kim

    Writing is very important to me, too. I like posts that make me think, make me laugh or cry – writing that ‘speaks’ to me. On social media, I like to follow people that are ‘social’ – folks that interact and are personable. So I don’t usually follow eggs, either!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Writing is THE most important to me when it comes to blogs, that’s for sure.

  • November 26, 2012 Kim

    Hug your face off. :-) Just too cute!
    Yes, discerning is good.

    My reasons for following are much the same as yours. As far as unfollowing? Really inappropriate or gross stuff. Know it’s out there, just don’t want to read it or see it. That, plus anyone just going after quantity. So I’m number 43, 567. Wow, do I feel special…

    Oh my goodness, Alison. I went over to Parenting by Dummies and have been giggling ever since. She has those parenting moments down to a science!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Yes, why do some people do the gross and inappropriate? Mind boggling.

  • November 26, 2012 Kir

    why do you like ME again? ;)

    I spend most of my day just hoping that you never unfollow me…I am so thankful for your friendship, for your support, love, giggles in my life. You have made the internet such a wonderful place for me.

    and the writing, well I hope what I do, what I publish, makes you happy to know me. (somedays. )
    xoo
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I don’t know why anyone would not follow you, you’re a delight, my friend. xo

  • November 26, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    What great guidelines! I love more than links on Facebook too.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Deirdre!

  • November 27, 2012 Olga

    I think for me the writing on the blog is the most important part. I wish I was into social media…I am trying and it is fun. But what gets me to follow a blog are the posts. I love posts that make me think beyond the familiar. I like hearing interesting ideas, thoughts, and situations. I love reading posts that have a way with words.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Yes, DITTO!

  • November 27, 2012 ilene

    Confession: I post a lot of dog pics on Instagram. We foster so there is a new one every few weeks. Does this mean we have to break up?
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      When it’s a different dog, then you’re forgiven :)

  • November 27, 2012 Alexa

    Alison I love this! So true! I don’t know why we feel so pressured to follow everyone. I was doing this at first, and then I just found that I had an email box full of blogs I never had any time to read, or really even desire with some of them! I have limited it down to my faves… so that I actually have time to read and comment on the blogs I enjoy! So funny – and I didn’t know about that way to de-follow inactive Twitter. Thanks for that tip!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You’re welcome!
      I was the same when I first started blogging – just following everyone I met. It takes time to get settled into your faves.

  • November 27, 2012 Kimberly

    I don’t care if you’re a small blog or have a million followers, if your content is shit, I will not read it.
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  • November 27, 2012 Meredith

    This post just made me want to follow you everywhere. Go you for telling it like it is!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Meredith!

  • November 27, 2012 Mirjam

    I pretty much agree with everything you said, except for the grammar part. ( But that’s because I always overlook something. Sadly I always see it AFTER you have been to my blog (sorry!) And thank you for still reading.) Oh and on Instagram, you forgot cute little scrumptious chubby baby boys!! You don’t happen to know one do you? ;)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You don’t have any grammar issues, Mirjam!
      Ah yes, scrumptious babies, how could I forget? :)

  • November 27, 2012 Tracie

    I like my twitter people to tweet a variety of things: funny updates, links to their stuff, links to other people’s stuff, links to good stuff. But most importantly, I want them to reply. If I reply to you, and get crickets (especially when I can see you tweeting at other people), I will hit the unfollow real fast.

    If a facebook page updates twelve times a day, I will hit the unfollow real fast.

    I pin desserts. But I don’t actually make any of them – I’m too lazy for that.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      OMG the non-responders! It’s just…. rude.

  • November 27, 2012 lisacng

    I’m not that picky with Twitter and Facebook, though I prolly should use TwitCleaner. Is it fast? I hate having to click each and every “person”. LOL, don’t use an egg as your profile pic. I just did a mass cleansing of FB “friends” and hide posts from Facebook pages that don’t interest me anymore. Oh, and ppl who post a thousand photos of themselves on IG just ’cause they’re bored really irritate me.
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    • November 27, 2012 lisacng

      One more thing: Blog turn-off: ugly design, unreadable print, content that doesn’t relate to me, really bad photos
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      It does take a little time, TwitCleaner – but well worth it! It categorizes who you follow into inactive etc. Oh yeah, the incessant selfies on IG annoy me too.

  • November 27, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —Mama A.

    Will you excuse me while I go correct all of my grammatical errors?!!

    I’m still not too cool w / Twitter

    I’m such a Damn DORK.

    Xxx Kiss
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Pffftt, you write beautifully, no grammatical errors ever.
      xo

  • November 27, 2012 Sarah

    I’m kinda the same, Alison. I only follow blogs where I really enjoy the writing :) otherwise I end up just deleting the email update and not even clicking to read. I do love coming here. You’re always entertaining :) One of my faves!

    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Sarah! The feeling is mutual. :)

  • November 27, 2012 Leslie

    Hmmm. I don’t expect you to be following me on FB, then! It’s nearly impossible for me to post there during about 90% of my waking hours, so I stick to Twitter. BUT I can definitely add to the baby cuteness quotient!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I love cute babies!

  • November 27, 2012 Jessica

    I follow blogs of people who are good writers or are just plain interesting. With Twitter, I do the same. With Instagram, I usually just follow people I know well and who I am genuinely interested in seeing pictures from parts of their life.

    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      IG – yes, me too! Though I have unfollowed a few, because of the incessant pet pictures, hehe.

  • November 27, 2012 Galit Breen

    Love your rules woman, and thank my lucky stars that I fall into (at least some of!} them! xo
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You fall into the Awesome category, my friend! xo

  • November 27, 2012 Jessica

    I need to assert some of your criteria, my friend. Also, sorry you probably untwittered me. I kinda fell out of the tree there for a bit. ;)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I did not unTwitter you at all!

  • November 27, 2012 Alma

    I am with you on the blog one… the writing is first and I do not like the black backgrounds either. I have been absent from mine for a bit but am keeping busy with other creative projects (but not apologizing for it). I still love my Instagram and the occasional Facebook…and stay connected that way. I am not on twitter much but am super happy to get a RT or a comment from there.
    For me it is a lot to keep up with so I pace myself and try not to get overwhelmed.
    In all media forms I enjoy wit, humor, honesty and an interesting picture ( but not a perfect over processed one) .
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You always post quality content, Alma, know that it’s appreciated! :)

  • November 27, 2012 Tonya

    Yes, yes, yes!! I am with you on each and every follow. :) And I promise to refrain from posting too many photos of the puppy sleeping in various positions.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You mix it up with a lot of other good photos, so all your puppy pictures are loved!

  • November 27, 2012 Blond Duck

    I don’t know if you follow me or not (I never check) but based on your criteria, I’m glad you like me enough to pop in once and awhile! :)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Of course I like you Miranda!

  • November 27, 2012 Raquel

    LOL so true! Oh that awful egg! Don’t forget these DM’s that come too! I am a social media addict too! Following you on Twitter and look forward to your tweets.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Eek, automated DMs are a no-no!

  • November 28, 2012 Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} Love all these criteria. I follow many of them myself. :) Thanks so much for visiting our blog on our SITS Day!
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Hope you had a great SITS Day!

  • November 28, 2012 Vivian

    LOL, I love that picture, hilarious. And yes, I def don’t auto-follow and try to look for real content and connect with real people. I love cleaning my Twitter & FB feed every now and then. Blogs are a little more difficult to choose or unchoose from haha.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Yes, sometimes it’s hard to unfollow blogs – I feel so guilty! But if I skip post after post, then it’s time, right?

  • November 28, 2012 Natalie

    This is so funny. And true. I can’t stand diary entries. :)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Those should be private :)

  • November 28, 2012 Corey

    You rule…just found your blog thru a comment on mine and thank you for TwitCleaner. Had no idea how to get rid of all those people I randomly accepted a while back. I am in debt… :-)

    Nice to meet you!

    xoxo from Trinidad

    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You’re welcome and nice to meet you too!

  • November 29, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Oh shoot no more dog pictures then. (Just kidding). But seriously I need to get my act together on FB (I just post links) and twitter (barely on there) and Instagram (still haven’t signed up). I’m glad you love me anyway. :-)
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Of course I love you!

  • November 29, 2012 Kimberly

    I’ve been a little too unfollow-happy lately. I know, I’m the new Grinch. But I just can’t stand certain things/posts/nonsense clogging up my stream or reader. Blah.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Hah, I’m with you on that, my friend!

  • November 30, 2012 Elaine A.

    I need to do the TwitCleaner BAD!!

    I may start something with this part of my comment but the other thing on Instagram that gets on my nerves is the boob shots. If EVERY other picture you post is of your boob (even if a baby is on it) I don’t want to see that ALL the time. I think breastfeeding is awesome and that people should take lots of pics of it but SO many pics of any same thing gets old no matter what it is. (even your face) Whew! I feel better now.

    p.s. I really am a nice person. please don’t unfollow me. xo
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Haha! You said what I was thinking. I really don’t want to see anyone’s boobs. And I’m a big advocate of breastfeeding. I just don’t need to SEE it.
      I’d never unfollow you! xo

  • November 30, 2012 Jessica

    I would have never guessed you liked pinning desserts on Pinterest.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Funny lady.

  • November 30, 2012 Phase Three of Life

    Ninjas and Pirates and Lasers and Shit … hehehehe.

    I have to agree on the grammatical errors. Nothing makes me run out of a blog faster than cringe-worthy sentence structure.

    Now I’m off to check out TwitCleaner.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Hope TwitCleaner helped!

  • November 30, 2012 Amanda Jillian

    Thank you! This is something that gets me all the time. I hate eggs on twitter too. And now I feel special that you like my writing.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      You ARE special! :)

  • I am so glad you wrote this! WE were not following you are Pinterest! How is that possible? And you are like a sucrose psychopath. You have your desserts in categories! That.Is.Awesome. And here I just started my food journal again yesterday to help fight the holiday bulge. I can now just live vicariously through your boards.

    Great post! Ellen
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      “Sucrose psychopath” may be the best thing I’ve ever heard, hee! Yes, I have Pinned over 1,000 food items – how could I not categorize them?

  • December 1, 2012 Susan

    I agree wholeheartedly. I follow people who interact – who are their authentic selves. People who will be the same hilarious and warm folks in person that they are online.

    I wish I was better at commenting but never have the time, so I worry people think I’m not reading. That’s the hardest part for me.
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    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I know what you mean. Which is why I connect with them on other platforms. Thank goodness for social media!

  • December 1, 2012 Carli

    Oh, I think we pretty much have the same list. However, if you check my spelling on my Tweets I’m in big trouble. So full of typos it’s embarrassing. I’m Tweeting on the fly, ya know.

    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      Heh. I have major typos on Instagr.am all the time. My phone hates me!

  • December 2, 2012 Amy

    I am not a huge social media person, so I don’t really follow nor do I have many followers. Your instaclean would have wiped me out day one. BUT I do peruse blogs often. Really any blogs – ones that catch my eye or better, make me laugh. But for the love, if someone cannot run spell check or read it through to make sure it even makes sense. I.just.can’t.deal. I’m not a big fan of the lots of contests either. A few here and there are totally fine but if all they do is run contests, I’m out.
    Amy recently wrote…Gravity wins again…My Profile

    • December 2, 2012 Alison

      I think some blogs go really overboard with the sponsored posts, reviews, giveaways etc. I don’t mind one here and there, but each and every post? No thank you.

  • December 12, 2012 adrienne

    Haha! Good checklist! I’m honored to you following me in some of these places. :)
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    • December 12, 2012 Alison

      But of course!

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