I’m still a newbie blogger, so I can’t act as if I’ve got this all figured out. I’m not the type of person to come to for advice when it comes to blogging. I’m still finding out new things as I go.
But it’s an interesting question, isn’t it?
What really does make me follow other blogs? I myself only follow a blog if I really, really like the blog. I thought this would just be an interesting post, but I think it could also be used for advice for other bloggers.
Let’s get to it;
The blog has to be visually pleasing. Obviously, if a blog’s heading font looks a little strange, but I love the content, I’m still going to follow the blog. But I’m not talking about the minor details. I’m talking about wacky fonts that I can barely read, bright colors on brighter colors. AKA no thought going into the visual aspect of blogging whatsoever. But sometimes, it may not even be the big problems. It could just be that the blogger has a really boring page.
Don’t call me shallow, it’s a valid reason.
I may sound a harsh, but let’s be real— I have to like how a blog looks if I am to follow it. A nicely designed blog shows that the blogger is thinking about their readers and . . . well, knows what they’re doing.
The blogger themself interacting with commenters and followers. I think this is really important. I obviously understand that if you have hundreds and hundreds of followers, it can be hard to reply to everyone, but you should at least try. I think it shows real understanding when you see a huge blogger engage in a real conversation with a newer one. As for new bloggers like me, we should be grateful for the people who take the time to read our posts, and then comment on them. I love interacting with the few people who actually like my posts, and I think most bloggers do.
The blogger is really friendly. This relates to my previous reason, but you can’t help but like nice people. I know people who think
I can be brutally honest in real life but online I sound . . . nice? I think the fact that I sound friendlier online is a reason why people actually follow me. And I love sweet book bloggers! Especially ones who help newbies.
Here’s a really important one; I have to like the blog’s content. This is super important. And there has to be a good balance and mix of posts. I don’t like seeing only memes, or only book lists. It’s so much more interesting reading a variety of posts. I would set up a schedule. For example, if you want to post 3 times a week, you could do something like this;
Tuesday: Blog Series Post
Friday: Book List/Discussion Post
Sunday: Book Review
Obviously, you can change it up as you’d like, but I think it’s better if you stick to one schedule. I myself am trying to stick to this schedule, but I sometimes change up the posts I’m doing. Like instead of a book list I do a weekly meme. Instead of a discussion post, a book tag. That sort of thing.