What Makes You Follow A Blog?12:14
Today I’m beginning my fan week, a week dedicated to visiting and supporting other bloggers (you can find more details here). All week I’ll be visiting new blogs, reading their posts, and hopefully following a few. And I’ve been thinking about what makes people want to follow a blog? What blog elements make a us click on that ‘subscribe’ button to get more from this blogger? Today I’d like to present four things that make me more likely to want to follow a blog. But I’d love to hear from you on this too!
Relevant or interesting content. I follow mainly writing and bookish blogs, because that’s what’s relevant to my interests. So I’m more likely to follow blogs that write on these subjects. But sometimes I come across a blog that isn’t necessarily all about writing or books but that has interesting, unique thoughts and opinions. Blogs like these make me want to come back to see what else the blogger has to say because I find their thoughts interesting.
Well written and formatted posts. A blogger might have the most interesting opinions in the world, but if they can’t write them down coherently then I’m unlikely to take the extra to puzzle out what they meant to say. And I tremble inside when I see posts that are walls of dense text with no paragraph breaks or posts that are littered with spelling mistakes that make my eyes skitter over the computer screen.
Clean layouts. There’s something so attractive about an uncluttered blog layout. I enjoy looking at blogs that have plenty of empty space, not too many needless widgets stacked in the sidebar and a simple text font for the posts. Making the follow button, pages and archives easy to find makes a blog so nice to navigate and a pleasure to visit. I’m more likely to want to come back to a blog which is friendly on the eyes and easy to navigate.
Friendly bloggers. I love following blogs with friendly bloggers who make the effort to at least answer their comments. Connecting with other bloggers is where the real magic of the blogosphere happens, and the comment section is often where great friendships are born. I’ve gotten to know many of my great blogging friends from chatting in the comments.
These are just a few of the things that make me more likely to follow a blog. Now it’s your turn. What makes you want to follow a blog? What are some amazing blogs you’ve followed recently?