As a blogger I like to be a part of the community – I look at a lot of different blogs every week, and today I want to share the things that make me follow one. Keep in mind this mostly applies to book blogs!
I don’t mind a few typos, but when sentences become excessively long because the blogger doesn’t know how punctuation works, or every other word is misspelled – that’s when it starts to bother me. And no matter how good your posts are, if you can’t spell I’m not staying.
Dedication and effort
When I go to your blog, I want to see the effort you put into it. I want to see long posts with lots of details. If all your posts are short and show little effort, why would I follow you?
This doesn’t mean every single post has to be original. I participate in tags and awards all the time, that’s fine – but I want to see something of yours. If you don’t have any original posts, at least make your tags/features/whatever interesting and personal. I want to read something that makes me think this person stands out, and I want to follow them.
This is kind of specific, but I love people who review books. I know tags are usually the most popular posts, but I don’t really like reading them. I don’t care about your personal life (as harsh as this may sound), I care about books, and I want to see honest reviews. If I visit your blog and see that you have reviews of books I like, I’m staying 100%.
A good sense of humour
Some people try too hard to be funny, and some don’t try at all – I always appreciate something in between. I don’t like posts that set out to be funny, because they usually aren’t, but if you throw a bit of humour into your reviews, I can assure you that I will love your blog.
This is mostly related to the comments section. If I leave some form of criticism, I want to see you handle it like a grown-up. There’s no need to attack someone who is trying to help out, and if you get all defensive it just shows that you’re childish and arrogant. Someone who reacts badly to comments will definitely get unfollowed (or not followed at all).
A good feeling for what’s problematic
I feel like this is missing from a lot of blogs. I see so many people review books that are very problematic, and they just don’t point out these things. If there’s sexism, homophobia, racism or any other form of discrimination in a book, I want you to talk about it. Otherwise I’m gonna think that you can’t see those things and are oblivious to the way people who aren’t like you (straight, white, male, etc.) are treated a lot of the time. Either that, or you consciously decide to ignore it, which is even worse.
The following things aren’t mandatory, but they definitely add a lot to a blog.
- Shared interests. This one is pretty obvious. If you like the same books (or the same stuff in general) as I do, it’s much more likely that I’ll stick around.
- A focus on LGBT+ themes. If your blog is dedicated to the representation of queer people in literature, movies, TV shows, or any other form of media, I will stay 100%. What can I say? I’m gay trash.
- A user-friendly design. This one is not very important to me personally, because I read blog posts on my phone, so I don’t see much of anyone’s template anyway. However, I used to read posts on my computer, and if a blog had bright colours or was confusing in any way, I would leave immediately. Try to keep it simple and easy to read – and also, don’t put too much in your sidebar, it’s annoying and makes your blog hard to navigate.
There we go, those are the things I look for in a blog! If you have any recommendations for blogs you like that match these criteria, please feel free to leave them in the comments below! And of course, let me know which things you look for in a blog.
‘Till next time and happy reading!