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The past few days I've been working my butt off and I'm finally feeling like I'm on top of everything. Such a good feeling! I've been offline quite a bit the last week or so, I've been reading a ton + giving mum a hand to make sure that everything's sorted for the wedding. Keeping the productivity momentum going tonight by sorting through my subscription list on Bloglovin'. Lately catching up on blogs has started to feel more like a chore than something I look forward to and I'm pretty convinced that its because I'm trying to read too many. I only allocate a little bit of my time to blogging and as much as I'd like to read absolutely every blog that I'm interested in - it just isn't possible!
I've had a couple of emails recently asking my advice for 'how to start a blog', which is incredibly flattering because I'm still relatively new to this, and am by NO means an expert! What I am however, is an expert in 'things that I like/dislike when I'm reading blogs'. Whether or not I keep reading something is entirely dependent on how I generally feel about what I'm reading. If I have no feelings, or I'm bored then chances are I won't go back. This is something that people cant 'do' anything about, sometimes you really understand where a blogger is coming from and sometimes you don't. As long as you're blogging about things that you're passionate about and that matter to you then you'll find some like-minded people - it might take some time but you will get there!
The blogs that I personally enjoy generally fall into two categories:
1. They're inspirational/motivational in some way + I really get something out of reading each post.
2. I like the bloggers voice and can relate to both them and what they're talking about.
Generally, as long as a blog falls into one of these two categories then I'll read it. Whether I subscribe to it and keep reading it is a completely different story. That depends on a whole load of other things...
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Call me superficial but I like things to look nice. This doesn't mean that I only read blogs with custom layouts, I just prefer thing that are easy on the eye and simple to get around. This includes having an 'about' section that's easy to find, because its probably the first place I'll go. Please don't have music playing automatically, playlists are awesome but mostly I'm already listening to music when I'm online, so I just get annoyed when something else starts playing. There's also the problem where I tend to have like, 50 tabs open at once & I can never figure out which one's playing the music. Its a terrible situation to be in.
Just yes. Images are good, they add pizzaz and give people a good idea of what you're talking about before they start reading. Some blogs I 'read' just to look at the pictures. They don't have to be your own - just make sure you credit the original source. Link with love people!
I've definitely already mentioned my dislike of comment verification, but the way that bloggers respond to comments makes a big difference to me. I much prefer my comment being responded to by email - I tend to forget which blogs I've left comments on and I rarely go back to check for a response. If I get an email though? Not only does it remind me what I've said but its also a great way of getting a conversation started. Some of my best blogging friendships have started out from a conversation that got going because of a comment. I prefer to respond to comments this way + I find it much quicker as well - I can reply straight from my phone/inbox.
Sponsored posts/guest posts/giveaways
All of these are great every now and again, so long as they fit the blog. Some blogs randomly have sponsored posts or giveaways that seem to have nothing to do with what the blog is usually about. Promoting products/other bloggers/ small businesses is a great part of blogging, but its quite easy to tell when someone's just said yes to a feature with no thought for whether it fits with their content. Having guest posters is a great way of introducing your readers to new people, but remember that they're sticking around because they want to hear what YOU have to say!
But the biggest thing of all?
Yes, everything else is important to me - but I will still read a blog that does ALL of the above if the content is original and interesting. There are literally thousands of blogs out there and it may seem hard to be original, but no-body else is you. So just be you and you'll be fine.
Question time: What makes a 'good' blog in your opinion? I'm curious!