Picking up where we left off, here’s day eight in the 15 Day Blogger challenge. It’s hosted by “Good Books, Good Wine,” if you’d like to check it out.
1. They talk about the kind of books I’m into. If I’m not into the books, I’m probably not into the blog.
2. Easy to navigate. If I get lost trying to find a post that interested me, then I give up.
3. Design! It kind of goes with the whole “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Well no you can’t, but we do… and I judge blogs by it too. And since I’m new to blogging, I know how difficult all those design elements are – but as a reader, I know they matter.
4. Respond to comments! I get it when a blog is inundated with comments and can’t respond to all of them. But if I comment on a blog repeatedly with no response, I probably won’t comment anymore. What’s the point? You’re not reading my posts.
5. Blogs that encourage comments. This goes hand in hand with #4. I like a blog that clearly wants to be in a dialogue, rather than just talking at me.
6. A schedule. This is harder than it sounds to put together (as I’m learning) but also pretty important. If I know you have a certain feature on certain days, I know when to look for them and I find myself reading them regularly. If I don’t know, then I probably miss it and start to forget about the blog.
7. Creativity. A book blog is a book blog, and I’ll enjoy it if it has good reviews. But my favorite blogs have unique features that I don’t find all over the place and I come back regularly just to read them.
8. Honest reviews. If every review is 5 stars, I start to think I can’t trust them. No one loves everything they read, and I’d rather read an honest 3 star review than a 5 star review that I’m going to regret trusting.
9. Open-minded reviews. I prefer a review that gives their opinion honestly, but not as if it is the only opinion to be had. It lets me know why you did or did not like it, encourages/discourages me to read it, but does so with an open-mind.
10. Plugged in. I love the blogs that know what’s going on in the world of books and keep me informed. This is something I’m still figuring out how to do well, but would love to get good at. I mean, if you can count on a blog to know when new info about your favorite series is released, don’t you read it more often? I do!
11. Cooperative blogging. I don’t know what else to call this – but it’s fun to see bloggers doing things together and once I get myself more established (say a month in, instead of a week in) I’d like to do some myself.
12. Active. Some blogs post lots and lots of posts in one day. Others post and then disappear for days or even weeks, without telling you what’s up. I don’t need lots of posts in one day, but I do like to see regular posting. I guess this relates to #6.
13. Links. This might sound silly – but I like to see where a blogger got their information from (maybe it’s the graduate student in me that’s always citing sources). It’s just maybe I’d like to check it out for myself and even join in. Plus, it tells me you believe in giving credit where credit’s due.
14. Bringing in authors. These are always a lot of fun to read, since you get to see the authors outside of their books. I hope to do some of these in the future here as well.
15. Have fun! I think we all care a lot about our blogs, but I love it when bloggers don’t take themselves to seriously and can just enjoy what themselves.
What do you dislike?