I told myself that I wouldn’t write “How To Blog” posts because that’s not the direction I want to take this blog. There are so many great sources of blogging knowledge (HeleneInBetween & Jade&Oak & Mattieologie & BudgetBlonde & byRegina) who have great content, courses, webinars, and they are all successful bloggers. I also don’t have as much experience as any of them, I have tried blogging in the past but have always been unsuccessful.
As a fellow blogger, and one who is trying to grow my presence online, I spend a lot of time exploring and reading other blogs. Especially when I have to spend a lot of time catching up on my Bloglovin feed. Thankfully it doesn’t require too much knowledge or experience to read blogs! With how much I’ve been reading through posts and clicking to new blogs, I realized a few things and figured maybe my opinions about reading blogs can be beneficial to bloggers.
12 Reasons Why I’m Not Following Your Blog
Popups: If I go to your site and I am bombarded with popups every time, I’m not following your blog. It really is just annoying to have something popup in my face. I want to have a chance to check out your site and see what it’s all about before deciding whether or not I want to subscribe. I don’t care if you offer me something free, I’m not following your blog if I don’t know what it’s about. With that being said, I’m also not following your blog if you…
No bloglovin: If you don’t have a link to Bloglovin. I’m not following your blog or subscribing by email until I know I consistently like the content – visiting your site once might not assure me I like what I see (maybe you’re new to blogging). I also get way too much email so I’m less likely to follow your blog via email anyways so it if you want followers you should have alternative options for following your blog.
No follow buttons: If I have a hard time finding ways to follow you, I’m not following your blog. If you want followers you should have the buttons easy to find. Also, if your links are broken and don’t take me to the correct pages I’m not following your blog. I’m not spending my time finding you, make it easy for me and others to follow you.
Too much text: I have seen several “How To Blog” posts that constantly reiterate – break up your text with images. This is way more aesthetically pleasing to your readers and it makes it easier to read. Break up your text with quotes, lists, or pictures.
Bad images: Image quality is so important. I know I’m guilty of using poor images on posts (see my Garth Brooks World Tour + Trisha Yearwood review). But images are very important in getting people to follow your blog. It’s not doing you any favors if you post grainy, blurry, or too many of the same picture. Narrow it down and pick your favorites, the picture isn’t completely different if you’ve tilted your head a little differently.
Read more: I’m pretty lazy and don’t want to have to click to see the rest of the blog post. Chances are, I’m skimming over the post before reading it more in depth (browsing your pictures first) so I won’t be intrigued enough to read more. And if I have to click another button to keep browsing then I’m probably not going to read it. I know I lose interest very quickly in those articles on Facebook that are ’27 times people did something’ and you have to click next to each picture or description.
No consistency: I don’t want to be rude, but I’m not following your blog so that you can have more followers. I’m following your blog because I’m genuinely interested in what you’re posting and what you have to say. So I like seeing regular updates, more than once a week. I understand life gets in the way sometimes, but if you don’t seem active or post consistently I’m probably not following your blog. And this doesn’t mean you need to post everyday, even posting twice a week would make me happy… but my favorite blogs are the ones where people post everyday (minus a day or two on the weekend I guess!)
Private social media: I get that we all want privacy, but a blog kind of puts you out there into the public. I like to follow people on Twitter and Instagram as well as following your blog because I think you’ll be interesting or we can chat informally. If I want to follow your tweets or updates, I don’t want to have to wait for you to approve me.
Broad posts: Posting about what you did for an entire week or month will be very broad. You will probably leave out all the minute details that make the story entertaining or if you put a ton of detail about everything into one post, it will probably be too long to interest me.
Weird Fonts: If I’m having trouble reading your posts I am probably not sticking around very long to see what it’s about and not following your blog either. I have seen several blogs that aren’t using scripts or cursive type fonts but still have a different font that makes the entire post harder to read. Using a different font for headers or to put emphasis on words is ok, it’s when a weird font is used for the entire body.
Cluttered Sidebar: This is hit or miss. Some people have a lot going on in their sidebars, but it can be relevant or done nicely. But I strongly dislike seeing a bunch of weird ads up there cluttering your page. It also really irritates me when your ads are covering up part of your pictures – though this might also be you not sizing your pictures correctly which is equally as annoying.
Typos: If I’m mentally editing your post as I’m reading, I feel that you’re not putting a ton of effort into your writing or your blog. If you don’t care about the quality of your writing or take your blog seriously, then why should I? I’ve read that your blog should be treated as your business, with every post being a pitch to potential sponsors (via Mattieology). I get that we all make mistakes sometimes, it happens. I’ve definitely turned in big research papers that have stupid typos – using to instead of too (because both are words and my laptop thinks it’s correct). But if I feel like I need to offer to edit your posts before you hit publish, I’m probably not following your blog. Maybe I’m a grammar freak that needs to get a life, but I can’t help editing everything I read (yay for being an English major).
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