So last week I was having a comment conversation with Asti and we sort of talked a bit about what type of blogs we like to follow and it got me to thinking:
What is it that makes you want to follow a blog?
I know for me that when I first started blogging, I mostly followed those who followed us and I found a Goodreads group that specifically did this. You follow someone and they returned your follow. Then I realized that hey, these people never really visit. what good are followers that don’t actually visit your blog? Yes, you can claim you have so many followers but in reality, it’s just not true.
So then I started entering the blog hops of giveaways. Nearly everyone wants you to follow them for these, so you end up following hundreds of blogs (and getting hundreds of followers if you also have a giveaway). Again though, now you have all these followers, but they aren’t there because they like your blog, they are just there for free books. So you can claim so many followers again, but no one is still reading your blog.
I’m ashamed that with my first blog I did these things. I have hundreds of blogs that I follow and I don’t have time to read that many. So I’ve been slowly unfollowing people (most of them don’t even post reviews of books I’m interested in) to clean up my bloglovin’. Now before I unfollow or even follow a new blog, I look at the content they have. I’ve become a reader that mostly looks out for blogs that have a variety of content. People who post reviews (of books I’m actually interested in), discussions and don’t participate in an overwhelming number of memes are generally people I’ll now follow.
I like to read reviews of books I’m interested in,if I’m not going to be reading them in the near future, or ones I’ve read. Then I actually have something meaningful I can post on their thoughts.
I like reading discussions. Maybe I’m just really nosy, but I like to know what other people opinions are on certain things. I also like being able to discus and share my own thoughts on it in the comments.
I guess another thing that ties in there is that I like to follow people who actually respond to my comments. I don’t care if they don’t respond to something small, like if I were to tell them I enjoyed their post, but if I leave a meaningful comment that takes me awhile to post and they say nothing? I’m kind of insulted. Again, I don’t care if it takes awhile for them to respond, but if like two weeks later they still haven’t responded to me but have to others, it makes me feel like they don’t care about my comment, even though I spent more than a few seconds on it and clearly thought about what they said. They don’t even have to visit my blog, just leave me a reply and I’ll be happy!
I do like when people comment on my blog. When I get comments from new people, one of the first things I do, after replying to them of course, is to go visit their blog and check out some of their content. If I liek what they have, I’m most likely going to follow them! There are a lot of blogs out there and this is something that can make you stand out of the group.
I also mentioned memes. Some blogs are exclusively memes, did you know that? I know there are tons of memes out there for every day of the week, but if your blog is just memes (no reviews even), you’re not a real blogger, you are just pretending to be one. You have to think about your own content, make something that’s going to separate you from the hundreds of other blogs out there. I’m okay with blogs that post maybe 3 memes a week, as long as they have unique features and well written, interesting reviews, I will follow them. Your content is important.
The last thing I like is unique blogs. The ones who you can tell that they actually care about what they are posting. People who try to come up with their own features, it’s doesn’t always work out for them, but at least they are trying! Or their blog just looks awesome. Maybe their reviews are different from everyone else, it doesn’t matter, if something makes them stick out, I will follow them.
So I guess this is what it comes down to for me, if you want to convince me to follow your blog:
Reviews of the types books I like to read
Don’t go crazy on the memes
Reply if it’s clear I left a thoughtful comment!
Comment on my blog so I can check out your blog, if I haven’t already!
So that’s what makes me follow blogs, what about you? Do you have certain things that will make you press that follow button?