Thousands of bloggers out there write “blogging tip” posts; I don’t think that I am entirely qualified to advise anyone on blogging, though. This post is not meant as an endorsement or criticism of any particular blogs, but more to simply explain my reading/following habits! Everyone wants to see something different in the blogs they follow- here is what I enjoy:
1. Longer posts
I’m not saying that I need a novella, but I love seeing posts that I can spend 5-10 minutes reading and exploring. I think that Instagram is fantastic for images, so I typically follow blogs (vs Instagram) to read their posts rather than see images.
2. Honest Opinions
I don’t criticise any blogger for partnering with brands, but I find it frustrating when bloggers review a product and only gush about it. Realistically, there are few products in the world that we lovely completely and can’t find a single issue with. If you continually tout products that are “oh-my-gosh, so utterly perfect, I couldn’t imagine a bigger miracle”, I will start to question what your starting point is. We’ve all been burned by dishonest reviewers. If you don’t like something, I will read that post the same!!
3. Consistent Posting
I think that this is something that we all like to see in blogs! I understand that not every can write multiple posts a day, or even 5-7 posts a week. (I struggle, I fully admit that!) However, if you can only manage two posts a day, please post consistently on the same days! I follow a number of blogs that I know their posts are up on Tuesdays and Saturdays- I specifically visit those blogs on those days. If you are all over the place, I find it hard to follow and eventually become disinterested.
What are my pet peeves?
I used to love seeing gift guides, but there has been such a crazy proliferation of blogs posting gift guides for everything imaginable. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, April Birthday, May Birthday, Spring Wants, Nordstrom Sale, Recycling Day, Wednesday. We get it!!!! I still enjoy reading indepth gift guides every once in a while, from bloggers who take the time to write about each product they recommend and provide explanations. But just a collage with links ends with me being sad and frustrated.
2. Reposting Old Content Without Updating Anything
I would rather that you take a break and post less often, rather than reposting old content. Often times, I will read through old posts on my own, and when I first follow a blog, I usually look through many of their older posts. Reposting older content with no changes makes me think that they have written a new post, and that leads to disappointment when I arrive at the blog.
What do you like and dislike in blogs?? Please leave your answers in comments below, even if I am committing the crime myself!