What I Like and Don’t Like in Blogs

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:

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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?

1.Gift Guides
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!

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

5 thoughts on “What I Like and Don’t Like in Blogs

  1. Dalia Saldanha May 17, 2016 / 3:49 am

    I agree with the review thing. Uggh. I recently came across a blog where the writer felt compelled (for God knows what reason)to review 100 books in 100 days. You can imagine how THAT went. A week of tolerating ‘It was a nice book. ‘ ,’Book was nice’, blah blah.blah, seriously got on my nerves. I’m no pro either but that was definitely not the kind of biased (or may I say ‘unopinionated” )work I wanted to read.

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    • anhistorianabouttown May 17, 2016 / 8:09 am

      A review doesn’t have to be long to be honest, but 100 books in 100 days?? Clearly you wouldn’t be able to actually REVIEW that many books! What “service” are you providing your readers by offering vague and mildly pleasant reviews??? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  2. ShortSweetandLovely May 17, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I agree with consistency! Like you said, though, it is hard sometimes to update multiple times a week due to outside things (work, family, etc.).

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  3. QuirkyVictorian May 17, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. I agree with you on all of these things. I love reading long posts too, and I thought I was alone in that. Sometimes I’ll click on a post that looks intriguing, and then there’s only two paragraphs. I can’t help but be extremely disappointed, because if it’s an intriguing topic, I want to read about it for a good chunk of time. I want to know your detailed thoughts on this topic, not just a half-hearted summary! That said, my own posts often tend towards the wordier side, and I do try to make them a bit briefer because I know not everyone has time for that. I’d rather people be able to read my full post than skim it.

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  4. ldr13 May 18, 2016 / 7:02 am

    That’s funny you mention you like longer posts as I find them daunting. I love a concise post with plenty of photos especially if those photos are of tea, the seaside, food or make me want to travel.

    WordPress used to say how long each post would take you to read and advised that you keep them under a certain amount of characters to attract the most readers (two minutes and under I think was their ideal) but I notice that function is gone.

    As I’m a writer of novels I do sometimes find it hard to be concise but perhaps I won’t worry so much next time I write a lengthier post. Afterall not everyone is somewhat of a “reluctant reader” like myself. Interesting to hear about what others enjoy reading!

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