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Today's prompt is "Quick! Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs!" In the interest of being "quick!", I'll cut to the chase.
- A good writing style. This one is absolutely vital, or I won't read the blog at all. Also, if the blog doesn't have the other things I like, really good writing can redeem it (for me).
- A clean, uncluttered look. One of my pet peeves is when the content gets squished between two colorful sidebars. Just pick one! People hardly ever look at sidebars anyway.
- A good "about" section. I like to know where the blogger is coming from, which genres they read the most, how blogging fits into their everyday life, etc. I don't need to know their whole life story; I just want to have something to go on. Which brings me to...
- A little bit of personal stuff, but not too much. I don't want to read someone's opinion on books when they completely hide their life from me, but I also don't want every other post to be about non-bookish stuff. If it's a blog about life, the universe, and everything, don't parade it as a book blog.
- Mindful use of the space in a post. First I want to say that this is something I'm still working on, so I'm not trying to say I'm a good example of it! But anyway. When I say mindful use of the space in a post, I mean that they work well with the length of the post: paragraph breaks as needed, appropriate use of white space, appropriate use of pictures, etc. If it's a long post, they break it up with pictures; if it's a short post, they don't make it long by putting in a zillion pictures. You get what I'm saying.
- Decent avoidance of GIFs. Now, I do read some blogs that use GIFs, and they can be funny. But after I've seen a GIF once, I have to scroll down so it's not in my line of sight anymore. I'm not saying I hate them, I just think they can be overused and somewhat annoying.
- Artistic-ness. (No, I could not think of a better way to say that.) This is something I love about other blogs that my blog really lacks (but hopefully that will change, someday). I don't mind a straightforward blog in the slightest, but I do enjoy blogs with an artsy sense to them.
- Books that I like. This is an obvious one, but I like it when the blogger talks about books that I've read or that I'm interested in reading.
- Humor. I have a hard time with bloggers that can't find it in their heart to laugh at a book or at themselves.
- Sarcasm. Maybe it's bad, but I really like a good sarcastic comment or two from the blogger. Sarcasm can be mean in real life, but in blogging, I think it can actually soften a more scathing review, if used in the right way.
- Ample respect for the greats. I don't expect everyone to like all classics; I certainly don't like all classics. But I lose a lot of interest in a blogger who can't give respect where respect is due.
- A good middle ground between cold-hearted critic and ALL THE FEELS. I like enthusiasm and I like criticism, and I hope I can see both in a blog, perhaps even in a single post.
- Intelligent description of things the blogger liked/didn't like. I don't want the blogger to just say, "this book was horrible" and leave it at that. What was horrible about it?
- A mature sense about the blog. I think this one speaks for itself.
- Personality! I think we all like to see blogs that have personality.
What kinds of things do you enjoy seeing on blogs?