20 March 2011

What Do You Look for in a Blog?

When I read blogs and intend to follow them, I look at several things. The first thing is subject matter--does it interest me? Does the writer talk down to the readers or is she even friendly? Is the blog just a "store front" for etsy or other sales venue? Let me explain what I mean.

Subject matter--that should be pretty much self explanatory. The vast majority of the blogs I read are about crocheting. The authors post pictures of their finished projects and usually post what patterns the project was made with. I also enjoy blogs that are about being thrifty--within reason--I may make my own laundry soap but I'm not going to grow my own coffee beans :).

Authors who talk down to their readers. I don't mind if you mention that you have certain talents or educational background. Just don't be a bragger--it is boring to hear someone go on and on about how great they are. Be friendly with how you present yourself and also realize that your way of doing something isn't the only way.

There have been a few blogs that I've read a few times but decided not to continue with because the majority of the posts were illustrations of what was for sale on etsy, ebay or other online store. No matter how cute your blog is, I'm not going to be a "regular" there. You may be saying, "but Sharon Marie, you have adsense ads and Amazon ads on your blog." Yes, that is true but if you notice, I am not selling anything in my posts.

I had been following a couple decorating blogs. They were all about "my house, me, me, me" and I stopped following them. I enjoy reading about your adventures in decorating and commiserating with you over the difficulty in selecting paint colors but when it appears to be a bragging book about what you have then I'm not interested, sorry... Don't care to read blogs that are largely used to promote businesses or products. If I want to read ads, I'll google whatever it is that I'm looking for.

Also appreciate bloggers who ask my opinion. There is no way that I can leave comments for every post I read but I certainly do read the posts on the blogs I follow and often I leave comments when the poster asks a question of the reader--if I have some ideas about the subject matter.

Nothing has happened recently and I'm not upset with anyone or any blog. I just thought it might be interesting to post what I look at before I decided to follow a blog. I follow over 200 blogs (many haven't posted in months so I'm not reading all of them everyday) and I wanted to open a discussion to see what others look for in blogs they follow. So what do you think? What are your ideas? Maybe this discussion can help us improve our blogs... Hope y'all are having a grand weekend. Hugs...

ps--I know that I have to work on being "friendlier" here. I have "people" issues that I'm working on and I do appreciate all of you who visit me here.


  1. It's interesting to read what keeps you coming back to a blog. I think I'm pretty similar to you. I'm fairly new to blogging and I'm trying to keep my blog interesting and friendly. Blogging is not as easy as it might appear, is it?

  2. Blogging definitely does have its difficulties. I check my stats and hope that will give me an idea of what readers like. I wish I could finish an afghan a day to post about. :)

  3. I do follow blogs that have crochet content as I'm such a fan of the craft, although now getting into cross stitch too. I have found many, many wonderful people through their blogs. Most, especially in the crafting arena, are lovely. Thanks for stopping by to see me. I'm your newest follower. Look forward to coming back alter to browse. Have a nice day.

  4. Hi Sharon Marie - What I look for in a blog is of course, mostly crochet - but I do like other crafts too - and I like a blog that updates regularly.

    What I don't like is copycat blogs. Same projects in the same colors, same silly words. If I click to a blog and I see stuff I've already seen a few times, then I click out. No need to waste time if I've already seen it. :)

  5. When a new blog is introduced by someone, I'll read their little bit that tells about them and scroll through some of their posts. I like to read about all sorts of things and if I find someone that has similar interests, I like to follow them. I also love to see blogs with pictures of things that are different than my life. If there is someone that lives on a farm and they post pictures of their farm, animals, and talks about their daily life, I find that interesting too. But, I do especially love to see pictures of crochet. I think it's very motivating. Enjoy your Sunday evening Sharon Marie.


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