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6 Reasons I’ll Follow Your Blog

capture-20190313-162856.pngHello lovelies! How are you? Today’s post is about a topic I’ve thought about a lot and that I’m pretty sure most of you have thought about a lot as well. That is: What makes someone want to follow your blog? In the ocean of similar content – what makes your blog stand out? The short answer is: I don’t know, I’m clueless, it’s all a complete mystery to me. The slightly longer answer is that it’s individual, we’re all entertained and engaged by different things and the thing that makes one person follow your blog is probably the reason someone else won’t. But these are a few of the reasons I’ll follow your blog:

1. INTERESTING CONTENT

Let’s start with he most obvious, shall we? Good content makes me hit that follow button every single time, But what is good content? Personally I really like blogs that have some variety in their posts. If I visit a blog and see that every single post is the same weekly memes, I probably won’t follow. But if I visit your blog and see a lot of creative, interesting and original content – I’ll follow you immediately, cause I wouldn’t want to miss your next fun post!

2. YOUR PERSONALITY SHOWS

Sometimes I’ll visit a blog and feel like I’m meeting the person behind it. Whenever that happens, I follow them. If I feel like I’m getting to know you, you likes and dislikes, your passions and interest, your opinions and dreams, through your posts I’ll want to come back and get to know you even better! Everyone’s got their own limit for how much of their personal life they’re comfortable sharing, but I don’t think you have to get personal to show off your personality. It’s not just about what you share, but how you share it. It’s in your writing style, your choice of words, your humor, your opinions, the topics you chose to talk about, the photos you take, the colors you choose for your blog, even in your blog’s title. It’s all part of making your blog a reflection of you.

3. YOU LOVE YOUR BLOG

I genuinely belive that If you write what you love, it shows. If you pour your heart and soul into every post, it shows. If you work really hard at something and put in the time and effort, it shows. Seeing bloggers who are passionate, dedicated and excited about their blogs makes me feel so happy and inspired – and it makes me want to support the heck out of them and their blogs.

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4. YOU INTERACT

I love the blogging community. I love blog hopping, reading your posts and making friends. When I follow a blog, it’s always with the intention of interacting with the blogger. So of course I’d rather follow bloggers who feel the same way, bloggers who answer their comments and comment on other people’s posts too. Bloggers who seem like they genuinely want to connect with people. No one’s perfect and blogging takes up so much time, it’s only natural to fall behind with answering comments and blog hopping sometimes (I know I do.) But if I see someone who never answers their comments, I probably won’t want to follow them. Cause that’s rude.

5. YOU’RE ACTIVE

This doesn’t mean you have to post every day or three times a week or even once a week. I follow a lot of blogs who post less often than that and I honestly get so excited every time I see they’ve posted something new. But if your last post was 2 months ago and the one before that was 5 months ago, I probably won’t follow you. Simply because I’ll assume you won’t be around much.

6. AESTHETICS MATTER

Listen, I’m not going to lie.. As much as I don’t want to be shallow – aesthetics do matter. But only to a point! Sure, we’re all drawn to beautiful graphics and illustrations (I love all of you talented people for blessing my eyes with these) But you don’t have to have gorgeous graphics or incredible photography skills to be an amazing blogger. As long as your blog looks tidy and is easy to read and navigate – you’re golden. For me this means:

  • Your color scheme is calm.
  • Your font is easy to read.
  • Your posts are easy to find.
  • Your follow button is easy to find.
  • Your posts aren’t big blocks of text.
  • You use (clear) photos or graphics in your posts.

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What makes you follow a blog?

 

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70 thoughts on “6 Reasons I’ll Follow Your Blog

  1. I agree on many of these reasons. Especially with 1, 3, 4 and 5. Like you put effort in commenting on someone’s blog and they never reply. Do they even read your comment? Do they even care? I can’t do graphics, so that’s why my content is mainly consisting of written text text

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  2. I definitely follow if people are active and their blog is easy to read. I don’t even need it to be the prettiest thing ever, I just need it to be user-friendly and readable. Blog hopping is also so important! These are great things for us all to keep in mind, thanks for sharing!

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  3. I agree with all of these! For me, I will follow a blog as long as it has original content. I like seeing a blogger’s personality through their own creative posts, rather than just weekly memes. I don’t mind weekly memes, but I like discussions and reviews, too! 🙂 Great post!

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  4. Yes, ALL OF THESE. My number one reason for not following back (actually, number two reason; number one is that I don’t follow blogs that read exclusively YA – not my thing and there are just too many to keep up with) is when I can’t get a sense of who the blogger is through their posts. Like, if I just want to learn about books, I can look them up on Goodreads. I need to see some personality! Also, not replying to comments is such a pet peeve, or replying to a super thoughtful comment with ‘thanks!’ or something equally quick and dismissive. I know blogging takes up a ton of time and we don’t always have time to reply to comments with a proper essay but when someone’s putting in time and effort to engage with you, brushing them off is just rude.

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    1. Those are both super valid reasons not to follow back. I used to try to follow everyone back, but I completely lost track of who people were and that made scrolling through my reader feel so impersonal. Besides, I’m never going to interact with people who only post about books/topics I have no interest in. That’s exactly how I feel about people not replying to comments. I don’t mind if someone takes a long time to reply, people get busy, but not replying at all or being dismissive is so rude. You’re so good at interacting with your readers, btw. You always give really lovely replies 😊

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      1. I used to follow everyone back too but I ended up having to unfollow a bunch of blogs for the same reason, I couldn’t tell who anyone was! I still follow around 500 blogs and I’m always trying to cull that number, it’s hard when there are so many brilliant blogs out there but there are only so many hours in a day 😭 So now when I’m choosing who to follow I try to stick with blogs who have some overlap with my own reading tastes as well as a distinct personality that comes through in their posts.

        And aw thank you, you are as well! I always enjoy chatting with you 😊

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      2. I follow about the same amount and it’s definitely not the most manageable. I’m really bad at unfollowing though, it makes me feel so guilty. So I’ll just try to be really selective about who I follow from now on and stick to blogs I think I’ll want to engage with. I really like your ground rules!

        Aw thank you, too 😊

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      3. I only unfollow if the blog hasn’t been active for about six months, or if they just post YA and they’re someone I’ve never spoken to 🙈 I feel a bit bad but I also want to make sure I’m following blogs that are fun to engage with, I don’t want to burn out on blogging by wading through a bunch of posts that don’t interest me every day. But, it’s tricky!

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      4. I don’t want that to happen either and I definitley see how following too many people you don’t interact with could lead to that. I think I’ll try to channel your energy and unfollow some blogs I’ve never spoken too. That can’t be too hard!

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  5. Yes I agree with all of this!! I also love it when bloggers take time to produce content for their readers. Of course you want to blog because YOU love it, but it’s awesome when bloggers take time to share things that will benefit others, too. 🙂 (Like this post!)

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    1. I definitley think a person’s voice is one of the most important things in a blog too, it’s what makes a blog stand out. I’m so glad you agree and that you found my post useful! Thank you 😊

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  6. This is a great post! I agree with all of your reasons, especially the one about interacting with people. I’m not always great at this, but I always appreciate it (it is one of the reasons I love your blog so much!! 🙂 )

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  7. I like to have a mix of blogs where the content matches my content and content that is completely out of my comfort zone. This keeps me in the sphere of what is happening in my world so to speak while stretching myself in the greater book world and beyond, if that makes sense. I have learned things about mental illness, Iceland, generating content, blogging tips (like this one) etc..

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    1. That makes total sense! I mostly follow blogs that post similar content to mine and have similar reading tastes, but I also love following blogs that are outside of my comfort zone. I think it’s a great way to broaden my reading (and blogging) horizons and as you say, learn about different topics 😊

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  8. This is amazing! I agree with you.
    Sometimes I hesitate on commenting on other bloggers because I can’t 100% express myself in English haha (English is not my native tongue) but at the same time I get sooo excited on interacting with other bloggers. But believe me, I’m trying so hard because I want my blog to grow 😊😊
    Other than that, I’m so grateful that you’ve followed me before even though I still lack in a lot of aspects. This post made my day! Thank you! 🤩😍

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so glad you agree 😊 I wouldn’t worry so much about that, most bloggers are so nice and just excited to interact. So I don’t think anyone would mind if you’re grammar isn’t 100% and I’m sure lots of people can relate, so many book bloggers are international (I’m from Norway). Besides your English looks great to me and practice makes perfect 😊 I’m so happy you enjoyed my post ❤️

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      1. Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I consider this blogging community as a safe haven for me. Most bloggers are so nice and friendly that it makes me want to be friends with everyone! Haha. It’s so positive in here and it makes me forget my problems for a while. ❤️☺️

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  9. All good reasons! I don’t have as much time/energy for my blog as I’d like, but I enjoy reviewing mostly queer books and sharing reading experiences with others, and respond to posts or comments 😀

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s totally understandable, for most of us blogging a hobby and we have a lot of other stuff going on. Sharing reading experiences with others is my favorite part of blogging, it’s so nice to feel like part of a community of book lovers 😊

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  10. Agreed. The look of a blog is what locks my interest and then the content is what keeps my interest. It’s honestly not that looks are everything (because they aren’t) but they are important with that initial contact with a blog… they spark that first bit of interest. The rest of your points are what keeps me interested after the fact 😂

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  11. 🙂 Before I follow a blog, I check to see if it contains the type of content that I am interested in as well as how often the person updates their blog (I appreciate it when the blogger is consistent with their posting).

    And, I love your reasons for following someone else’s blog.

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  12. I think good content and a blog that’s easy to read are my top two reasons I follow someone. Like, your blog can be pretty but if you’re not a good writer or your content is lazy, I won’t follow you. Interacting is so important as well. I don’t expect every comment to have a reply for someone who has hundreds of followers/comments on a blog post but a big part of blogging for me is the community! 😊

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    1. I agree! Good content will always be number one for me. A beautiful blog design might catch my attention, but it won’t keep it for very long if the content isn’t engaging. That’s a fair point, for big bloggers it’s probably just too much to keep up with. But interacting with other bloggers and being part of a community is my favorite part of blogging 😊

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  13. I’m trying to get back into a blogging routine and I completely agree with these. I love when I see a bloggers personality shining through. And I love themes that are pleasing to the eye. I must admit that I haven’t been as active on blogs in the last year, but that is what seems to happen when you have a toddler and then try to get back into a routine after a move. 😉

    Love this post!

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you agree with some of my reasons!

      It must be challenging getting back into a blogging routine, when you have so many other things going on in your life. Good luck and welcome back to the book blogging world 😊

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  14. I have to say that you’ve put down all points that I really agree with. I especially love bloggers who are friendly and who interact with their readers! Great posts with great points!

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  15. I agree on so many of these point! And I must say that my top one reason would be interaction. I see no point in following someone – unless their content is just so good and so uo my alley that nothing else matters- if they don’t care enough to intract. I will assume you
    are fishing for followers and likes and don’t actually care about your readers.

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    1. I’m so glad you agree! That’s how I feel about interaction too, it shows that a blogger cares about their readers and appreciates someone taking the time to read their post and share their thoughts 😊

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  16. Okay, first of all, that list of March post ideas is making me SUPER excited. And I see that little “quiz” peeking from the end there. 😉 I really hope you get a chance to do that one!! Second of all, I agree with all of these! I used to follow back every person who followed me because I thought that was courtesy for bloggers, but I try to be more selective now. Aaand this reminds me, I need to stop procrastinating and do an update on my blog design. 😛

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    1. Aw, thank you! That makes me so happy 😊 The quiz is definitley coming, though probably in April instead. I have way more ideas than time on my hands 😂 I’m glad you agree with my reasons. I think following everyone back is so nice in theory, but it makes it really hard to keep track of people and stay in touch, which is my favorite thing about blogging. So I’m being more selective too! I find your blog so visually pleasing, but I look forward to seeing what changes you come up with! 💕

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  17. This is such an interesting post Aurora and thank you for sharing what makes you follow blogs. I’m always intrigued as to why people follow certain blogs and not others because I’m nosy and like asking ‘why’ and finding out people’s reasons. Obviously it differs per person because we’re all unique and like different things but it’s really intriguing.

    I agree with all your reasons and I think they apply to me too. If someone has gorgeous aesthetics I may follow because my eye likes pretty things but if there is no unique content or blogger personality than I will probably eventually unfollow. But then, if someone has unique content and a blogger personality but never ever responds to any of my comment I also end up unfollowing because I feel like I’m trying to talk to someone who doesn’t want to listen and I’m like, what’s the point?! I know I take an age at the moment to reply to comments on my book blog and my blog hopping has become sporadic but I will always reply to comments (however late I do it!) because someone has taken the time to interact with me and I appreciate their interest.

    Great post!

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  18. Great post Aurora! I agree 100%, even though I myself don’t stick often with some of these reasons, especially 1, 4, and 5 eek. But I know these things are important to my followers and I’m trying. 🙂 As a graphic designer, I just can’t look at someone’s blog if they use non-harmonic colors which ALL pop out, it hurts my eyes and soul. Also, if I see some fonts, like comic sans, papyrus, etc, I’m sorry but I’m out. 😀 Your blog is lovely though, and you are lovely, and I’m not saying that only because I adore you! ❤

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    1. Thank you Marina! I don’t agree that you don’t stick to 1 at all, I always find your posts very interesting to read (and not just because I adore you too) 😊 I don’t always have the time or energy to be active and interact either, but I try my best too! Too many bight colors is the worst, sometimes text and background go together so badly I can’t force myself to read it. Can I ask your advice on fonts? I change mine all the time and I can never decide on one that looks good and simple. Thank you so much, I’m honored to have your graphic designer approval ❤️❤️

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  19. I agree with all of these but especially #6 !! The first thing I notice about a blog is how it looks. (Its like judging a book by its cover. We aren’t supposed to do it but its impossible not to!) If your blog is counter-intuitive or the colors are annoying then I don’t want to deal with it! (Your blog is lovely btw 🙂 )

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  20. I totally agree with these! Aesthetics do matter. If I go on a blog and it’s got crazy colors and bright font that I can barely read then honestly I’m out right away. You don’t have to be a graphic genius to have a cohesive and nice looking blog. I also think interaction is so important. I find it kind of frustrating when certain bloggers basically never take the time to go comment on other blogs – you kind of lose motivation on visiting them if they never reply to your comment or visit your blog.

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    1. I’m so glad you agree! Aesthetics are people’s first impression of your blog, so I think it’s so important to try and make it a good one. We’re totally on the same page about interaction, if I try to interact with someone and get no response I eventually stop trying. It’s more fun and meaningful when interaction’s mutual 😊

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  21. I love this post SO much and all of your arguments here, too, I can so relate to these. I’m always looking for a little of variety in blog posts, a mix of reviews, tags, memes, original discussions and things like that, I always like to read different kind of posts and YES to the “you love your blog” point. I feel like it really shows when you read a blog post that someone really enjoyed writing and… I am SO here for this. ❤
    Fantastic post! 😀

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  22. I love this post! For me, interesting content and personality really work! But it’s always nice to find a blogger who’s also consistent.

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  23. I think interesting content is my biggest deciding factor. I want to follow a blog that I’ll be able to interact with, so when I see that a blog is full of discussion posts and other unique post I almost always follow. On the other hand if a blog mostly does reviews, especially of books that I’m not interested in, it’s a lot less likely that I will follow. I want to be excited whenever I see a new post in my inbox, and so I always try to do my research before following a new blog. Wonderful post!

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    1. This is exactly how I feel too, I want to follow blogs that I’m always excited to read and interact with. Otherwise keeping up with everyone just becomes a chore. Thank you so much, I’m really glad you enjoyed it 😊

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