Hello 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.
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.
What makes you follow a blog?