Finally, I get to write the first post of the year. I know It’s kinda late but it’s all good so long as I do it right? Anyway where are my manners, happy new year to you all and I hope you’re all having a great start to it. Last year, I wrote a post on reasons why I don’t stay to read your blog and as much as it did really well, I also got some backlash from other readers who thought it wasn’t fair and that I was on the wrong. One may think that it would stop me from continue writing but as I wrote on that particular post, they were all my opinions and that I knew some would disagree with me and it was also totally okay if that happened, today’s post is the opposite. Here is why I read your blog.
I was asked by some of my readers what I would like to see in other blogs and what would make me stay to read them too. So these are my answers and yes people, once again I know that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea but that’s just perfect. We are all entitled to our own opinions, don’t come for me. So what exactly would be in your blog that would make me stay and read it without exiting in seconds?
1. SIMPLE LAYOUT
We all know that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I tend to do that sometimes, it’s human nature. When it comes to a blog’s layout, it should be easy to follow and just simple. I know we all all want the most professional looking website but that can sometimes hurt your blog if you’re trying to include too many things from slides, to movable images just let it be. I will read your blog if I’m able to find something easily and fast, from your categories to your blog posts. If I can get to your about page without having to pass through other categories then I’m happy. Make your layout to be simple and easy to manoeuvre without someone having to stress about where to find your comment section or the pin it button.
2. ACCEPTABLE FONT SIZE AND COLOUR
I will stay and read your blog if your font is readable and the colour is also visible. Have you ever found a blog post you really want to read only to click on it and find that you can barely read the post? I’m talking about the light fonts that you have to squint your eyes to differentiate whether it’s really an “E” or an “O”. I know that some templates come with integrated fonts and all but you can at least find a plugin to make it easier for your readers. Don’t be angry if I tell you that I can’t read your post because your font colour is pastel grey, if there’s even a colour like that or your font is so big that it overpowers my eyes. Onto the next point.
3. GREAT POST LENGTH
I will read your blog if it has the right length, which I can’t say specifically what it is but usually just depends also on your font size because some may look longer or shorter depending on that. I know as a blogger that you might sometimes have so much information to give and you just want to throw it all there at once but you forget that in this day and age, unless I’m reading a novel, I honestly will not keep on reading your blog post if I see that I’m on page four of a book and there’s no sign of it’s ending, keep it straight to the point and I will read it.
4. RIGHT AMOUNT OF IMAGES
I like blog posts that have inviting images and relate to the context without being too much at the same time. I mean five images is okay but we all know those blog posts that have one sentence to begin with then followed by 12 other images that look totally the same and take over the whole screen and finally finish with a thank you sentence and see you next time. You know yourselves, I will not be reading your blog post if I have to see six photos of the same bracelet, shoes, doughnuts, mountains and sea views just keep it to a minimum please. I have seen it already.
5. YOU’RE RELATABLE
Another reason why I read your blog is your capability of being relatable. Since I usually read more of the same blogs all the time, I have come to know the voice of the blogger so to speak and I am able to relate to them which makes me stay and read their posts. I’m not saying that you have to have a certain something but in a way you sort of already do if you know what I mean because you are being YOU and not trying to be anybody else, that’s why I read your blog, you are authentic and I love that. I wrote more about all this in my other post here, do check it out.
6. YOU REPLY BACK
This might not be a priority for some people but as I said in the beginning, it’s why I read your blog. What I mean here is that when I comment on your post and ask a question, I would like an answer back even if it’s later on. I usually like reading other peoples comments too to see what they wrote and if we have the same thoughts on the post and if the author replied back to them. If I comment asking for advice or help on something and never ever get a respond back, why in the world did you tell me to ask a question in the comments if you were not going to reply back? Once I spot which blog that is, it will be rare for me to come back because you already left a bad impression by ignoring my question.
So there you go, the above points are why I read your blog and also reasons for me to come back again and again. I hope that answered the questions some of you had asked and that I explained them properly. If you have any other points to add on this, feel free to tell me in the comments below. Once again I wish you a happy new year and onto another successful blogging year. What are some of the things that make you keep going back to a blog?