This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.
Today, I decided to make a blog post about which aspects determine whether I follow a blog or not. I may seem like a whole lot but it’s really easy to achieve.
People always say don’t judge a book by it’s cover. However I can’t help but think that many people do, me being on of them. If your blog has clashing colours that don’t work together or black background and white text, I am likely not going to want to follow you. Content is important but if your blog looks shabby then it shows 1) that you may be lazy to not think of something relatively appealing and nice and 2) I’m not going to bother to read the content if the text is in really bright colours. Also, please don’t choose unreadable, fancy fonts! No one will be able to read it no matter how gorgeous it may seem. I don’t expect everyone to be able to pay for someone to design their blog or take long hours to create a design. Anything that is easy on the eyes and simple works fine. The templates provided by Blogger and WordPress are fine starting points! The two people that helped me with blog design was (mainly) Livia @ Butterfly-O-Meter Designs and Ashley @ Creative Whim (she tweaked a few things) I highly recommend these two ladies for your blog designs if you are willing to pay money. They both have manageable prices and are extremely friendly!
Once you have your look nailed down–to something that doesn’t necessarily has to be fancy but something appealing, the content is something I will consider next. While I prefer blogs that are updated almost daily, there are many blogs that are only updated occasionally that I love to bits! So if you have trouble with posting regularly and giving out good content, good content comes first so if you can write a convincing review and take time, I’d much prefer that. Another thing I’d like to say is that blogs thatpretty much always rate books 4-5 stars are not going to be followed by me. Sure, there will be the odd few days when you are constantly reading good books but for long periods of time? No. This is because I don’t find your reviews trustworthy enough. I get that people, when they receive ARCs want to send in a positive review however reviews must be completely honest and genuine. Apart from reviews, I also love reading memes and discussion posts, don’t forget to include some (around 2-3 all up in a week)!
What’s the point of visiting if you don’t have social media or talk to me? Twitter and Goodreads are the ideal social medias for all bloggers to have as not only do we get to talk to other readers, but you get to know more about what’s happening in the blogosphere. Ever since I found Twitter, I found my blogger friends.
PLEASE. TAKE OFF CAPTCHA. I think that WordPress users don’t need to worry but Blogger users, turn it off! Many commenters won’t comment if you have CAPTCHA because it’s a pain to do and wastes time. If you don’t want spammers, just turn off anonymous comments. Furthermore, please no clutter on your sidebars! One sidebar is enough. The necessary things are as follows: at least two ways to follow, about me, social media, archive, blog button, search bar and maybe info about upcoming tour stops.
So that’s me, what type of blogs do you follow?
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