When you discover a new book blog, what makes you stick around to read their blog? When you follow a book blog what makes you click on their posts in your RSS feed reader? When you’re clearing out the list of blogs you’re subscribed too what makes you keep that blog? What makes you visit that blog over and over again? What makes you WANT to read a book blog?
For me, I find that I fall in love with a book blog for only a few reasons, however if they’re done right you’ve found me a reader for life.
1. We have similar tastes in books
If the blogger/s and I have similar tastes in books then I will definitely stick around! I feel like this is so important to me because if I don’t like the book content the blog is posting then I will never visit the blogs posts. I won’t comment either because I don’t like commenting on posts that don’t inspire a response from me.
Clearly not everyone has the same tastes in books, but if the blog also posts other content that I can relate to or I’m interested in then I will stick around that blog.
2. The blog frequently posts discussion posts
I love diverse content. I love it when a book blog isn’t just book reviews and book memes. I love discussions posts, I love reading them and discussing them. I love lifestyle posts, I love book related anything really. If a blog posts more than book reviews and meme’s then I will definitely stick around.
3. The blog posts consistently
By ‘consistently’ I mean at least once a week. Visiting a blog you love to read and finding they haven’t posted a post in two weeks is really disappointing! What am I meant to comment on?!
4. There is no meme-overload
As much as I love how meme posts help people find more readers, I get really bored when my whole feed is filled up with everyone posting the same post. I actually kind of dread the Top Ten Tuesday posts… I honestly don’t think I read them anymore and have to sift through them to find other blogs content.
5. Original content > book reviews & memes
There is more original content than there are book reviews and memes combined.
What else can I say? I like original content more than I like reading meme posts. As for book reviews while I do enjoy reading a book review of a book I’ve already read, I mostly stay away from book reviews for books I haven’t read and want to read, or plain have no interest in.
6. The blogger has fun writing their posts
By this I mean it’s clear you can see the blogger enjoys writing their posts. The posts are well laid out, they have feature images, the bloggers sense of humour can clearly be heard through the writing, they respond to their comments and invoke a discussion. I love to see the blogger in their content. It makes it a lot more fun to read.
Why do you stick around to constantly read a blog? What makes you want to visit the blog time and time again? What pulls you in?