So Carla, at My Daily 1/2 Dozen wrote a great post recently about why she reads someone’s blog. I couldn’t agree with her more, and thought I might also list why I keep coming back to your blog (or not :p) Naturally there’s some overlap with Carla’s list!
1. You post regularly. Maybe not daily, but often enough to keep me hanging around. Since I’ve mastered emails to my inbox for my favourite blogs, I can be sure I won’t miss a post, especially when you might only write irregularly. And of course, it’s nice if it’s ‘easy’ to follow your blog!
2. I don’t feel like I’m a ‘customer’. This is a tricky one. If I feel like you’re only blogging for the AdSense dollars, or affiliate link money then I get my back up. There’s some blogs that are on the border of being booted off my reading list for making me feel like I’m only a statistic to make them more money. This also relates to all the Facebook/Pinterest etc love requests. I don’t need you on every stream (even though your advertisers would like to have me following you on every social media site that’s ever existed)
3. You show me in. I feel like you open up the door to some of your life to your reader. There are some blogs I sometimes think ‘is there a real person writing this?’. I’m happy with some sub par photos, it helps me know there’s a ‘real’ life behind the blog life. (Far be it for me to want *good* photos, we all know mine are atrocious!)
4. Your content interests me. I read about a lot of random ‘themes’ as my blog roll covers. I like talking about money, house-y DIY, zero waste, family and managing life (even though I don’t have kids). And any listing or tracking, wowzas, I’m right there like an eager puppy! And maybe you write about none of these things, but I just like the way you do things and I can’t explain why!
5. Sometimes you even say hi. I love a blogger who (even only occasionally takes the time to reply to comments on their blog. It’s nice to know you read what we write, and have a thought about it. Now if only I could master checking back (easy for WordPress blogs and a few people’s who email me, but otherwise a bit tricky)
I wrote this post, not to echo Carla’s, but to shift some bad mojo I’ve been having lately. I seriously considered ‘a week off’ last weekend, I was that worked up! I’d drafted some less than positive posts, cause some of the posts I’ve been reading haven’t been fitting into the above criteria. Hopefully this is a more positive spin on my ‘whinge’ posts… casue no one needs to read those!
So, what keeps you engaged in a blog? And, how do you keep track of your comments and their replies?