Today I want to discuss the topic: What I look for in a book blog. This of course differs for everybody, but here I will state my like-factors and you can share yours in the comments or in your own discussion post.
- Reviews of my kind/genre of books.
This one is fairly obvious. I follow book blogs to get new recommendations for books and to see what other people think about the books I read. If a blog only reviews adult romance novels for example I won't follow it, because I will most probably never read their posts. A mix of genres is not a problem, but I mostly follow YA-only blogs. You have to have very interesting other posts, like discussions or tutorials, to make me follow a non-YA blog.
- A clear blog design.
Of course, the first thing you see when opening the blog is the blog design. I like blogs to be clear and clean. I don't really like sidebars on each side of the blog filled with flashy banners of all teams and blog tours etcetera, that in the worst case make music. This will just distract me from the actual content. A few banners are nice, just don't overdo it. The blog should be readable, so no weird fonts or fluorescent font colours. And if I want to follow the blog, I don't like to search for half an hour for the follow button.
- Good and original mix of posts.
I like the occasional meme. Especially the Top Ten Tuesday posts I always read with much joy on every blog. But when I see a blog only consisting of memes I click away very quickly. Memes are just not very original and personal, and I follow blogs for reviews in the first place. Same goes for blog tours. I like blogs with original content, like discussions and reviews. If you alternate these with some memes, I'm happy to follow you.
- Comment (back).
I like blogs who comment on other blogs and participate in discussions. If someone comments on my blog, I always try to comment back on a post on their blog. And if I see a nice, thoughtful comment on a blog, I will definitely check the blog that commented out. Commenting is not a requirement for following, but it will bring me back to your blog once I follow you and it will get you noticed by others.
And please: leave your blog link in the comment or in your Disqus profile/name, otherwise I won't be able to visit your blog!
Here are a few examples of blogs that meet the points above:
I swim for oceans - Has a great 'Let's Talk' meme!
A bookish heart - Original post mix!
Flip that page - Super fun discussions!
YA escape from reality - Awesome comments!
There are many more blogs I love and frequently visit. Sorry if I did not mention you, I love you!
I hope you guys liked this post and I'd love to know what you think.
What do you like or dislike in a blog?