I’ve posted before about what I look for in a blog, and what makes me want to continue reading. But lately I’ve been thinking about this again, and a comment Amy made on Twitter yesterday about feeling a bit sad when she decides she doesn’t gel with a particular blog and decides not to read it any more, got me to pondering a bit more.
In my Google Reader, there are currently 46 blogs.
I add and delete very regularly, but have a ‘core’ of around 15 blogs which stay there through thick and thin, and are my ‘long-term’ reads.
I tend to have three or four blog reading sessions a week, and generally read from top to bottom as they pop up in my reader (though sometimes I’ll pick out a few favourites to read first).
What attracts me in the first place:
- an element of something personal in the writing
- anything to do with thrifting or bargain hunting immediately sucks me in
- humour/makes me laugh
- well written, succinct posts, without too many huge long paragraphs
What keeps me reading:
- regular posts
- content that I can relate to and which entertains me
- reciprocal commenting (to clarify: if I’ve found a blog I like, and have commented on posts several times, and have not had any response to my comments either by a comments on my blog, a response comment on their own blog, that does tend to put me off a bit, unless the content is exceptional).
So, what do you look for in a blog?
How many blogs do you read?
Once they’re in your reader, are they in for good, or do you swap and change about?
I’d love to know.