So, whenever I read a new blog, I look for a few key things that encourages me to stick around. And I always wonder what makes people continue to read my blog or to click away. . . so I thought that I would share my key blogging pet peeves, in hopes, that you would share yours too. . . and maybe we can all learn a bit more about what different people look for when reading blogs.
When I first click on a new blog, I look for 3 things:
#1. An about me section with a picture. I like to read a brief summary of what their blog is about and I love to see a picture of the person writing – it helps me feel engaged by the blogger.
#2. Easy links to social media. If I find a new blog that I love, I want to follow that blogger on social media. And I want it to be super easy to do that!
#3. Easy to read text. No crazy font. The type is centered and doesn’t go across the whole screen – I think that is super hard to read – IMHO.
And then when I start reading their posts, I look for 3 more things:
#4. Easy to comment. You know those blogs that have the code you have to type in to comment, those things are the worst! And they will often deter me from commenting.
#5. Comment reply – remember that comment reply notification plugin? I think that is super important to have and I hate when I comment and the blogger comments back, but I don’t know it because they don’t have the plugin installed.
#6. The ability to pin their post.
Some bloggers, don’t have the Pinterest plugin –> that plugin that gives you the option of clicking the Pinterest button to easily pin their post. So frustrating when I love their post but I can’t pin it!
And one more thing. ..
#7. Apologizing for being gone. This is one of my personal pet peeves. The “I’m sorry I disappeared on you guys” or “I’m sorry that I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to post.” I actually LOVE that you are too busy to post! Just fill me in on all the exciting stuff you were up to while you were gone. Never apologize for having a life and living that life! Ok, I’ll step down from my soap box now. . .
So, what are your must-haves when you read a blog? Or pet-peeves?