Book Blogger Challenge – Day 8
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Quick! Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs
(AKA 15 rants about blogs)
It took me forever to come up with 15 bullet points! This post killed my brain. I had to visit a dozen different blogs to figure out what I liked, because I was out of ideas on my own by #6.
1. Easy to read – I’d rather the blog have a default design than something that distracts from the blog posts. The background of the blog posts should be a light color; the text should be dark and not in some funky font. Neon colored text is never okay. Neon color background is never okay. Neon is only cool in moderation.
2. Regular updates - Most of the blogs I visit update daily, however I’d say a minimum of once a week would be okay. I just want to know that if I come back next week, I’ll see something new to read.
3. Unique content - I like for there to be something on this blog that I can’t find anywhere else. It could be a certain meme, great reviews, or thought-provoking discussion posts. If it seems like everything on the blog is regurgitated, then I won’t return.
4. Moderate amount of comments – I get intimidated by blogs that get hundreds of comments. I don’t feel like if I respond that my comment will even be read, never mind responded to. I’d much rather visit a smaller, newer blog that I know the will read and respond to me.
5. Easy to enter giveaways – If there’s giveaways on the blog, I don’t want a whole lot of hoops to enter. I know I’m guilty of doing this in the past on my own blog, but it’s not fair that I have to bombard my twitter followers every single day with giveaway spam to stand a chance to win that awesome book. I also don’t like the ones that require a blog post comment when there’s nothing to comment on.
Blog: Hey, I got an ARC signed book by this author! Leave a meaningful comment to enter.
Me: *sad face, closes tab*
What constitutes as a meaningful comment? Are you looking for me to gush about an author/book I’ve probably never read? Do you want me to brown-nose and tell me how awesome your blog is and how I promise to comment every day for the next 16 years if I’m picked. Do you want me to come up with some random question to ask the author when all you’ve posted is a synopsis of the book? What? What?
6. Scratch my back – I love it when people respond to my comments and I get all tingly when they go the extra step and visit my blog and comment. It makes me feel special and you gosh darn better believe that I’m coming back to your blog again and again.
7. Negative reviews – It’s difficult for some bloggers to “hurt” an author’s feeling by giving them a negative review on his/her book, however it’s necessary for your opinion to have any merit with me. If you rate every book 5 stars, then your blog feels more like a promotional platform. Negative reviews are not a bad thing for authors to get. You’re not hurting them by giving them one or two stars. I’ve often bought more books based on the negative reviews than I have of the positive reviews.
8. Well-written reviews – Please give me concrete evidence for why you liked or hated a book. The review doesn’t have to be long, it just has to cover what worked and what didn’t work.
9. Personality – Show off your quirks and don’t be afraid to like what your friends hate. I also like bloggers that have a “thing”. See me, I like to read about kick-ass villains. I enjoy horror over romance. When talking to my designers about my next blog theme, I always say: Don’t be afraid to add more blood. Never can have enough blood.
10. Opinionated – I like it when a blog is a die-hard supporter of a couple authors. I also like it when a blog is willing to take a controversial stance on a topic. Be true to yourself and promote what feels right.
11. Pictures – I’m not a huge gif fan, but I do like there to be at least one picture in a post. It helps break up the wall of text and my eyes thank you. For reviews, just add a cover and maybe a photo of the author. For discussion posts, find a semi-relevant image/gif and stick it somewhere in the middle. And yes, there is a point where you have too many pictures. Don’t break my phone just because you want to upload your entire Photobucket album.
12. Memes in Moderation – Memes are an easy way to fill up empty days in your blogging schedule. They’re a great way to meet people. But when every day is a meme day, it feels like there’s no unique content on your blog. I try to do 1-2 memes a week, 2 reviews, and 1 discussion post.
13. Maturity – I like reviews to focus on the book. If you feel the need to insult the author in your review, then don’t write the review. I waited nearly a week to write a review for a book I hated because it got me so heated, but it’s childish to insult a writer when I know nothing about the person. All I know is that I didn’t like the book the author wrote. And thus, that’s what needs to be in my review. Also, it sickens me when bloggers go on and on about how hot a character is in a YA series. They’re no better than Beiber fans…ugh. Their “gushing” tells me nothing about the book itself.
14. Links – If you’re writing a book review, include links so that I can buy the book or at least check it out on Goodreads. If you were inspired for your discussion post by another post, include the link so I can follow your inspiration.
15. 1337 speech – I don’t mind the occasional LOL or BFF, but I prefer blogs that are written in English, not “Newspeak”.