It’s the eighth day of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine. And as the idea behind today’s post is being “quick” I’m going try and honor that and not ramble on as I usually do.
It goes against everything in me, just so you know.
But this is a challenge. It wouldn’t be called that if it was super easy, right? Right.
So, instead of my usual long wind-up, I’ll just give a quick reminder that to learn more about this challenge, head over to the “Let’s Get It Started” post on April’s blog. You can join in at any time and now’s as good a time as any.
And so, without any further ado….
1. Good design. I prefer reading posts on a well-designed blog. Doesn’t have to be a paid-for design. Just has to be visually appealing.
2. Discussion posts. It’s so much easier to chime in when something is being discussed. Silent stalking of blogs makes me feel guilty.
3. Variety. Too much of one thing can be limiting. And boring. Reviews, discussion posts, promotional posts, tutorials offer a nice mix.
4. Interesting sidebars. I love checking out what’s going on in a blog’s sidebar(s). Sometimes I spend more time checking them versus the posts.
5. Ease of navigation. I love being able to find things easily. If it’s too complicated I just give up.
6. Share buttons. Blogs who opt not to have post sharing buttons can be frustrating. Especially when I want to share. Love the share option.
7. Search capability. If I can search for it, chances are I’ll end up checking out more pages on the blog.
8. Silence. If I hit a blog that has some kind of noisy countdown widget or auto-play video, I won’t go back.
9. Review archives. If I want to get to know a blogger I’ll check out some of their reviews for books I’ve read and reviewed. Can’t do without an archive.
10. Honesty. I like bloggers who are themselves, who speak in their voice and don’t try to emulate someone else’s. Snarky, quirky, serious, fun. Whatever. Just honest.
11. Favicons. Maybe I should have listed this in my quirks. But I prefer to visit blogs that have favicons.
12. Consistency. I like knowing the blogs I visit will have their weekly features up on a certain day and time. I prefer visiting blogs that don’t disappear for weeks or months at a stretch.
13. Effort. I like blogs that show the blogger cares about their blog, takes the time and puts in the effort to make it theirs and make it appealing. I’ll take the time to read if it appears the blogger took the time to post.
14. Personality. I like a blog that doesn’t feel like I’m visiting a commercial website. A blog with character is one I’m more likely to visit.
15. Originality. While there are certain not-so-original “must haves” for book blogs, I do like to visit blogs that have at least one thing that feels just a bit original.
Well, that wasn’t so bad. I tried to keep it short. (And it was short… for me.) I tried to pick quickly. (But it took awhile.) I wanted to add visuals. (It would have been counterintuitive.) I decided to keep it basic. (I hate basic.)
But what about you? What appeals to you on the blogs you visit? What makes you return to a blog again and again? Is it common interests? Giveaways? Quality of writing? Number of reviews? Type of books reviewed? Style of reviews?
Do you like your blogs with a side of snark? Do you prefer fun to serious? Blogger to WordPress? YA to adult? What appeals to you?
Tomorrow’s topic asks the question, “Why do you blog about books?” And I’ll be back to answer that then. Not so quickly.