16.6.14

A list of necessities for your blog - according to me!

Creating a good book blog is hard, and finding a good book blog is almost just as hard. I am under no illusions as to the quality of my site, I'm sure there are plenty of criticisms you could make about it. But that's not what I'm going to be talking to you about today. Today I'll be telling you what qualities I look for in a book blog. You don't have to have all of them, but a nice mix of some of them is perfect!

As much as I might like to be a simple woman, I very much know that I'm not! I love the finer things in life, and value things that are of the highest quality. This includes which book blogs I follow. For me a book blog must have quite a few things to attract me and keep me coming back.

This isn't a list of things to have if you want more people checking out your blog everyday; this is a list of things to do if you want me checking out your blog everyday!

1. A Great Design!

I'm sure there are plenty of amazing blogs that don't have the greatest designs in the world, but I'm not following any of them! I can barely get myself to read your content if I'm constantly distracted by clashing colours and flashing widgets in the sidebar. For me a clean, bright design is the way to go. Sidebars must also be kept to a minimal, and please, no sliding images at the top of your page leading to other posts. Those kill me! I'm more than likely going to exit out of your blog if I see one of those (unless I already love your blog, then tough shit for me cause I'm already hooked!).

...with their slider images.

2. Funny Content!

Now I know creating funny content isn't the easiest thing in the world. Just take my blog for example, you certainly aren't going to find any funny posts around here. Everybody has to play to there skills, so if you're at all funny then go for it! Make me snicker or even laugh out loud if you're a freakin comedian. However please, please don't force it! You can honestly tell when someone is putting all of their brain power into thinking up a joke for their post, so just don't. Nobody does funny better than Cuddlebuggery in my opinion. Everytime Kat has anything to do with a post I'm guaranteed to read the whole thing with a smile at the very least! Her snark appeals to my soul! 

3. Getting Personal!

I love when my favourite bloggers let me see a little more into their lives. I don't want to hear about how you struggled to find a matching sock yesterday, but I love to hear about real struggles you are going through as long as you feel like sharing. The blogging community is so supportive and will all rally around you whether the post is about good or bad news. I love to hear about how you had the most amazing week with your family or how you're struggling to find a new place to live. Showing who you really are will attract people to your blog, trust me! One of my favourite bloggers who isn't afraid to get personal is Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. I feel like I know her so well just from reading her blog posts!

4. Careful With Reviews!

It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of reviews, I rarely have one on the blog. For me there is no point in reading a review. Either I have absolutely no interest in the book and therefore no interest in reading a review of said book, or I'm interested in reading the book and I'm wary of even the slightest spoiler, or I've read the book and may review it in the future so don't want your review to influence mine at all, even subconsciously. So if you post a review everyday and not much else, chances are I'm not following you. If you want to post reviews (and want me follow you) then maybe twice a week would be enough? Two really awesome in-depth reviews will always be better than a five thrown together reviews of books you rushed through. Kepp in mind though that these are my personal preferences, if you want to post twenty reviews a week and nothing else because that makes you happy then go ahead and have fun!

5. Discussions!

This is one of my favourites! I love to read discussions almost as much as I love to write them! I love seeing everybodies opinions on so many different matters in the book world, however simple the topic may be.whether you're writing about how YA is being trashed in the media (and how wrong they are) or you're discussing how you like to sort your books by colour instead of height; either way I'm there and I'm going to enjoy it! If you have well written discussions then I will freakin' love your blog!

What do you look for when deciding whether or not to follow a blog? Let me know in the comments below!


(Please keep in mind that the above is my own opinion, I encourage you to do whatever makes you happy with your blog!)

26 comments:

  1. This is a great list. I'm new to the world of book blogging, so I love coming across posts like this to give me another tip. I especially appreciate number 4. I've so far only written and posted two proper reviews on my blog, although I have included some "mini reviews" and other opinions here and there, and I'm not sure how often I will actually be posting them. I'm glad there are others out there who aren't really into them. That was something that initially held me back at actually opening up my blog. Thanks for the list! :)

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  2. Ha! I think I break most of your rules, so you can just visit my blog from time to time and love me anyway. :-) I actually enjoy reading reviews and post LOTS of them. I've been trying to do more discussion posts, but it's new for me, so I'm getting there. I actually totally agree with you about personal blogs - I totally agree with you about Jamie's blog. Unfortunately I posted my first personal post the other day (a new feature that I was starting) and managed to hurt my husband's feelings with something I said (totally unintentional, of course!) so I took the post down. Um, oops! Not the best start! Sigh. Oh well, back to the drawing board. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  3. I love it when people post their blog content preferences. I'm always curious what other people look for in a book blog. For me, I read reviews on books I'm really curious about or books I've already read to see other people's thoughts. I'm also scared I might read the slightest spoilers so I choose which reviews I want to read. I also don't like reading long review posts because I get bored easily lol. A 1-4 paragraph in-depth review with like 7 sentences per paragraph is what I prefer. Like you, I also enjoy discussion posts! A good blog design is also what I look for in a book blog but I don't mind the slider images at the top. All I want is to have fonts and colors that are readable and that they do not have a dark background with like white or yellow colored text.

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  4. Great post! I agree design and review voice are important. I think it is so important to not include spoilers in your reviews. You don't want to ruin anything for anyone, and I can't imagine that the authors appreciate it either.


    The funny content is harder for me, but I do agree it is important.


    Love your blog design by the way. It is very soft and pretty!


    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  5. But what if it is a funny review?

    I agree with most of yours though, I much prefer clean blog designs, LOVE humor, enjoy discussions. But funnily enough I want reviews.

    My only major turn off is cut and paste memes that require no content. I like lists, but if it only has a picture and the goodreads blurb...I am out.

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  6. I like font that I can actually read. Some colors, while pretty, begin to hurt my eyes after looking at it too long. I don't like music or sound playing in the background. I love discussion posts. One thing I don't like is drama. I prefer a blogger that isn't constantly surrounded by drama. I stopped following a blogger for that reason. When I first started following her, she was holding several giveaways on FB and I won a few of them. She told me "you suck" in the comment under the giveaway I won. I understand it was supposed to be in good fun but that is something you should never say to someone you don't know. As time went on, I noticed she was always having drama with other followers and bloggers. I counted 4 people in 6 months. That's more than what I have seen with all of the other blogs that I have followed for a year or two now combined!

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  7. Yes, I hate when there are spoilers in a review, i dont read them often, but when I do there's usually a spoiler somewhere

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  8. I like blogs that are easy to read, funny and have giveaways that I can enter from Canada. Nothing is sadder than seeing a giveaway for a book you've been coveting and having it be closed to you! I also need to like the blogger in terms of their twitter posts and reviews. Mean people suck!

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  9. I agree with this post so much :) I dislike the thousand-colour web pages and illegible fonts, I find my eyes just slipping away and can't bring myself to care about the content.
    I also dislike book blogs who feature mostly reviews, especially if the blogger's choice of reading material doesn't align too closely with mine. I really like personal content - or at least discussions and opinions on bookish matters. So your blog is really interesting for me!

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  10. Well, reviews are expected on a book blog, but like you, I don't want that to be all I see. I 100% agree with discussion posts and inserting your own personality into your blog.

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  11. I like it too when bloggers put a little personal content in their posts every now and then. And I'm also super-wary of spoilers! I tend to stay away from reviews until after I've read the book, which is a little backwards now that I think about it....

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  12. We post at least 4 reviews a week. Because you know, our blog is about books and book reviewing. Publishers expect us to review. So do our readers. So you probably don't follow us. Ha. Can't say I agree with this. Reviews are the most important part of a blog for me.

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  13. I feel the same way on reviews! Your blog is hilarious & I feel like I'm having a discussion w/ you .. . even though we've never meet.

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  14. For me just discussing books, no matter how you do it, is what is important. I suppose for me, the blog is more for my pleasure, not for publishers. You probably don't follow me either haha! Thanks for the comment!

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  15. Thank you for saying that, it's really incredibly lovely!

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  16. That's what I do too. I have to read the book and review it (if I'm reviewing it) before I dare to check out any reviews. I hate thinking that someone else's review could influence what I thought of the book!

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  17. For me, as long as a blog is talking about books I'm happy! I LOVE when blogs have a real personality and aren't completely dry and analytical. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. You know I love your blog ;) I've never been in that position but I can see how it would be really easy to let happen! I can't wait to see any more personal posts you come up with :)

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  19. In my opinion, it's totally your blog! If you want to post 100 reviews a week go for it! If you don't want to post any then that's fine too. There's no set rules about how to make a book blog. No matter whether you post reviews or not, you'll still find people who like your blog.

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  20. I've never really thought about it like that, but that's such a good point! Featuring bookish posts other than book reviews can really open up your blog to people who don't share your love of a certain genre! I'm really going to have to start posting a few more personal posts! And thank you so much!

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  21. That's one of the reasons I dislike writing reviews, I always find it so hard to avoid posting spoilers!

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  22. I HATE when I see a giveaway that says only open to US/Can! It's even worse when I'm excited that I don't read the rules until after and I do all of the entries! The way they use twitter means a lot to me. It can make me love a blogger I liked and made me reconsider whether I liked a blog if I loved the blogger on twitter!

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  23. I love them! But only after I've read and reviewed the book (if I'm reviewing it). Yeah I'm not a big fan of those types of memes either. I think a lot of them can be made better if you want to though. Like with "Waiting on Wednesday" you can just have a picture and a blurb like you said, of you can do what I use to do when I still did WoW. I use to put the picture and the blurb in the posts but I'd also write around two paragraphs on why I wanted to read this particular book. I think everything is what you make it!

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  24. That's incredibly bad! As a blogger I think it's quite important to be professional. I have never experienced a blogger I followed getting mixed up in drama but if I did I would have to immediately unfollow them I think. It's just not something that I want to have to deal with or witness. Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. I find it so hard to not include spoilers in my review, mostly because I'm terrible at knowing what a spoiler is. I know when it's a big spoiler obviously, but I'm always afraid I'll spoil the reader with something small! Thank you! The lovely Georgie from What She Reads was lovely enough to do it for me!

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  26. If I read a review I also prefer it to be of a similar length. I can just imagine how impossible it would be to read yellow font on a white background. My eyes are hurting just thinking of it!

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