Lately I’ve been reading so many posts about “Why I Stopped Reading Your Blog” or “Why I Won’t Read Your Blog” and honestly, I’ve had just about enough of the negativity. I don’t want to tell other bloggers all the things they are doing wrong because we already get enough judgement from people who don’t understand blogging. I read a lot of blogs (I mean A LOT of blogs, like hundreds of blogs) and after the last “why I stopped reading your blog” post I read I decided it was time to reflect and tell you exactly why I do read your blog.
When I said I read hundreds of blogs I wasn’t exaggerating. I subscribe to a lot of blogs on BlogLovin’ and I check that feed every morning before work. I subscribe to other blogs via e-mail subscriptions and I read through those on my lunch break. I follow others on social media and various blogging groups I’m a member of and I’ll browse through those at night. I’d guess that I read 20-30 blogs per day, throughout the day, and no it’s not always the same blogs every day because even my favorite bloggers have some posts I don’t click through to read. How do I decide which posts to read?
You’re Being Vulnerable
If you’re opening your heart up and letting your words pour out you can bet I’m going to click through to read it. I love feeling like someone is having a conversation with me and providing insight into their thoughts and feelings. I like when you get deep and tell me what’s weighing on your heart, what’s troubling you, what’s inspiring you and what is going on inside. I love these posts because they make you feel more human to me and they make me feel like I’m not alone in my self-doubt and struggles.
You’re Teaching Me
I won’t lie. If it’s a home DIY tutorial I’m not clicking it but that’s because I live in an apartment in the heart of Atlanta and I don’t DIY anything. I call maintenance if something needs to be fixed. DIY and me do not mix and I have no desire to try to learn. If you’re sharing a recipe, a fashion tutorial, a cleaning tip, self-improvement advice or a new app you’ve learned about I’m clicking. You’re sharing knowledge I want so I’m reading because I want to be “in the know”, you know?
You Look Good
I’m a sucker for a good fashion post. I’m not good at writing them myself but I do love scouring through your fashion posts especially if you look amazing in that first photo. Fashion photos draw me in and if you’re wearing something I love – a cute dress, whimsical shirt, statement accessory – I’m going to read it and I’m going to click your affiliate links and I’m going to check out your recommendations.
You’re Being Positive
There is so much negativity out in the world that I really dig it when you’re being uplifting. Are you sharing cute pictures of your cat or your dog or your kids? Telling me about a great trip you took or an awesome party you had over the weekend? Are you sharing a fantastic piece of scripture that spoke to your heart or how you did something to pay-it-forward? Are you talking about how you accomplished a goal or are you encouraging others to follow their passions? If you are then you can bet that I’m reading it.
I don’t really care about your punctuation or if you make the occasional grammar or spelling mistake. I don’t mind if you’re photos aren’t the greatest or if you reply to every single comment that I leave. I don’t even care if you’re not always posting on a 100% consistent schedule (although please don’t disappear from me for weeks at a time). I also don’t care if we don’t always see eye-to-eye.
What I do care about is that you’re relatable and you’re sharing from the heart. Keep on doing that and we’re cool. You keep writing and I’ll keep reading, agreed?
What brings you back to a blog over and over again? Why do you read the ones you read?