Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What makes you read a blog?

I often sit here and write a blog post based on what I would like to read if it were on anyone else's blog. That's probably not the best way to go about it if I want to increase readership and while that's always on my radar, so too is blogging for myself as a journal to look back on in the future. Blogs are strange things that not everyone understands. I wrote a post not long ago about who reads my blog in real life and truth be told, I don't tell a lot of people about it because I don't think they'd understand. I mean, blog people get blog people but do other people get blog people? 

Blogs that make me click on them every day to see if there are new post, blogs that make me want to trawl through the archives and blogs that really capture me in every single post are hard to come by. The first blog I started to read that was from Australia was Domestic Divinity whom I am sure you are all aware of. Mez's blog gave me the above and every day I'd click over to her blog to see what else she had posted. 

Since then, there have been a handful of blogs both in Australia and Internationally that I've held on to, though there aren't many that keep me coming back day after day (or when I have spare time to read!). Sometimes, blog direction changes, sometimes people blog less or sometimes they become too commercial. These are all reasons why I have stopped reading some blogs I read every day previously. This is in no way an indication of the quality of their blog, it's just that my interests no longer aligned with their interests and that is ok in blog world. 

I read blogs that show a reader that is down to earth, someone I can somewhat relate to, someone who has a good writing style and can keep readers engaged, someone with a personality who isn't just drivelling on about something. If I find two blog posts written about the same topic with one boring blogger and one blogger daring to show their personality, I'll always choose the one with personality. I read blogs that write about controversial things (not that I do myself!), blog posts that make me think and blog posts that tell a story. 

They don't have to be interesting every day. I know that, because I know my own blog is not interesting every day. 

Why do you read your favourite blogs?


  1. I just like seeing what people get up to on their day to day life outside of work and I especially enjoy reading about food and travel, not so much about beauty and fashion but that's a personal thing.

  2. Great post, I am only new to the blogging world, so i am still finding my feet, but I feel the same way, I write what I want to read, its what interests me and thats what I look for when I read through other blogs, people I can relate too mainly travel and everyday life, not to commercial or paid advertising as I don't know if its 100% genuine. I look forward to reading more of your blog :)

  3. I am still waiting for my guest blog, maybe tonight after marys ;)

  4. I'm going to try and blog more, just for you!

    1. Haha! You don't need to blog more often. I still read every post :-)

  5. Oh wow, great post! I think about this all the time. I also try to blog the way I like to read blogs. I like blogs that tell a story and that are personal. Some of the women I follow on Instagram have blogs. One of their blogs is like a magazine. It's full of interviews and impersonal picture posts. To be honest, I hate it. If I wanted a magazine, I'd go out an buy one. I want to know about the person behind the blog.