I have this blog. And i’m not doing anything with it, but i’m not really sure why. I desperately want to redesign it, or at least tweak the design so that it’s responsive, but that’s irrelevant if i’m not writing anything in it. So i’m going to do some musing.
First of all, if i were reading my blog, what would i want it to say? Here are the things i look for in blogs:
(Note: THIS ISN’T AIMED AT ANYONE. This isn’t meant as a critique of other people’s blogs. This is just me trying to feel out what i want to do here.)
1. Original content
I don’t like re-hashings of other people’s content. “So-and-so said this on his blog yesterday.” If i cared, i’d be reading So-and-so’s blog. “Look at these funny photos/cool music videos/neat craft ideas i found.” That’s what social media is for—to share things that aren’t yours. Blogs are where the things that get shared live. It’s where ideas are born and presented to the world. I also don’t care much for guest posts. I suppose if it’s very similar to and/or ties in with what i’ve already subscribed to and is something that the blog owner thinks i’ll genuinely be interested in, it’s okay. But keep it rare. I don’t want a blog to send me away to another site. I want other sites to send me to blogs.
2. Original photos
I really like to see people’s photos in their blogs whenever photos are relevant. Actually, i spoke too soon—i really like to see GOOD photographs on people’s blogs. It makes me angry as hell to see their fugly green Instagram photos all over the place. It really makes me want to close the window, but that’s just because i have this weird hatred for filtered photos. I’m also not interested in seeing photos that have to be credited to someone else. Or stock photos. They HAVE to be original and unique to the post they appear in.
3. A voice.
I like to read blogs to see what’s going on inside someone’s brain. I also love vlogs for this reason—because it’s just someone talking to me about what’s on their mind, and i love that. I don’t get enough of that on a daily basis, sadly. I don’t subscribe to blogs to do my shopping or to be convinced of things or given suggestions for my own life (with the exception of gardening and non-craft-DIY stuff, because i’m actively trying to learn about it). I subscribe to blogs because i’m interested in people.
4. Decent writing
If you’re gonna write, please try to do it well.
5. Life updates, but not just a laundry list
It’s cool that you went on vacation in a really neato place with really fun people. But unless you took some breathtaking photos… I don’t care a lot what you did on each day of your trip. I do want to know what’s going on in your life, but i want to know what you’re feeling and thinking about, not just what’s happening.
6. Not recipes.
I love food and i love cooking and i love people who make up awesome recipes and share them on the internet. But i leave the subscribing to food blogs to other people and rely on Pinterest to help me find what i’m actually looking for. I’m just not interested in what you ate for dinner last night, i’m sorry. Same goes for tutorials—i’ll rely on Google to help me find the tutorial i need when i need it. No reason to subscribe to random weekly tutorials, unless it’s someone like me who’s suddenly all “holy shit, i’ve been using Photoshop for ten years and i just figured out this really useful, simple trick!” That i do like.
7. Words, not SWAG.
I don’t subscribe to blogs for giveaways. SWAG just doesn’t interest me that much.
8. Reactions, not recaps
I don’t need a recap of a movie. Either i’ll watch it myself or i’m not interested in it. But by all means, tell me what it made you think about and why you loved or hated it. Same goes for books. And also albums—if you’ve just discovered some amazing music, i want to know about it. But a brief “this is wonderful and it made me feel ____” and a single youtube video will suffice. And i wouldn’t subscribe to a blog that was nothing but reviews.
I loooove seeing people’s creations. And it’s way better when they write something about what inspired it.
I love rants! I wouldn’t subscribe to a blog that was nothing but rants, but i love it when people use the opportunity that a blog provides to go off the handle a little bit and get passionate about something. This is your stage and i want to know what you have to say, even if i disagree with it.
11. Decent length
Sometimes you can say a lot with few words. But i read blogs because i like to read, so go ahead and actually write something. That said, i also read blogs because they give me small doses on a regular basis, so don’t write thousands of words in a single blog post.
12. Personal stuff
I don’t think i’m willing to get very personal in my own blog, but i absolutely love it when other people do. Blogs are like public diaries. Sometimes that’s a really bad thing (fifteen-year-olds on Myspace?!) but sometimes it’s so… cathartic?
I like reading people’s little stories. Essays, i guess i should call them. Mostly i like true stories, but one time a friend of mine wrote a story about a morning in her dream-life, and that was also beautiful.
14. A certain frequency
I don’t want to read any one person’s blog more than once a day. Five times a week is actually what i find to be good maximum, since i don’t usually read blogs on the weekends. But i think once a week is probably a good minimum. If it’s been longer than a month i might unsubscribe, ’cause i’m not sure if you’re ever coming back.
I like to know that the blogger wants my input. And i really like it when the blogger responds to my comments (in the comment section, not via email).
I think that about sums it up. So, i’ll be mulling this over and maybe posting something of substance sometime soon. Maybe.