What do you look for in a book blog?

09/01/2015 Blogging, Discussions, Reading 53

What do you look for in a book blog?So I’d love to know, when you discover a new blog, what is it that makes you (or stops you) clicking that follow button?

I follow a lot of blogs but I definitely have my own criteria of what I am looking for which I use to not only decide whether or not to follow other blogs but to decide what to post on my own. For example, I personally like when blogs don’t do too many reviews, so I try not to do too many reviews on my own blog. But then, of course, there’s the problem that ‘not too many reviews’ is a part of my own criteria, and maybe other people love lots of reviews!

So I decided to share what I look for in a blog, and I’ve love to know what you look for!

I have split it into two categories: ‘musts’ which means I will base whether or not I follow the blog on this (and tends to be more content related) and ‘Likes’, which are just a few preferences and don’t really make or break the decision. And of course, I’m by no means trying to offend anyone here, these are just my own personal preferences!

So here goes!

Musts

  • A good balance of reviews and other posts

Whilst reviews are an integral part of book blogging, I occasionally come across blogs that are literally all reviews, and if I’m honest, I probably won’t be following if this is the case. I’m only really interested in reviews about books that I have read or are interested in reading, so the blogger would have to have a very similar taste in books to me for me to be interested in most of their posts. I don’t even think this is just me – I know my own reviews tend to get the least views and responses out of all my posts, yet they take me the longest to write. At the same time, I sometimes feel like I don’t write enough reviews (because they take me so long to write!), and as a book blogger they are pretty important, even if I don’t want to be inundated with them. Therefore I think the key is balance, and I’m trying my best to do this with my own blog – one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to vary my content more.

  • Not too many memes

In the same vein, I sometimes come across book blogs that are literally all memes – as in they do a different one every day of the week, and that constitutes their entire content. Whilst there are some memes I don’t mind – for example I’m pretty nosy and like reading people’s Top Ten Tuesday posts to see what they picked – for the most part I just skip past most of them when flicking through my Bloglovin feed.

  • A sense of the blogger

Whilst book blogging is totally different to say, fashion blogging, or lifestyle blogging, in that you don’t really need to know what the blogger looks like or have much insight into their personal life, I still like it when you can read a blog post and really get a sense of the person behind it. I know there’s definitely an art to this though, as I myself have often struggled with my blog writing voice (I was institutionalized by years of academic writing!), but I like to think there’s some kind of personality coming across on here.

  • Easy to comment

If I follow a blog, then I’m more than likely going to comment on it at some point in the future, so it’s all the better if commenting is an easy process. I don’t mind CAPTCHA too much, but blogs where you have to sign into various accounts (which you may or may not be signed up for) and have to jump through hoops just to comment really puts me off, and in most cases means I just won’t bother.

Likes

  • A design that isn’t too busy

In the same way you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you can’t judge a blog by it’s design, and to be honest I read a lot of blog posts in Bloglovin anyway, and so often can’t see the design. However, it’s definitely a bonus if a blog looks nice, and if the background is so busy or so dark that I can’t read the text, or it distracts heavily from it, then obviously that isn’t great!

  • Pretty pictures and graphics

Images can really brighten up a post, and so I do like a nice picture to look at, whether it’s a picture of the book in question, a photograph or some of the pretty graphics a lot of blogs have.

  • Discussion posts

I love a good discussion post, which is why I’m trying to write more myself. They’re really easy to comment on because usually the blogger is asking you a specific question that you can answer, and they tend to get a good conversation going.

  • List posts

I love list posts and have been meaning to do more of these myself. I just think they’re so fun and easy to digest, and I always like reading them.

  • Advice posts

So this really isn’t a staple on many book blogs – you see it a lot more on lifestyle blogs – but I’m a sucker for a good advice post! Whether it’s blogging advice, writing advice or even photography advice, if there’s any of this on your blog then I’m probably sold!

So what about you? What makes you (or stops you) clicking that follow button?

53 Responses to “What do you look for in a book blog?”

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Good question! I mainly look for: 1. Content that relates to books that I either have read or am interested in reading. 2. An attractive design (there are some blogs I will still follow even though the design makes my eyes hurt, but there are others that I just can’t read because they are too dark/busy/etc.). 3. A blogger who responds to comments and seems interested in conversation with readers. I’m interested in doing more discussion posts myself…thanks for the inspiration!

    • Laura

      A blogger who responds to comments is a really good one! A sense of community is definitely something I look for in a blog, so seeing a blogger who engages in conversation with readers would definitely make me more likely to follow.

  2. Leannan

    Thanks for this post. I’ve never asked myself that question because I usually follow blogs pertaining to books but after reading this I feel like it is time to start looking for new blogs that pertain to my other interests as well.

    • Laura

      That’s great! I go off the books on a blog too, but seen as I don’t really read many reviews it’s more about the other content for me. Good luck finding some new blogs!

  3. Silvara

    I like discussion posts. That’s usually what get me to follow a blog. Reviews are nice to read, but a lot of the time I don’t know anything about the book or author and never seem to come up with anything to say. Also, blogs where the blog owner actually responds to comments.

    I also like posts that tell you a bit about the blogger. I love Pabkins’ Art It Up posts for instance. She shows off the art she’s done that week, and I get to daydream about owning it!

    Blogs that have too many animated gifs I tend to avoid though. A few here and there are fine, but when there’s more than 4-5 in the same post it gets too busy. And also has a tendency to set off my vertigo.

    • Laura

      Bloggers who respond to comments is definitely important, as it shows an engagement with the readers and the community as a whole, and that’s one of the best things about blogging!
      And I feel the same way about gifs – I can deal with one or two, but where every sentence is followed by a relevant gif it can be a bit annoying, and it’s hard to concentrate on reading the text when the pictures around it keep moving!

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Interesting topic! I really like blogs that don’t have a TON of book reviews either. It’s hard to find a balance sometimes, but it’s more interesting to me to see a mix between book reviews, memes, discussion posts, and other unique features the blog wants to include. I also like getting to know bloggers a bit in their posts. I want to do more discussions this year, but I also try and share some things about myself in my various reviews- I figure it helps make them a bit more unique.

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      I think a balance of content is definitely the best thing, as it keeps it interesting and means that somewhere along the line there will probably be a post I will be interested in reading. And I like the idea of sharing things about yourself through reviews! I think part of my problem with reviews is that they can be a bit samey, I guess, so that would make them so much more unique. I will have to check out some of your reviews!

  5. Pamela Nicole

    Great post! Usually, it’s the layout and design the ones that usually pull me in. A blog that at first sight looks organized attracts my attention to its content, and if I like that, I follow.

    Also, I’m there with you about the being easy to comment aspect. This is especially true in blogs done using Blogger, in which the comment system is a pain. It usually turns me away from commenting.

    • Laura

      You’re right about the whole layout thing – a nice-looking blog definitely makes you more likely to read the content in the first place.
      And I tend to have trouble commenting on Blogger blogs too, so I usually check they have the Name/URL option before I comment, as that’s a lot easier than having to sign into different accounts!

  6. Lola

    While I love reviews, just like you I don’t read a lot of reviews. I do read reviews for books I plan to read or are interested in in some way and soemtiems even when I am just a big fan of the blogger, but if I have no connection with the book I probably won’t read a review. I like being able to get a sense of the bloggers personality and I like it when they posts discussion posts or something like that, although it isn’t a must.

    I am with you on the design, it’s pretty important for when i decide whether to follow a blog or not. It has a bit to do with the general feel I get from a blog. When I made the commitment and started following a blog the design seems less important although design with white text on dark background really annoy me as it makes it more difficult to read.
    Great post!

    • Laura

      Thank you!
      I definitely agree that you can get a real sense of a blog through it’s design, and I think a really cluttered, messy looking blog kind of makes you wonder about the quality of the content before you even read it (and it might be really good, so it’s a shame if a bad design puts people off!). The white text on a dark background is definitely a major design fault, and it can kind of hurt my eyes after a little while!

  7. Stevie Larwood

    I find I’m a bit of a sucker for Wish Lists on blogs (mainly book ones). Although, lists in general are a weakness of mine. I find it a lot easier to stick with reading a post if it is set out in list format and broken up. I find myself super distracted if I’m faced with one solid block of text!

    Even though I blog about fashion as well as books, there are only a handful of bloggers that I actually follow down to their personal style. (And even then, it’s their personality that has drawn me in along with their outfit posts). So yeah, if the person blogs about a mixture of things I’m pretty happy. I guess the main topics that lure me in are books, music, TV, film, fashion (in that order) which is kinda weird I guess, seeing as the majority of my posts are outfit posts.

    • Laura

      I’m definitely with you on the list thing – solid blocks of text are so off-putting, and it’s so much easier to read when it’s broken up into separate points!
      I follow a few fashion bloggers too, and whilst their style is obviously really important as a deciding point on whether I want to follow their blog, personality is a huge factor for me too. They could wear the nicest outfits ever, but if there’s no personality coming across I’d be unlikely to follow.
      I also like a bit of a mixture of topics on blogs too, and I actually really enjoy reading lifestyle-type posts, which is pretty weird as well, because I don’t write any myself!

  8. Francesca

    I pretty much agree with all your points. I think a variety of content is the number one for me too. And as someone who has worried about not posting enought book reviews (im not the fastest reader in the world) I actually think they aren’t the most important thing either.

    • Laura

      Sometimes I can be a fast reader, and sometimes I take ages, so at times I struggle to keep up with posting reviews as well. But as you say, they aren’t the most important thing, and seen as I don’t read that many myself I should probably worry about it a lot less!

  9. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I enjoy both reviews and other types of posts, so I don’t mind when there’s a lot of reviews, but I do agree that I want more than JUST reviews. And I definitely want more than just memes too. Top Ten Tuesday is the only meme that I really love! And, yes – please make it easy to comment on your blog! Totally agree about pictures too! Great post!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  10. Ashley

    I think my criteria is quite similar to yours. 🙂

    * I don’t like to see too many reviews. I think I prefer if a blog’s reviews make up no more than half of the posts. And even then, I’d like the books reviewed to be similar in taste to what I read.

    * No memes. If the blog does do them, then no more than one. Otherwise I’ll find myself skipping way too much of the content and I’ll just end up unsubscribing.

    * Good design. If I hate a blog design then it’s hard to encourage myself to look past that and read the actual content. The design is my first impression!

    * Plenty of discussion posts. I like posts that make me think and encourage me to comment.

    * Personal posts. It’s nice to know who’s behind the blog and what their life is like. 🙂

    * Pretty photos!

    • Laura

      We do seem to have a similar criteria! 😀 I definitely agree that reviews should make up no more than half the blogs posts and although I don’t mind Top Ten Tuesday, for the most part I would prefer no memes at all. And the design is definitely your first impression of a blog – a bad design can make me doubt the quality of the actual content, and it would be a such a shame if it was actually really good, but people were put off by the design!

  11. Julie S.

    Great list about what you like to see on a blog. What are your turn offs though?
    I prefer blogs with unique features balanced (discussions like these, lists, etc) with review posts and very few meme and blog tour promo posts. Definitely getting a feel for the blogger(s) is important.

    • Laura

      Lots of memes and blog tour promo posts definitely put me off as as well (I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a blog tour post to be honest!). I’d say my other turn offs are poor writing, cluttered designs and if they only cover books in genres I don’t really have an interest in.

  12. Charleen

    Honestly, for as much as everyone says they’re an important part of book blogging, I wouldn’t care if a blog never posted any reviews. I’m more interested in discussion and connecting with people, so unless I’ve already read the book and can compare our opinions and comment on that, I don’t even read them anymore. Give me lists, discussions, random musings, topics that are relevant to all readers, whether we share the same tastes or not… those are the posts I want to read.

    One of my “musts” is that the blogger responds to comments. It doesn’t have to be every comment, and it doesn’t have to be immediately… but if they seem to never interact with their readers, that’s an immediate turn-off, and I’m going to spend my time elsewhere.

    • Laura

      These are some really good points! It’s definitely far easier to connect with the blogger and comment on blogs which have more general reading related posts as opposed to reviews, which kind of depend on whether or not you have read the book in question. And although it hadn’t really occurred to me at the time of writing this post, a blogger who responds to comments is a must for me too, and it seems like its the same for a lot of people!

  13. Topaz

    Actually, I love blogs that talk about not only books, but also other things – for example, books + music, books + design, books + art, etc, etc, etc. People do have a wide range of interests, and I love to see that reflected in their blogs as well! I love a good combination of reviews and other posts, and a good blog design is a must for me. I read all of my subscriptions on the blogs themselves, so I’d really prefer not to have to squint and look past busy + cramped designs to get to the actual content. 😉

    • Laura

      I think the design thing is only a preference for me because I read a lot of posts in Bloglovin, but if you are reading posts on the blog itself then I’d imagine it does become a must. I think that the design should complement the content and make you want to read it as opposed to making you have to look past it, so i definitely agree with you there!

  14. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Ohh I love this topic! I agree with quite a few of yours, especially diverse content. I mean, reviews are great and all but other stuff is so important too. (And, let’s face it, fun.) I think the thing that draws me in is an interactive blog, because otherwise, I don’t really know what to say, and then I just end up moving on. And it has to be somewhat cleanly presented. I am certainly not some kind of design guru, but some blogs are so cluttered and hard to read that I don’t bother.

    I think my biggest though is original content. I am willing to give it a read if you are willing to write it. But if 9 posts out of 10 are just regurgitated html for promos and such, I’m out. At that point, it is just getting the way of actual posts I’d like to read. And I do love getting to know bloggers, so bloggers who are open and friendly is key too!

    • Laura

      I think clean presentation is really important too, as I think if there’s too much going on in the sidebar, or if the background is too busy then it can really distract from the content.
      And I’m definitely with you on the whole original content thing too. If it’s all promo posts or blog tours etc. then I pretty much know there will be nothing on that blog that I would read, so i won’t follow.
      And bloggers who are open and friendly is definitely important to me too!

  15. Carla Wynker

    Ahhh, I’m guilty of having more reviews than discussion posts. But I’m going to change that in 2015, lol. However, I don’t mind blogs who are mostly composed of blog reviews. Usually, if a blogger has similar reading taste as mine, I immediately love him, lol. But really, if we read one or two similar book, I’m hooked. Obviously, blogs with amazing design immediately attracts me. The pictures on my blog are for the more often than not lame, lol. But I do enjoy, blogs with beautiful pictures (ah, the contradiction). Great post, Laura!

    • Laura

      It’s totally personal preference, so a lot of people might prefer blogs with a lot of reviews! And if a blogger did mostly reviews but had a really, really similar taste in books to me then I would probably follow them anyway, because i might read some of their posts in that case.
      And I often struggle with pictures for my blog, as even though I like photography, sometimes I just can’t think of what I could photograph to accompany particular posts. That’s why i have started using the watercolour/text graphics for my discussion posts, because I really didn’t know what I could photograph to accompany a post called ‘what do you look for in a book blog?’ And my New Year’s post had a photo of a random Christmas candle on it, which kind of made no sense! Blog pictures can be tricky!

  16. Karen Blue

    I look for style of writing as well as a good clutter free layout. I think if a blogger doesn’t make time to make their blog aesthetically pleasing, they probably don’t care about content either. I have subscribed to so many blogs because it seemed like they cared about their “look”. Almost always those are the blogs that offer witty posts, or at least organized ones that made me glad i subscribed.
    I read a ton, maybe 40 or so blogs a week. Some bloggers write so well, it doesn’t matter what they are talking about, it gets my interest. I like to read reviews. I like to see how the blogger breaks the book down, how they rate the book, how they explain what they liked or didn’t about it. I do some tours, not many anymore. I almost always read review posts for books in genres I read. I do discussion posts, one meme a week and occasionally I do blog tips or some other kind of mind vomit rant-ish post. I just write what I like.
    I think as a book blogger, who reviews books, I should get something out of reading reviews. I expect other people do, too. Even if they don’t, I am still going to talking about books I read. Book blogger, that’s me!

    • Laura

      I definitely agree – I often find there’s a correlation between the look of the blog and quality of the content.
      And writing what you like is definitely the best way to blog. This list is my personal preferences, and so I kind of base my content on what I know I like to see on a blog, but of course other people have different criteria, so what I like to read/write might not be to other people’s taste.
      And I think part of my problem with reviews is that especially before I read a book I don’t really want my view of it to be coloured by someone else’s opinion. At the same time, as you say, book bloggers talk about books, and reviews are therefore really important, and it is pretty interesting to see how other people go about it differently, or how opinions can differ so widely about the same book.

  17. Asti

    I agree with most of these! If I had to narrow it down to just one thing though, it would be discussion posts! Memes and reviews and all that are fine, and I think it’s good when blogs have diversity, but I absolutely love discussion posts. They help give you more of a sense of who the person is behind the blog, and they’re super-easy to interact with! Plus, I collect discussion posts each week for our Weekly Recap on our blog, so the more the merrier! 🙂

    • Laura

      Discussion posts are definitely my favourite kind of post too! You really do get more of a sense of the blogger through them, I guess because they are expressing their opinion, and you kind of get an insight into the kind of things they think about. And as someone who loves discussion posts, I love your Weekly Recap, as there’s always some interesting posts on there and I’ve discovered a lot of blogs through it (and thanks for linking to my posts by the way!)! 🙂

  18. C.J. @ebookclassics

    I generally won’t follow a blog if I don’t think we read similar books, but overall I think I look for the same features you wrote about in a blog. I’m also interested in connecting with other bloggers. I love posts where I can learn more about the person I’m trading comments with outside of our love of books, whether they talk about their personal life or what they are watching or music they love.

    • Laura

      I think connecting with other bloggers is so important, and like you I like it when I learn more about the person behind the blog aside from their love of books. That’s why, even though I’m not a massive fan of things like memes, I don’t mind when blogs do the occasional tag, because a lot of the time you can learn more about the blogger through them.

  19. Jo

    This is a really interesting discussion, because it’s all down to personal taste. Blogs I follow tend to write fairly long, in-depth reviews. Short reviews that don’t go into much detail about characters, plot, action (if any), what they liked, what they didn’t… I’m not getting enough from that review to decide if I want to read the book or not. And I’m much more interested in reviews than any other posts. It depends on what the other posts are. I don’t mind discussions and one or two memes, but I’d rather more reviews. Some blogs have unique features that can be really cool, but I am more interested in the reviews.

    I also have to like the blogger’s voice/review writing style. There are a few bloggers I know who I like, but who’s blogging voices just don’t work for me, and so I don’t enjoy the reviews as much. I have to connect with the blogger in some way.

    And, obviously, I only follow blogs who review books I’m interested in. 🙂

    • Laura

      I definitely get what you mean with the in-depths review thing. If I do read a review it’s because I have either read the book or are interested in reading it, so if they don’t go into much detail then it’s harder to compare my own thoughts on the book and then comment, or decide whether or not it’s worth reading. And the blogging voice is definitely really important too, and I think that’s partly why I struggle so much with my own reviews – I did English Literature at university, and my reviews always come out sounding way too formal and essay-like, so I really need to work on that!

  20. Maddy

    For me, it’s simply about the voice of the blogger. When I discover a new book blog, I’ll read a few posts, to get a sense of how the blogger writes and what their opinions are. I’ll probably read a review of a book I loved, to see if we shared an opinion on it. But it mostly comes down to whether I like their voice, because if I do, I’d be happy reading pretty much anything they write.

    • Laura

      The bloggers voice is definitely so important! It gives you such an insight into the person behind the blog, and if I don’t get that then I find it really hard to connect with any of the content.

  21. Jackie

    I tend to avoid blogs that are mostly book reviews too because like you, I only read the reviews if I’ve read the book already (that way, I can leave comments discussing the book with the reviewer) or if the book is totally new to me (I don’t read the reviews for the ARCs or the books that everyone is already talking about).

    I like variety in my blogs. I do like book reviews, but I also like discussion posts and personal posts. I don’t memes if there is some substance to the post. A lot of people use this as an excuse to just slap together a post to fill a day, and I’ve learned to skip these. But, they can be fun, if a blogger tells me WHY a book is their fave or WHY they want to take these characters out for coffee.

    • Laura

      I don’t really read reviews for ARCs either, because as you say, everyone is talking about them already, and you get kind of fed up of seeing the same book reviews popping up in your blog feed. And you’re definitely right about the memes thing. So many people use them as fillers that I usually just skip them and am maybe actually missing posts that do have some substance to them, which is a shame. I mean, if someone did a post called ‘Which characters I would take out for a coffee’ i would totally read that, but if it’s a meme I might not realise that’s what it is, and probably wouldn’t bother!

  22. Elizabeth

    I also follow most of these criteria when deciding to follow a blog. I really don’t like it when a blogger wants you to follow their blog as part of a giveaway.

    • Laura

      I don’t like that either. I have never actually entered a giveaway, and I definitely wouldn’t if the blogger insisted you had to follow their blog to enter. Thanks for commenting!

  23. Renee

    What a great post and discussion! I started a book blog a few months ago mainly to improve my approval for arc’s. I’ve recently signed up for blog tours too. My blog has lots of reviews – I review all the books I read and I read over 200 last year. The reviews are pretty short and sweet – I find that I get bored reading in depth reviews unless I’ve already read the book, and I don’t have the patience to write them. I have a few posts about where I get my books from and wrote my first tips post this week. I haven’t tried a discussion post yet, but after realising how engaged I have become in this one, I think I will.

    I hadn’t really thought about what I look for in a book blog to read myself until stumbling on this post. I’ve been following a few other book blogs with bloglovin’ and noticed that I do usually skip past most of the reviews if I don’t know the book too. I don’t do memes because I usually skip past them too. A design feature I hate is when people use a coloured background and all the words are highlighted in white, or a patterned background that the word blend into. Urgh! Thanks for the prompt for a little self analysis 🙂

    • Laura

      I’m glad you found this post helpful! I didn’t write many discussion posts when I first started blogging, but when I did I found that they were some of my favourite posts to write (plus I love reading them!).
      And I hate that too with the coloured backgrounds and white text. It’s so hard to read, and it immediately puts me off. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  24. Jillian

    I love a book blog which doesn’t appear to be written to network or achieve some sort of blogging goal. The focus is the reading, the books, the love of the self-growth through literature — and personal goals more fixated on the books than the blog. I don’t tend to comment much if the blogger doesn’t comment back, but that doesn’t turn me off their blog: it simply tells me they’re more inclined to journal than to network. I don’t tend to like cold analysis of literature with nothing personal, but by “personal” I mean personal reaction/interaction with the book. I don’t need to know about the blogger beyond how he or she interacts with their reading selections. That actually tells me a lot more about the person than a random personal note about their dog or whatever. 🙂 Not that I mind those: I just don’t require all that to feel a connection with the blogger. I don’t like lots of robotic memes: here is my blog schedule, I shall now post about ____ because it’s one the schedule. YUK. But lots of fun tags selected and shared spontaneously is mighty fun, if it’s about a topic I like. Lots of robotic reviews which lack any sense that there is a human behind them? NOT FUN. Lots of journaled remarks on books? Fun. A cluttered blog is quite unpleasant if the clutter is all about social networking and FOLLOW ME and build my audience and blech. That is dull. Lots of artistic clutter I don’t mind at all.

    My point being: if I can sense that the blogger is going through the motions, I immediately leave. If I sense spontaneity and a personality, even if the blogger tends to only write reviews, I am far more inclined to stay. Naturally I’d follow those who blog about books I’ve read or might read, so no vampire blogs.

    I like a quiet style, I like a lively style, I like lists and journaled remarks on books they haven’t even finished yet because I HAVE TO SPEAK NOW. I like Top Ten Lists and odes to the literary heroine and tempting challenges I lack the time to join and rants and quiet remarks and literary endeavors that inspire, like a journey through the work of Louisa May Alcott. Why should the blogger answer me if she is reading Louisa? Read her, & share, and you have commented by simply speaking in the first place.

    I feel sorry for those who blog soullessly. Where’s the life in that? Blog whatever you want to blog as long as your heart & soul is in it. If you blog about the classics and you’re an interesting chap, I might follow. I STRONGLY think people should blog however they please and blog first for themselves. As and when time permits. And NEVER apologize for being absent for however long you want to be absent. That seems so strange to me — the periodic “I’m sorry I have been absent for two days, please forgive me” posts. Who are you talking to? Do as you please! 🙂

    Also, definitely don’t be a book snob. Or pepper your posts with Latin remarks intended to showcase your intellect. Latin for Latin? Sure, it can add to a remark, I guess. Latin to alienate anyone who doesn’t know the phrase? Poor form indeed. I read a post once which suggested that anyone who joins a reading challenge is an unintellectual idiot. This guy answered every comment, had a nice design, and didn’t only blog reviews. Still the worst blog I’ve ever seen, because he was odious. In my estimable opinion.

    (By the way, I really love your discussions, and the way you have them all listed by category on a page. I’ve never been here & stumbled over from somewhere — I think from a comment you left somewhere — and you make it quite easy to find things. Nice to meet you!) 🙂

    • Laura

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a lovely long comment (and I’m glad you like my discussions and that you found it easy to find things on my blog – I do like to try and keep it organised!). It’s nice to meet you too! 🙂
      I honestly couldn’t agree with you more! You can always tell bloggers who are just going through the motions from those who really put their heart and soul into what they are posting and are genuinely passionate about what they are writing. Personality is also key for me, and you can always tell when someone is putting on a voice or trying to imitate another blogger. I would much rather people just be themselves. Everyone’s personal style won’t be for everyone, but why would you want people to follow you on false pretences that you are someone you’re not?
      I also agree that people should blog primarily for themselves, and I definitely don’t get the ‘sorry for my absence’ posts. i think i did one like that last year because I was taking a couple of weeks off over christmas, and then afterwards I was like, ‘why do I need to justify my absence on my own blog? This year I just took the time off and didn’t bother.
      Lots of random latin is definitely something that would put me off as well – there’s no better way to say ‘look how pretentious and full of myself I am!’, and it is definitely super alienating as a reader because it feels like they’re trying to make you feel stupid. And that blog post you read does sound super annoying – I have never taken part in a reading challenge myself but I really can’t understand how they could possibly make you an unintellectual idiot. Surely anything that gets people reading more is good?

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