I follow a lot of marvellous conglomeration of blogs.
stalk follow over 200 with bloglovin’ and a wild mess via Google Friend Connect and then a handful of preciousessss via email. Which is a lot. I KNOW IT’S A LOT. Sometimes I’m an active follower and sometimes I’m a lurker. Mostly I just pop up, yell at you enthusiastically in all-caps, and then evaporate into oblivion. I’ve been known to be summoned if someone says “I love Maggie Stiefvater books”. Because. Me too.
Last week I did a post on When Do You Unfollow Blogs. And I felt the post could do with a positive counterpart. BUT I WARN YOU. The reasons behind my followings of blogs are probably — unusual?! But you asked. And I’ve never claimed to be normal.
OH. And in case you missed my brief summary of my blog-reading-habits: My reading priority goes to those who’ve commented on my blog! So I actually leave a lot of comments on blogs I don’t follow and because I do this, sometimes I forget to follow them. Which is weird. I KNOW.
Don’t call me shallow! THIS IS A LEGIT REASON. Of course my eyeballs appreciate seeing delicious graphics and incredible photographs. I have good taste. But I also think a good design is like a promise.
THINGS A GOOD DESIGN TELLS ME:
- The blogger understands less-is-more.
- The blogger either has a) excellent taste, or b) is already thinking about their readers, which is excellent.
- The blogger probably most likely definitely knows what they’re doing.
Visuals are important, folks! You automatically put trust in good visuals.
And what do I mean by “good” design? There are so many definitions and so many blogs telling you how to make a good design. I’m not going to go into that because I’m an inept designing pumpkin. BUT. Real quick, these are my favourite kinds and styles of blog designs:
- THE QUIET PEOPLE: Super minimalistic and easy to navigate. I followed Beth’s blog the first time I clicked on it because MINIMALISM.
- DIVA BOOKNERD: Again, minimalistic, with a woodsy design. Basically Kelly always rocks the design.
- READ AT MIDNIGHT: I’ve only recently met Aentee but she always has such a PRETTY blog and graphics in her post. She also keeps to a consistent colour scheme.
- YA MIDNIGHT READS: There’s a lot happening here and it’s all so fabulous. These epic bloggers have a design that ties in with their blog name AND it’s not overwhelming. Colours are muted. And it’s just pretty, okay?!
Everyone is different though, and just because I love a more minimalistic style doesn’t mean you HAVE to! I tend to think that cleaner blogs are more professional and make it easier to focus on content though.
A HUGE reason I follow blogs is because some humans are sickeningly nice. I mean, what is it with people being friendly and saying meltingly wonderful things to me? DON’T THEY KNOW I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LIKE THEM, DARN IT?!
When I was a small squid of a blogger, I did a lot of linkups to find friends. I commented incessantly. I got some super awesome buddies that made blogging 1000 x better. But now? Mostly everyone finds ME. Someone will pop onto my blog and then 2 days later, oh gosh, I think we’re best friends. I’m always open to new blogging friends. I think friends make the blogging experience, to be honest. So, if you’re a shy lurker: COME TALK AND BE FRIENDS WITH ME. I am no longer a squid. I am a majestic antelope.
Sometimes I follow blogs for the blogger and NOT the blog. I want to support my friends and I think this is 100% okay.
By the way if you’re the kind of person who comments on a stranger’s blog like they’re your long lost BFF? You’re awesome. Keep doing it.
I’m super into photography at the moment so any blog that does bookish photography? SIGN ME UP. This is probably one of the biggest reasons I’ll follow a blog without a second thought.
And this could go for any interest I have. If I suddenly become interested in intergalactic space travel — I’ll follow ALL THE BLOGS on that subject.
I’m needy. What?! It’s true. We all are in some aspect or other. Sometimes I follow a blog because it’s going to give me something.
BLOGS THAT I LEARN FROM:
- I trawled through ALL of Go Teen Writers post because they have a goldmine of advice for newbie writers.
- I lurk on Xpresso Reads and Cuddlebuggery to keep up-to-date on new releases and cover reveals.
- I follow Pub(lishing) Crawl for publishing industry news and advice.
I don’t comment on ANY of those blogs hardly ever. They are just my I need to learn something before my brain explodes blogs.
I follow (and comment more wildly) on other blogs because they specialise in something that I seriously couldn’t live without. Like they’re super FUNNY. Or their REVIEWS are the best. Or they take meltingly good PHOTOGRAPHS. Or they do the best DISCUSSIONS. If I need to giggle, I know where to go.
What can I say? I’M NOSEY. And I trust my good friends! If someone says they have a blog they’ll die without, then I want to be in on this awesome. I’ve followed a ton of blogs because people recommend them. SO. Write blog recommendation posts!! IT IS WORTH IT.
I don’t get around to follow new blogs a lot, sadly, because I follow SO MANY and my blog kind of grew rapidly and is massively intense to upkeep. BUT! That doesn’t mean I’m closed off to new blogs. I think it’s important for bloggers to continually LOOK for newness. Sure you don’t have to follow every blog ever. But being friendly and welcoming to all your followers always really does help your blog grow. And you never know when you’ll find a new BFF.
Also the topic “follow for follow” is a bit controversial, but my only opinion on it is: DO WHAT YOU WANT. Don’t feel guilted to follow someone, though.