Friday, March 18, 2011
What Brings You Back to a Blog?
I will always return to blogs that are:
Easy to read: no strange fonts, no miniscule fonts, no glaring colours, no white text on black backgrounds.
Scannable: As much as I’d love everyone to dote on every word I write, I’m realistic enough to accept that not all of us have the time. If we create scannable posts, with points and bolded headings, it speeds up the reading process. Blogs with walls-o-text are less appealing.
Easy to comment: Posts that offer a question to readers to generate discussion.
Quick to comment: the blog is set up in a way that makes commenting quick and easy—so that means no word verifications.
Quick to load: blogs with many moving widgets and large file-sized pictures take a long time to load. Not everyone will wait.
Humorous: We all love a blog that brings a smile to our face. Humour has a way of making everyone comfortable.
Helpful: Interesting topics will always draw me back. I love to learn (now that I’m no longer in school).
Generous: I’m not talking about amazing competitions and prizes; I’m talking about generosity of time. I will always visit the blogs of those who have encouraged and supported me – as opposed to those who think blogging is only about promoting themselves and their product.
Regular: Blogs that offer a regular schedule – it doesn’t matter if it’s daily, three times a week, or once a week. I can trust a new post will appear at a certain time.
How about you? What brings you back to a blog?