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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

3 things I need to see on a blog before I follow.

Found via Tumblr. Original source?
Before I follow a blog I check through it to see whether I would read it frequently, I tend to avoid personal blogging because it doesn't interest me and I hate blogs with unreadable text. All the usual things. However there's three main things on a blog I would like to see more often, if you're a good blog I'll follow you regardless but I think these are particularly important.

  • A page about you.
This is one of the most important pages to add to your blog, it gives readers an insight into you and provides a form of contact. It should include a form contact (preferably email), your name, location and a description of yourself. Even if you're not a personal blogger I think it's important for your readers to know who's behind the posts. 

  • Tags, archives or sections.
Don't use lots of tags because it makes more difficult to find the post your reader could be looking for and stop using silly ones, this isn't Tumblr. Correct tags will help your reader find the appropriate post and loop read your blog (find one post that leads to another that leads to another...). Sections are quite handy but you don't have to list every worth blog post in them like I do. But I think a good archive is important, it allows your readers to quickly browse through your history and see how frequently you post. Personally I hate drop down menus, in order to open up a post I have to leave your homepage and it's more difficult to browse through your archive.

  • A quick and simple commenting system.
If you've got moderated comments then remove the captcha, you're not going to piled with spam as soon as you without it. In reality spam is easily removed with one tick of a box and moved into a spam folder. Also make sure the comment box is pop up so it's easier to use in Bloglovin'. If your comment system isn't quick and easy to use a reader may stop leaving comments, you'll be surprised how quickly people give up.

15 comments:

Caroline Carnivorous said...

Thank you for the tips!
I just started a new blog which I will get up and running soon, so I needed some Blogspot tips!
I've always hated writing captchas, I didn't know it could be removed! So I did now, and also made my comment box pop up - Didn't know it affected Bloglovin' users. I just found out yesterday that I already had 5 followers there, so they need some love too!
Thanks again :D

Britt said...

For the second part, I really like the idea of sections, and I like the way you set it up too, however some people (me for example) might have no clue how to do that. I want to put sections up like (reviews, gothy, college, life, etc) however I don't know how to do that neatly. Thank you for the tips, they are so helpful!

linnea-maria said...

Thanks for your interesting thoughts. I have a profile where you can read a little about me. But is it a special page that you are suggesting?

theEmocarebear said...

The note about the commenting system is appreciated - captchas make commenting take longer than it should. ^^

RoseBlood said...

Thank you for the tips. I am going to add an about me page. I always figured people would just look up the blogger profile by clicking on my pic, but I see that a little more info on the blog page can be more appealing. I enjoy your blog and your ideas.

Sophie said...

I didn't know I could remove the captchas while still moderating comments. Thanks!

Goth Mary Poppins said...

The about page is a good idea, thank you!

Julietslace said...

Thanks for commenting everyone!

Britt, I'll do a tutorial next month for you. I promise it's really easy and simple.

linnea-maria, personally I would recommend an about me page rather than just the profile. Although I admit to being quite nosy and I want to know more than basic facts about the blogger. I guess it depends on your layout and how open you are. I love your blog btw!

Lady Bethezda @ Bethezdas Preoccupations said...

good points.

For me it's pictures. If a blog doesn't have many pictures I don't follow. Call me simple I guess.... LOL

Stefanie said...

To go with Lady Bethezda's comment sometimes too many pictures can be a problem to. For example Tavi Gevenson or however you spell it is apparently quite a famous blogger having started at like 12 or something. Yesterday after coming across a link in an article I decided to check her blog out and there are way too many pictures to be able to appreciate them properly.

Julietslace said...

Urgh Tavi, she's a terrible blogger with an even worse sense of "fashion" I've being a member of Efagz for too long to even remotely like her.

Raven said...

thanks. hopefully my blog works better now.
Raven xxx

Bridget said...

By captchas do you mean the word verifications? I'm still figuring out how blogging works, thanks for the tips!

Julietslace said...

Yeah I do, let me know if you have any trouble removing it.

Bridget said...

I got it removed and made the comments into a popup window.

Once again, thanks!

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