What do you look for in a blog?

question markI read a large number of blogs on a wide variety of subjects in different niches.  Aside from subject matter there are some things that are likely to encourage me to become a regular reader.  That line of thinking made me wonder about my readers.
What do you look for in a blog?
Which blog features are must haves?
What does it take to entice you into becoming a regular reader?

I’m inviting you to add to the list I have begun below.

The Blogger

The character of the blogger is the most important thing to me. I like to feel there’s a real person behind the words reaching out to me, to move and touch me with their own unique experience and vision of life.

  • is an authentic person who is both passionate and knowledgeable about their topic without being condescending
  • is original with a feisty spirit of can do
  • provides a profile and a statement of purpose for the blog
  • states how frequently new content is usually published
  • provides links to sites with high quality resources in posts and in blogroll
  • provides contact information
  • responds to readers’ comments

When it comes to the blogs that I return to again and again, just to see what’s new, it is inevitably because the author has captured my interest.

The Theme

  • minimalist, non-cluttered design
  • attractive
  • pleasing and restful to the eye
  • frames content
  • intuitive and easily navigated
  • provides a way to subscribe by RSS feed and/or email

The Blog

  • content is front and center
  • uncluttered sidebars
  • easy to use commenting  setup
  • lacks distracting pop-ups or auto-play music
  • lacks advertising
  • or has minimal advertising and placement of advertising does not outrank the placement of blog content

The Content

I look for common sense, researched information and true feelings expressed.

  • an attention grabbing title that accurately reflects the content
  • original and unique
  • focused
  • is free of typos, spelling mistakes, grammatical errors
  • post length preferences vary from reader to reader – some prefer brevity  and simplicity- content presented in bullet points -  structured in  short paragraphs with space between them, others prefer longer more comprehensive posts
  • has substance
  • is updated regularly
  • informs or teaches me something
  • entertains  me
  • contains humor (clean)
  • inspires me
  • challenges me
  • contains an invitation to participate in discussion and helps readers  add to the content of the post, so everyone benefits
  • has a graphic or photo to add some visual interest
  • quality writing and stimulating content, presented without distraction
  • high quality writing written in an engaging style that flows
  • contains links  for verifiability, acknowledgment, examples, and context.

Quirk. Eccentricity. Genius. Content I won’t find anywhere else.

That extra ‘something’ of time, effort, engagement, competence, caring, a world view that is worth respecting – those are the kinds of things I look for in a blog.

Appreciation for the contributing bloggers:
pop_culture_bookworm
Sandra Lee
Lisa
Vernon
Rachana
Mark Armstrong
Dave Bonta
Libdrone
Egaladeist
Hani
JaneneMurphy
Jean
Frances
David
nothingprofound
Jayme
stevmap
yun yi
sonnybadwind
baxter
Cynthia
Steve

Related posts found in this blog:

Building a blog with readers in mind
Blogging: How to lose me as a reader
Minimalist Blogging: Strip it!

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