15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day Eight

This 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge is hosted by Good Books and Good Wine.

Quick! Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs!

01. I like frequent updates. I understand that people are busy and blogs aren’t always a priority, but I don’t like it when people go more than a week or so without an update or an explanation. ANY explanation: “I’m going out of the country for 3 weeks,” “I’m studying for the bar exam next month,” “I’m in labor!” “I’m super busy with laundry this week,” “I just don’t feel like blogging right now. I’ll keep you updated.”

02. I like an overall variety of reviews, memes, cover reveals, blog tour posts, giveaways and discussions – It’s not necessary to do them all, but it’s nice to mix things up instead of having just one type of post all the time. (As I mentioned yesterday, I need to work on this.)

03. I like to get a sense of the blogger’s personality in reviews. I don’t always do this so well myself, but I think I’m getting better. I think I did a better job of this in my review on my other blog because I wasn’t worried about spoiling the plot. I totally spoiled it and I knew going in that I was going to spoil it, so I was able to react to whatever I wanted and open up more.

04. I like to see what other blogs the blogger reads. If I like your blog, I might like the ones you like, too.

05. I like to see that the blogger responds to comments and interacts with visitors.

06. I like Disqus and CommentLuv comments because I get notified if someone replies to my comment. Sometimes, especially when I’m doing a blog hop, I comment on so many blogs that I can’t remember them all or there are too many to keep track of and go back to see if the blogger replied.

07. I like pictures and GIFs in reviews, not too many but some. I wish I used more of them.

08. I like it when the full post is on the main blog page. I already clicked to get to the blog. I don’t want to click anymore to read the whole post. Let me read and scroll down to read the next post, then the next. If have to keep clicking through, I’ll probably only read the first post or two instead of a whole page of posts.

09. I like blogs that are reviewing books that not everybody else is reviewing, or at least that they’re not all reviewing RIGHT NOW. Maybe you come across a book six months or a year after everybody else already reviewed it. Review it! There are still people out there just discovering the community and new-to-them authors.

10. I like blogs that offer tips for new bloggers. As someone who just recently started blogging, I found it hard to figure out where to go for cover reveal/book tour signups and various other things to add to sidebars and posts. I already knew a bit about design, layouts, fonts, etc., but there are a lot of people who need tips on that kind of thing too. It’s all out there, but it’s nice when someone has a friendly post saying, “Hey, go here and do this!” instead of having to Google and Google until you find what you want.

11. I like a simple layout with two columns – When I was looking for my own layout, I saw some really nice ones that I didn’t choose because they had three columns. To me, three columns makes it look more cluttered, ESPECIALLY when the two sidebar columns are on the same side.

12. I like customized follow buttons, those that aren’t the usual ones Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. provide. I like my own, but I’ve seen some realllly nice ones on other blogs.

13. I like the ability to comment without CAPTCHA. Who can read those things?

14. I like to be able to follow via Bloglovin’ and possibly Twitter. Other options are fine, but if a blog don’t have Bloglovin’, I probably won’t follow it. Or I’ll add it and then never actually follow it because I rarely read my RSS feeds and I only use Facebook for games.

15. This is a given, but I like good grammar and spelling, and when blogs make use of paragraphs. My eyes can’t focus on walls of text. As for grammar and spelling, I know English isn’t everyone’s first language and it’s not easy for everyone to learn a second (or third or more!) language. I can usually tell — and be more forgiving — when that’s the case. I’m talking about native English speakers who just can’t be bothered. Occasional typos are understandable; laziness is not.