We all start our blogs like wading into a whole new world with invisible people, where there are only words. And at some point at least, we are all confused and dumbfounded. I remember how in my first few months of blogging, this was me: someone help, people tell me if what I’m doing is right! Are you happy! Sure, after that I found my rhythm and got some confidence to not actively ask every post whether you liked what I’d written etc. I wrote what I knew, and I left it at that.
Yet, if you’re a newbie and are almost as lost as I was, here are some things that I appreciate as a blog reader, and I others might too.
1. An ‘about me’ page
I don’t know how many times in my posts on blogging I’ve mentioned this, but this a very important thing and I will promote it to death. Have an about me page on your blog, and preferably on the main menu, so I can read about you. It is always the first thing I look for when I find new blogs, and most times I read that before the actual posts. If there is no about me page, I get disappointed and will check out posts, but mostly wouldn’t bother following. And P.S., mention your favourite food too if you want. I just want some info about you.
2. Mention what your blog is about
This can come either under the ‘about me’ page or in a separate place, but I would be grateful if it was mentioned.
For book-themed blogs and blogs whose theme is in their title, it isn’t required, but for blogs which have a variety of posts or don’t stick to a theme, this would be suggested. I, myself, struggled in the beginning as to informing my readers what all I blog on. Someone may follow me for reviews and unknowingly also receive the other stuff, which they might not like. Therefore, I’ve had a static front page ever since saying what all you can expect in my blog.
2. Comment replies
We all comment because we love your posts or want to start a discussion, and just responding to them would make a huge difference, in my opinion. Even if it is a simple thank you, there is no harm in responding. Personally, I tend to not like bloggers who ignore comments. Here’s my thought. Reply me, maybe?*
*see what I did there?
3. Social media buttons in the sidebar
I want to stalk you, I want to have you all over my feed everywhere! But, where are you?
I personally hate being in that condition of having to search for bloggers in social media. Most blogs which are a few months old usually catch on and have social media links in easily accessible areas. If you haven’t, I suggest you do! Just add links or icons to your other profiles, and you’re done!
4. Highlighted points
As much as I love reading blog posts, there are too many to read and I don’t have enough time. I love it when bloggers highlight points in their posts, especially discussion posts or long ones, so I can either skim or read in-depth too. I think I’ve mentioned this once before, but it helps a lot. Dividing a post into sections or under points works too. Sometimes, especially when there’s too much description or explanation in everything, I tend to read random lines along the post and just skim through. I’m not satisfied, but I don’t have the time either. For people like me, highlighting or making the points bold makes a lot of difference.
And that’s about it! To most of you, this would be old news, but I thought I’d put it out there to help anyone who is new. Note: all of this is from my point of view, and I can’t talk for everyone.
What do you appreciate as a blog reader? Do you agree/disagree with any of my points? Let me know in the comments below!