1. I subscribe via email
I have a few different ways that I subscribe to blogs. If I “like” your blog, I will subscribe through Feedly or I will check back regularly. But if I LOVE your blog, I will subscribe via email. This is because I don’t want to risk missing a single update! I want all the new posts as soon as they’re available.
2. I read the new post email straight away
I have a few blogs that I subscribe to that I should really unsubscribe to. When an email about a new post comes in, I just let it sit there. And sit there. And sit there.. Until finally I just delete it. It’s because I feel like I can’t be bothered to read it, or I’m not excited about the new content. Why do I stay subscribed then? I have no idea. I’m just weird.
3. I comment on your blog often
There are some blogs I read, but I don’t comment that often. I don’t comment, because I feel like I have nothing to say!
You’re succeeding as a blogger if you MAKE me want to reply. That means you’ve made me think, and I’m just bursting to say something about your post! That’s a fabulous thing and I love it when posts desperately make me want to get involved in the conversation.
4. Your posts inspire me
One of the reasons why I’ve been doing more real life posts is because I see other bloggers doing them successfully and I get jealous. They make me want to post too! That’s inspiration. Inspiring other bloggers is what you should aim for, so if you’re inspiring me (or others), you’re right on track!
5. I keep refreshing your blog thinking, “Why are there no new posts??”
Honestly, there are some blogs I LOVE but they don’t have new content every day. Sometimes it makes me sad. Other times it makes me paranoid. I go visit the homepage wondering if maybe a new post email just didn’t come through (of course that’s never the case).
I’m not trying to force you to post every day, but the fact that I WANT you to means that I really love the posts you do publish. I can’t help it if I want more!
6. You have posts other than reviews and memes
(I think the memes part is a given—no one likes a blog that’s mostly memes!)
But lately I’ve been getting sick of book reviews. I do like reading them, but if I subscribe to a blog and it’s review after review after review, I lose interest. I just get sick of reading book reviews sometimes!
I love your blog if you mix things up a little. Publish discussion posts, or something about your real life, or some blogging tips. I love it when people have a wide variety of content. It keeps me interested.
7. Your site is faster than molasses
I’ve seen some blogs that are ridiculously slow. I mean a sidebar filled to the brim, flashing images, full blog posts on the homepage (as opposed to excerpts), millions of GIFs… all those things slow down a blog. They make it take longer to scroll down because it’s lagging, and it could even make an older computer crash/freeze completely.
I’ll love your blog if it’s simple, elegant, and quick to load.
8. Your personality shines through in your posts
Sometimes I worry that my posts don’t have enough personality, and that worries me because I LOVE blogs with personality! If it feels too try or too “professional”, I’m not interested. I love bloggers who are fun, exciting, and aren’t afraid to USE CAPSLOCK and get fangirly! If I love your personality, I’ll love reading your blog!
9. We love and hate similar books
I know it’s okay to have differing opinions, and I won’t unfollow someone because we disagree a few times. But I love blogs that mostly agree with my thoughts on books. That’s just because I don’t want to read about someone bashing a book that I adored, or praising a book that I despised. It puts me off! If it happens once in a blue moon, no biggie. But if we constantly have differing opinions, I just can’t click with the blog!
10. Blogging is your passion!
I think this really ties in with #8. If you’re passionate about your blog, it will shine through in your posts. If you’re not, your posts will probably come across as dry. Believe me, people can tell!
I love reading blogs where the author is clearly so excited to be doing what they’re doing! I can tell when they have so much fun putting a certain post together, and it makes me happy! It makes me excited to be a blog writer and a blog reader. It’s another thing that inspires me! 🙂