Do you have favourites?
My daughters are always asking which of them is my favourite 🙂
In a recent zoom chat with blogging friends, I posed these questions:
- What are your 3 favourite blogs and what makes you keep going back to them? What would make you stop blogging do you think?
I was keen to understand what it is that makes you seek out a particular blog, why do you return to see what the blogger has been up to and what constitutes a good blog. No biggy!!
Some of the bloggers felt like it was trying to pick a favourite child, and couldn’t narrow down their favourite blogs to just 3, that’s fine, neither could I 🙂
Many of us are in the midlife category of bloggers so our tastes reflected that in our choices. We also decided we don’t like vacuous blogs trying to sell us this that and the other, but want to read considered, interesting, honest reflections about life.
The responses were illuminating and the discussion was heartfelt! I love a good discussion do you?
Just some of the reasons given for why we return to a blog over and over again:
- the blog engages with readers in some way
- the writing is not contrived
- inspiring writing and ideas
- a feeling of connection with the writer
- authentic and real
- humorous and engaging
- be honest
- kindness emanates from the words
- common issues
- A friend once did an experiment where they didn’t comment on blogs for a period of time and they found that no-one sought them out. This was interesting in that blogging seems to have become ‘if I comment on your blog, then you should visit mine and leave a comment’. Do you think that? I don’t subscribe to that thinking and neither do many of the bloggers I engage with. Link ups are a different case.
- Ads are seen to be annoying and pop-ups are the worst!
- When joining a linkup, don’t link and run. Always comment on the host’s post and follow the rules, whether it be to visit/comment on at least 2 other posts in the linkup or something similar. As we all have limited time available it’s becoming harder to visit all the blogs we want to, so many people are being more selective in their engagement.
- Friendship is mutual. And honesty shines through. Every.Time.
- The key message we discussed though was engage with your readers, and they will forge a bond with you, wanting to read what you’re writing and ultimately seeking you out.
- Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News (one of my favourite bloggers) wrote an excellent post on responding to comments How do you respond to comments left on your blog and some of the best bits came from the input of those leaving comments. This shows me the talent of the writer, if the conversation continues unabated into the comments section, then this has been a very engaging post, in my opinion.
What would make you give up blogging?
The main reasons given in response to this question were:
- medical issues with either self or family member
- scarcity of time
- nothing left to say
- lack of commitment
- not fun anymore
- when it becomes a chore
- death of either self or close family member
Have you got a plan in place if something happens to you and you can’t update your blog for some reason, or will your blog just die?
Me and blogging – where have the years gone?
I have just ticked over 9 years of blogging and I know I blog way less than I used to when I first started. Blogging to me is an escape into other people’s worlds, but I have to feel comfortable visiting and know that my thoughts/comments won’t be judged. It doesn’t mean everything has to be bland and pasteurised, just accepting of different viewpoints.
No right or wrong way to blog
There is no one right way to blog in my humble opinion. Everyone has their own style, their own reasons and their own voice – and it’s that which makes a blogger feel good, when it all comes together and works. It’s also what keeps others returning to your blog, your voice and personality shine through.
We all have stories to tell and usually our blogs are the way we share our thoughts – for whatever reason.
How about you? Any thoughts to add?
Who are your favourite bloggers and why?
Thanks for your input.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.