1: There is nothing on your about page that identifies who you are, why you blog, or where else I can find you online. I need not know your street address, ATM pin code, or see a picture. The least I expect is an explanation why you blog even if it is under a pen name. Don’t leave the about page empty or keep the standard WP text. Use it!
2: Your blog doesn’t have a search box in the upper right hand corner and that means that I cannot search your blog by keyword to my heart’s content. Yes, it matters. Please make your blog searchable by adding a search box, categories, and archives.
3: You probably do not blog about cold cases, wrongful convictions, true crime, forensics, or historical mysteries. That is ok. It is just my thing so if your blog has any of the above, I am more likely to show up if you cover some of my favourite topics.
4: When I land on your blog, I have exactly seven seconds before that annoying square pops up that wants to have my email address. That is my cue. I will not surrender my email address just to keep reading your blog.
5: On your blog, I see YouTube videos from others, quotes from others, or links to posts from others. If there isn’t anything from you on your blog why should I read it?
6: Your comment section is filled with spam. It tells me that you do not moderate your comment section and have not taken the time to clean it up. So you don’t mind spam and may not be a serious blogger. I am a very serious blogger. I check my comment section for spam, delete those, check for links and profanity, and keep an eye out for street fights. I keep a clean house as my blogs are part of my reputation.
7: I see a lot of self promotion about you, your shop, your book, or anything else you produce but I hardly see any interaction with your fans/readers. They leave comments but I see no replies from you. Fans have interviews or promos posted to help you but I never see a “Thank you” in the comment section, in social media, or in a post on your blog to show your appreciation. Without our readers our blogs have a lot less meaning.
8: You talk down on new bloggers and you make them feel inferior. Many bloggers who have been around for a few years share tips. Some are great and some are really counterproductive. Instead of encouraging a new blogger to write they discourage them by piling up thing after item that they must have if they wish to be part of the blogosphere.
The only things a new blogger really needs to do is:
- select a responsive theme e.g. the theme adjusts automatically for desk tops, laptops, tablets, etc and
- find their own blogging voice to create unique content
Anything else can be added later, can be bought later, and can be improved later. But you first need to know that blogging is your cup of tea. Support those who are new to the blogosphere. One day you were the new kid, remember?
9: The language you use on your blog puts me off. Nuff said.
10: You email me constantly demanding to know why I do not comment on your blog, why I do not follow you on every social media platform ever invented, and why I have not yet covered anything on my blog that you love so much. In other words, you are stalking and bullying me.
Being social while you use the Internet’s various media platforms is often neglected. It is a fact that employers look at your social media behaviour. It is a fact that you do or do not have a readership or following. If you don’t, ask yourself why. Having good manners doesn’t stop at the keyboard.
So tell me, how do you select which blogs to follow?