I’ve been searching Google again (Cha-ching! I can feel the royalties pouring in!), this time in search of some good ideas for blog posts. I could wander the aisles of the web via Google for days it seems. One thing always leads to another.
In my meanderings, I came across a blog called Daisy Yellow written by Tammy, a “self-taught artist + photographer” who paints in acrylics and watercolors, art journals, makes stitched journals,and draws mandalas. She posted some clever ideas and topic prompts for bloggers and that led to a set of questions that she nudged readers to answer about what they like and don’t like in blogs.
Her questions were directed primarily at arts and crafts bloggers (her passion) so I’ve made them a bit more general and invite your responses.
No, the questions to the left are not Tammy’s, nor are they mine. Just good ones to consider now and then when you’re looking for something to do, although they are infinitely more pertinent to life than “I can haz cheezeburger?” (Read on.)
1. What would you like to see more of on blogs?
2. What wouldn’t you miss?
3. What catches your eye first on a new blog?
4. What draws you to continue reading a blog?
5. What would make you stop reading a blog?
6. What advice would you offer a new blogger?
1. I like the personal touch where I feel like I’m getting to know something about the blogger.
2. Long posts. They are harder to read. No matter how well-written and interesting, it’s too much for one sitting when I’m trying to read several blogs.
3. Easy-on-the-eyes blogs: colorful but not cluttered, readable fonts, and left justified type — these all make posts easy to read and that’s why I’m there. I also like good titles, photos, art, drawings, and internet photos to break up the copy.
4. Good writing (or photography, or art, or … anything good), something thoughtful or funny. A blogger who shows a bit of him/herself.
5. A blog not updated regularly; repetitive cute kitten and puppy photos with cute sayings on them (“I has been gud, I wants cheezeburger.”).
6. Most of these I’ve learned from others. Blog regularly. Keep posts a reasonable length. Read other blogs. Respond to comments. Follow and comment on blogs you like. Write so that you are happy with it; as a fellow blogger told me,”the “minions will come.”