My Spreading the Love post inspired me to think about why I followed those blogs and I came to the conclusion that it’s mostly for the same reasons. Today I want to talk about what I look for in a book blog and what makes me follow them.
We’re all familiar with the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, right? We judge more than just books by their covers, let’s be honest about it. Personally, I also judge blogs by their covers (aka the lay out and the graphics). I’m sure lots of people do it and I believe it’s a natural thing to do. Because we don’t want to read a blog with an unreadable font or a black background with white font. That just doesn’t work.
A header is important because it’s the first thing you see when you visit a blog. It has to leave a positive impression and it should resemble the overall theme of your blog. I also like it when the sidebar isn’t flooded with widgets and countdowns and whatnot. And lastly: unique graphics give the blog a personal feel. It looks like the blogger did effort to make his/her posts look nice.
Of course the blog needs to appeal to me content-wise as well. I won’t follow if the only thing I like about the blog is the look. I follow people who have a similar taste in books as me because that’s just more fun to read. You have something in common and you can talk about it with them. That’s what it’s all about. I also like it when the blogger discusses different topics often. I love commenting on those and reading other people’s opinions.
Something I avoid: loads of ARC reviews and blog tours. I don’t mind them every once in a while but I don’t feel like clicking away every post on my feed that you put up. I don’t read ARC reviews because I usually don’t know the book at all or because I don’t want someone else’s opinion (possibly spoilers!) on a book I’d like to read in the future. If you like ARC’s, that’s okay. But it’s not my thing.
I also appreciate it when the book blogger talks about something else besides books sometimes. I’m sure none of us book blogger’s lives revolve around just books. This could be a whole ‘nother discussion and maybe I’ll talk about it later on some time. There are bloggers out there that think they can’t talk about anything else than books on their book blog. I think you can.