Sorry if the blog has been a little quiet lately. I feel like a slump is about to occur and real life has also been pretty busy. I’ve been thinking of a discussion post since I haven’t done that in a while and I realized it would be a good idea to talk about reasons why we follow certain book blogs. There are so many book blogs out there and if you’re new to the scene, it can be a bit overwhelming choosing which blogs to follow. I guess it starts with knowing that the blogger reads the same kinds of books that you do. I get most of the recommendations for the books that I read from fellow bloggers and I’ve discovered books that I wouldn’t have read if not for them. I also like blogs that have regular discussion posts and fun features. Also, it’s nice to see bloggers review older titles instead of just new releases because that’s something that I enjoy doing. Another factor that may seem superficial but is really important is having a layout that’s easy to read – I’m not a fan of white text on a black background because that kind of thing hurts my eyes. I’m biased when it comes to WordPress blogs because I think they look simple, clean and clutter-free. Also, it’s nice that WordPress doesn’t have CAPTCHA so commenting doesn’t require much of an effort.
What I really love is knowing that I’ve made a connection with the blogger. I like to leave comments whenever I feel like I have something to say and it’s nice when I go back to check a post and see that the blogger has replied to my comment. (More praise for WordPress: I think it’s nice that I get notifications in my dashboard when WordPress bloggers reply to my comments on their blogs.) I also enjoy chatting with bloggers on Twitter about the most random things – books (of course), postcards, food, nail polish and clothes. It makes me happy when I feel like I’ve gotten to know the person behind the blog and I can tell that we’ve become friends even though we’ve never met each other in person and we only get to chat online. This is also why I like bloggers who have personality, someone who has his or her own voice because it’s a lot of fun getting to know that person through blog posts.
On the other side of things, we also have our reasons for removing blogs from the lists we follow. Lately, I feel like I can’t keep up with all the posts in my Google Reader so there are times when I’m tempted to just click the “mark all as read” button. So it’s a good idea to go through the list and make sure that I’m following blogs that I really want to follow. I usually remove a blog from my list when it becomes inactive or when I notice that I keep skipping on the posts and I can’t comment on any of them because I don’t have anything to say. I feel bad when I unfollow blogs but it really is hard to keep up with everything that’s going on in the blogosphere.
What about you, what makes you follow or unfollow certain blogs?