Monday, July 15, 2013

15 Day Book Blogging Challenge/Day 8 - (What appeals to me on blogs!)

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I came across this awesome idea on Good Books and Good Wine.  The 15 Day Book Blogging Challenge.  April came up with these awesome bookish exercises to get our creative juices flowing, to remind us why we blog in the first place and for fun!

I've been so busy lately and I've been out of town so I feel that my blog has been seriously lacking.  Truth be told, it's been hard to get back in the swing of things.   When I saw this Challenge, it lit that blogging flame again.  The nice thing is, you don't have to do all 15 challenges.  Just do what you can.  You also may want to visit the other participating blogs and see what they have to say.

For complete details please visit the starting post HERE.

Quick!  Write 15 bullet points of things that appeal to you on blogs. 

  • Easy to read. 
  • Easy to navigate.
  • Has info I'm looking for (e-mail, twitter button, search field).
  • Dark colors (purples, reds, blues).
  • A cool design.  I love headers!
  • Themes.  I looove when a blog has a theme and it is carried throughout the blog. The ratings, the lingo, the graphics. 
  • Streamlined.  Not a lot of clutter.  Especially on the sidebars
  • A clever or interesting blog name.
  • Fun stuff! Cool memes, pretty graphics, clever features. 
  • When the blogger interacts with you.  Either they will comment on a comment you left, visit your blog or talk to you on Twitter.
  • Easy to comment.  No captchca.  
  • Easy to load.  I know this isn't always the blogger's fault, but there are some blogs that freeze my computer. 
  • When some of their personal life shows through.  It can be as simple as mentioning their dog's name to being extremely and open with many aspects of their life. 
  • Approachability.  I love when a blogger really encourages and welcomes EVERYONE to comment, participate and discuss books.  
  • Personal style.  This just doesn't encompass the design, but the tone of the blog and the way the person writes their posts or even formats them. (Also love when a review or post is formatted in a clever way).   So many bloggers out there have a flair for getting their opinion heard and information out there.  Definitely something I would like to improve upon.  Maybe these said bloggers could write a blog post! : )
What about you? Do you agree or disagree with any of the above?  Tell me if I missed anything!


Angelica Joy said...

Great answer, you mentioned so many things that other bloggers didn't mention and I totally agree with you, I also had themes on my list. I love it when blogs have a theme and the titles, post header pics, ratings and everything and anything is all inclusive of the theme, I think it's so clever. I'm still thinking of sidebar titles and rating titles that goes with my Paperback Princess theme LOL

Day 8 Book Blogger Challenge

Lizzy said...

A non-cluttered, themed blog is my favorite as well. I find it hard to focus on the posts when things are flashing and moving on the sidebars. This might also be a reason why I have a love/hate relationship with GIFs.

Love your choices. :)

Tanya Patrice said...

Really interesting things to think about - I'm scanning my blog now using these tips :-) My favorite thing on a blog is "personality" - let it shine through!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I totally fail on the dark theme: It is ok though, it is my job to bring bright shiny colors into your world. My mission, and I chose to accept it!

Midnyte Reader said...

@Lizzy-I'm not a fan of gifs either.

@Tanya Patrice-It's really fun when a blogger opens up to their audience. It helps give the blog a real niche.

@Felicia-It's have all the other awesomeness and more on your blog. It's like blog professionalism to the max!

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