5 Things That Makes Me Hit ‘Follow’ On A Blog? (Shoutouts to all my favourite blogs!)

If you want me to follow you then don’t leave a comment with a link to your blog asking me, telling me, to follow. Because that’s probably why I WON’T follow. I only follow blogs if I am genuinely interested. I don’t ‘follow for follow’ or anything. I follow because I like your blog. I love finding new blogs, which is why I created the ‘All About You‘ page where you can leave your blog links.

I LOVE discovering new blogs and I wish I followed more blogs. I only follow about 4o blogs. I know you might think, 40? Half of them don’t post anymore but are just people I know, so I still follow them!

So, anyways, enough of my ramblings, let’s get into the post!

  1. Design

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The design of a blog is my first impression. I click on your blog, it loads up. I know you shouldn’t ‘judge a book by its cover’ and all that, but if the blog looks too bright, bulky, crummy and hard to navigate then I click the ‘cross’ button almost immediately. I know it’s bad because my blog didn’t use to look so great (It still doesn’t) but at least keep it simple. I’m not saying you have to hire a designer, pay for one billion fonts and spend hours designing. Really, I’m not. Just keep it simple and USER-Friendly.

Have you seen how ‘artic books’, looks? AMAZING. I love her designs ๐Ÿ˜€ And Artsy Teen looks amazing too!

2. Commenting back

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I read a post. Amazing. I’m about to comment and follow and then see NONE of the previous comments has been answered! How rude! I get it. Bloggersย get busy, have things to do, have lives. But at least HALF of them should be answered. Maybe you get a lot of comments but make an effort. It’s really disheartening looking an awesome blog but yet no interaction between the author and the reader.

Blogs like Janie @ The Blog Of All Things Lovely and Tash @ The Bookie Monstersย nearly always reply back and are really friendly blogs! Also, who doesn’t love Paper Fury’sย blog!

3. An ‘about’ page.

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It’s really hard to know whether to followย if you don’t know what the blog is about. I have a general idea coming from the titles of posts, but I want to know more. Having an About page is a must have. If you don’t have one, I’m less likely to follow. A Contact page is key too, if a reader wants to get in touch!

I especially love Aditi’s About Me Page Amazing and colourful!!

4. Unique Posts

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While I appreciate blog hops, awards & tags, and other memes, original posts are really vital. I’m working on more discussion posts, blogging tips and less weekly memes. I LOVE awards but then I kind of dislike getting nominated several times for the same award. It can be frustrating doing the same one, even though I’m so behind on my tags & awards!

I love Cookie Break’s Unique Posts. Monday Inspirations to Her Updates, I love her posts and her cute cat! I also love The Girl With Coffe’s posts and Wander Girl’s amazing printables and minimalism project posts!

5. ย Limit the Adverts, please?

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I get that people need to make money from blogs and that’s their income. I get ads and promotions. I get affiliate links and discounts. I get it, okay? But too much and fake ones are unacceptable. I’ve visited so many blogs, with adverts that are:

  1. Irrelevant (Kitchen Tiles On A Book Blog?)
  2. Fake (fake websites, downloads etc…)
  3. Taking Away From Content

By, taking away from content, I mean an OVERLOAD of adverts. I get 2 or 3 but so many, popping up constantly is annoying. Especially, the ones that keep up covering my screen. Maybe in the corner or on your sidebar, but every second? I can’t read your blog! So, please, think wisely about your ads and people actually reading your blog!

That is it! What makes YOU hit ‘follow’? Do you follow my blog, why? (I’m Curious!) What features make you ‘FOLLOW’ a blog? Also, recommend me some awesome blogs or your own blog on my ‘ALL ABOUT YOU’ page! What amazing blogs do you follow?

ย Sign Off

P.S If I didn’t mention your blog, don’t feel offended. I forgot a lot of blogs in this post, I’m forgetful! I read a lot of blogs, that I might not even follow, so your blog is awesome too! P.P.S Most graphics here are fromย http://angiemakes.com/free-girly-graphics/

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60 thoughts on “5 Things That Makes Me Hit ‘Follow’ On A Blog? (Shoutouts to all my favourite blogs!)

  1. Lol I follow like 500 blogs (seriously!) but like you said, a lot aren’t posting. Once or twice a year I go through and unfollow all the inactive ones and that usually brings it down a hundred or so.
    When looking for blogs to follow, I base it on if they post things I want to read and if their writing is good (no textese, minimal errors, good length, good personality). Because I do a lot of reading in the Reader, I’m not too affected by how their blog looks. I do look at the blogs of all my followers, but sometimes, they post things I have no interest in, so I don’t always follow back. I feel bad, but that’s just how things are…

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    • 500! Where have I been? I go through who i follow once in a while. Sometimes I’m really hesitant to click ‘unfollow’ because the blogger might post. I read posts in the ‘reader’ too, but because I like to check out their pages and other things, and actually view their blog, I like to see that their design isn’t too hectic! I don’t follow everyone who follows me either. There’s nothing to feel bad about, it’s just that everyone has different tastes!

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    • Content is extremely key, I have to agree. I kind of hate the ‘read more’ button but I still use it but not for my latest post. For all my older ones, I have it. So, when someone visits my site, they can read the first post without any problems!

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  2. I pretty much agree with all of your points, except probablt the ‘about’ page one because I usually don’t check out the ‘about’ page a lot ๐Ÿ˜› But yeah, design is important because everyone likes it when they open a website and it’s aesthetically pleasing. Commenting back is important too, but gush so difficult to keep track of ๐Ÿ˜› And highly, highly, highly agree with the unique posts point ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh and btw, your blog design is beautiful!

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    • I, personally, check out the about page just to get to know the blogger a little more but I know lots who don’t. I always try and keep up with commenting back. I know that people have one day every week they dedicate to commenting back, something I need to try! Thank you!

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  3. I would add, please limit the music. Some blogs have their fav songs playing on and this is disruptive. I might not even like the genre or I want to listen to my own while going through the posts, or I might just want to have it silent due to the neighbors across the wall. So I of course turn the volume down but this can be frustrating and of course, take my attention from reading said post.

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  4. Thank you so much for including me in your list ๐Ÿ™‚ I think my favourite thing is seeing the progression of people’s blog design – it means people are trying and are committed! Speaking of – I love your header ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Hey so nice way of writing all about the blog and bloggers. I too follow quite of post and will always comment if they are good but if they are very lengthy then cannot read a lot cause there are many things that need to be done in the day so then like their posts. Overall all bloggers write very nicely.

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  6. Right, I’ll be checking out all of those! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much for including my humble little blog! ^-^

    Bad design puts me off, too. There’s just something about a pink background, green writing, and sparkly flashing images on the same blog that doesn’t work for my eyes. If I can’t tell what the blog is actually about and it seems random I won’t follow it, either. I want to know who and what I’m following when I press that button!

    And I agree with you completely on the follow-to-follow thing. It’s very off-putting and comes across as begging when someone leaves one comment only, saying ‘Hey your blog is nice, pls follow me back?’

    I follow 146 blogs but because I have responsibilities I can’t stay caught up on all of them, so I have a small list of blogs I visit every week on specific days to keep it manageable ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 146 blogs? Wow, that’s a lot! Such c a greay idea to keep track of what blogs you read. I’ll have to try that out. My current process is to just read whenever and whatever I can!
      I do hate those comments, saying ‘Great Post’ and then leaving their blog link. I get promotion but that’s just too far. Thanks so much for reading!

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  7. I think the number one reason I followed is because I could hear your voice in the posts. It’s mega weird, I know; but everything you typed sounded so genuine and true and so simply human that I had to give it a follow. That is, of course, in addition to the epic work you put in your blog. Honestly, it’s so beautiful I can’t even find words that do it any justice.
    Wonderful post as usual xx

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  8. Oh my goodness thank you so much! I was reading through your post thinking dang this is so good and then I saw you put me in your post and I almost screamed. It really means a lot to me and am so glad I stumbled upon your blog when I first followed you.
    I actually first followed you because I thought it was great that you made the effort to interact with your readers nd your content was just so A+. Overall you were just this amazing personality and I always look for that when I’m looking for blogs to follow.

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  9. Ah, thank you so much for mentioning my blog in your post! It means so much that you enjoy what I put out! I totally agree, bloggers that comment back really push me to want to visit their blog, and Cait @ Paper Fury is such a wonderful example of that! Happy blogging!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. High-five cause almost all these points are my criteria too of deciding whether to follow a blog or not. Though in a quite different order.
    The first thing I search on a blog is its About page. It gives me an idea whether this blog will provide me the kind of readings I will really be interested in. Then of course the design and kind of posts one writes. To be honest I also don’t go through one’s all posts, but yes, couple of posts I surely go through prior to hit that follow button.
    In fact, in some cases I had skipped to hit follow and simple commented my views on that particular post. I hope some day I will come across those blogs accidentally. :p
    Your About page, and design is eye-catching. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And posts like these, who won’t like to read such stuff. So yes, your posts are the number one reason.

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  11. We have the same opinion. I like blogs exactly for what you said here. Content is the most important, but also the aspect and lots of other things. I don’t like desperate bloggers and I don’t understand them also, because in my opinion we should write firstly for us and our readers that do read, not like because is a thing the are used to do. Is like in everything, we should be fair one with each other.
    Kisses,
    Ioana

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  12. Wow. This is pretty much exactly what my opinions are on blogs. XD I really enjoyed this post!
    I know, I hate it when someone appears once, says “I love your blog can you follow mine” and then leaves. Ugh! Although I did meet one of my best blogging buddies that way, only she didn’t leave afterwards – she still comments all the time!
    Yep, I don’t follow many blogs either (35, I think), and I totally agree with you there. I follow a blog because I actually LIKE their posts or am friends with the blogger, not just because she (or he) followed my blog. I mean, the whole reason it’s fun to get a follower is because it means they like your blog, right?
    Oh yes, #4 is probably the thing I look for the most, but I also looove interacting with bloggers, so definitely #2 as well. And good design can really, really help a blog’s appeal.
    Once again, great post! (I actually found this from a pingback on Artsy Teen’s blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    A few of my favorite blogs are clarascraftcorner.com (she does basically all the things you said in this post – she has a nice design, she replies to every comment, she has a beautiful and creative about page, wonderful and varied posts, and no advertisements), theupstairsgirl.wordpress.com (she is one of my closest blogger buddies, and has a really wonderful blog all around), and flourishingbyrestfulfalls.wordpress.com, blueeyesgrayeyes.wordpress.com, abarefootgal.wordpress.com (my sister, actually!), and purrfectlyinspired.wordpress.com, who all have lovely and enjoyable blogs.
    Good gracious this comment was long. XD
    โ™ฅAllison
    P. S. And of course I am in no way trying to win a follow – like I said, it’s one of my pet peeves. I just wanted to comment because I agree with you 100%! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Haha, Yes this was a long comment but I LOVE long comments so thank you!I don’t mind people asking me to check out their blog, especially if they’re just starting out. I just dislike it when someone leaves a comment with no actual thoughts on your post, and then never come back. The comment seems a bit spam-ish so I’m not fond of them.

      Yes! Exactly, I appreciate all my followers but some of them follow for the sake of me following them back, but I’m not very sure I like the idea of that.
      I’m always looking for new ideas for fresh, fun & unique posts so it’s always great to see other bloggers demonstrate this on their own blogs.I actually already follow Clara’s blog &I love it. Oh, and I am in love with Grace @ The Girl Upstair’s blog! It would definitely be up here but I discovered her blog after I wrote this post! I also love Megan’s blog too (i didn’t know she was you sister, wow!). I haven’t heard any of the others you mentioned so i will be sure to give them a look.

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      • Ha ha, I know, right? Long comments are the best. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’re quite welcome! Yep, I agree about being asked to check out a blog.
        Oh yes, they are such wonderful girls! ๐Ÿ˜€ Ha ha, yep, Megan is my sister. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. If I see someone doesn’t answer comments, I don’t comment. It seems like a waste of my time because I’m not sure the blogger will ever read what I took time to write. And I agree that a clean design is key. I need to be able to read the blog!

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  14. Like you, the way a blog looks is the first thing which draws me in/puts me off of reading a blog. I’ve recently completely redesigned my blog before because it wasn’t aesthetically pleasing in the slightest; I hate to admit, but before I redesigned it, it probably wouldn’t have drawn me in in the way I tried to pull others in.
    Content is a big thing! I went through a stage when I first start blogging where I followed back everyone. It’s great ethos, and a great way of making friends, but now my reader is full of bloggers whose posts don’t interest me (although they’re probably all great bloggers!). Now, I look at the content someone posts, read a few blog posts in the different things they post about, really get a taste for someone and whether I want to read more, and then, I click follow.
    I must confess I also love about me pages! Although I usually check these out after following someone, I love reading them afterwards, even months after I’ve followed someone. It really feels like you’re getting to know someone on a personal level, and it’s great that someone has the trust to let you into their life in that way!

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    • I think design is vital for first impressions and bringing in new visitors. Same here! I thought it was wrong not to go by the ‘Follow for Follow’ things but I ended up reading posts I just did not like and wasted time reading. They were great bloggers, wrote about amazing things, but I just wasn’t into that sort of thing! I find About me’s hardest to write and yet the most fun to read.

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      • Yeah, same. I can’t believe people stayed on my blog with it’s old layout; it was awful, haha! YES, that’s exactly what I’ve been going through lately. I relate to the about me thing on a person level; I just visited mine the other day and realized there were slight mistakes, but I love reading others. I sympathize!

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  15. I generally follow a blog if a post has caught my attention and I like the writing style of the blogger. I don’t have an about page but hopefully those that follow me like what I wrote about. Lovely post! X

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