Monday, 20 March 2017

Chuckles Chat #9: Blog Content

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

This week I'm going to have a general look at Blog Content as my subject. I'll be chatting about what I do and don't read on blogs that I follow, what makes me follow a blog, my search for new blogs to follow, and all related stuff!

Lets start with what makes me follow a blog. Sometimes it starts with a personal connection to the blogger ie through Goodreads, Bookcrossing, penpalling etc. Sometimes a blog I follow will lead me to other blogs. I also look for blogs with a paranormal, horror or urban fantasy theme, similar tastes in films, TV and books. I would love to find more blogs by bloggers who love horror and zombies! 

What keeps me following a blog? This is pretty straightforward really. Interaction. If I follow a blog for months, regularly leaving comments every week and get zero response from the blogger, then they obviously have no interest in me or my blog so I stop wasting my time and unfollow. Sadly this happens quite often...I find a blog with my taste in books and all attempts to make friends fails with the blogger ignoring me, yet engaging on the blogs of my friends. It is hard not to take that personally! I see these people a lot around the blogging world and a couple even follow me yet would not answer my comments on their blog or visit mine even once. So frustrating! If the blogger visits my blog even say once a week that's ok with me and I don't mind if I comment more on their blog than they do on mine as long as effort to engage is made. I like to comment on blogs I follow a couple of times a week or more, depending on the posts for that week. I attempt to answer every comment posted on mine and if a new person comments on my blog I go over to theirs to do the same. I may or may not then follow them depending on what their blog content is like.

Why do I stop following? Lack of interaction is one, as already discussed. Another can be if I'm not finding enough blog posts that I want to comment on. I can usually comment on a Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post or Top Ten Tuesday but if the blogger doesn't do these weekly posts then I must find enough that interests me in their reviews, discussion posts and other things to keep following. If none of these posts interest me, I will end up unfollowing. This is not a reflection on the blogger or quality of their posts or blog, just that I'm not personally into the post subjects. If the blogger vanishes for months with no reasons given, I might unfollow. I won't unfollow if the person is on a health or family related break from the blog as that happens to all of us at times.

What do I like on blogs? I like the weekly posts like TTT, STS, SP, discussion posts, weekly or monthly roundup posts, challenge updates, cover related posts, travel posts, book tags.  I will look at reviews of books or films I'm interested in or have read/seen, and some I'm just curious about. I will sometimes look at blog tour posts depending on the book. The things I never look at: beauty, fashion, makeup, jewellery, music videos, updates on shows I haven't seen or haven't caught up with, recipes, art, poetry, reviews on classics romance erotica and contemporary books and films, things where you have to pick random passages from books or random quotes, sex related posts. Again this is no reflection on the blogs in question, these are just blog subjects that don't interest me personally so it's difficult to comment on them.

On the subject of blog graphics, I don't bother much about how other bloggers choose to decorate their blogs as that is a personal thing. I would never decide not to follow a blog based purely on design. However reviews and posts covered in gifs do bug me and I tend to avoid them! I like to give links on my roundup/weekly posts to take visitors straight to the books on Goodreads so I like other blogs that do the same but it's not a dealbreaker.

So what do you like on blogs? What do you generally avoid? What makes you follow a blog or unfollow it? How important is interaction to you? Do you comment on blogs you follow and answer comments on your blog? If not why not?

17 comments:

  1. Funny my blog is a zombie free area BUT I do think [living the unfortunate undead, falling in rotten pieces aside] we do have similar taste in books because you read a lot of apocalyptic.

    BUT, like you, that's not WHY I visit your blog. I love your reviews but Blogging is a 178% social experience for me. I like to interact with bloggers and chat about topics we like especially books so if there is no interaction there is visiting. I don't follow blogs. I visit them because I like to chat with the blogger, which is evidently the case he :)

    I try to reply to all comments and visit all commenters. It takes a HUGE chunk of the time I could be reading and blogging BUT it's important to me. I'm a little picky with some design features like the font and colors but just because it's hard for me to concentrate when the font is too ornate and the colors too crazy. But interestingly many of my favorite blogs do not have my favorite designs. Great post!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I enjoy the interaction a lot too and you always have posts I can comment on which makes it a lot easier! I hate it if I don't find myself with much to say(that never happens to me in real life!) but if I like the blogger I do make extra effort. It does take up a lot of time commenting and visiting but for me it is time well spent!

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  2. I'm no stranger to reviewing but I am pretty new to the blogging world and, quite honestly, find it all a bit overwhelming. I'm like you in that I prefer a personal interaction. I don't expect someone to comment on every one of my posts but a visit every now and again lets me know they want to interact and be blogging friends. I'm not reaching out to blogs because I am terribly behind but do make it a point to visit people who comment on my blog. It sound a little selfish but it's all I can do right now with work and real life :(

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    1. Sometimes real life does get in the way and we all have busy spells where there isn't enough time in the day for fun stuff. My blog was always meant to be small and friendly as I could not time manage a big blog with many thousands of followers but a few more might be nice from time to time! I don't worry too much about number of followers though...I'm interested in the interaction with regular commenters and the quality of the conversation! I think I have the balance right for time spent on the blog most days but I do need to up my game a little on blog visits this week. I'm a bit behind!

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  3. I completely agree with your whole paragraph about interaction. Sometimes I'll find someone who it seems I have things in common with, I'll leave comments and attempt to connect, but they just never visit my blog even though sometimes I'll see that they're visiting other blogs, and it is hard not to take that personally! Like you, I don't expect comment-for-comment, I never keep track of that, but I'm not going to keep visiting someone who clearly isn't interested in connecting with me.

    And there are also times for me when someone comments on my blog a lot and so I want to return the favor, but it's so just hard because I can't relate to any of their posts, they have completely different taste, they rarely ever do discussions or weekly updates, etc. That's the worst scenario because then I either feel bad for ignoring them or I force myself to comment every so often which is difficult :-/

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    1. Interaction is vital to me. I found you and Greg through a post of Barb's about great blogs to follow and I connected with 5 or 6 I think but only you and Greg responded and I gave up trying with the others which was a pity. I see a few of them posting on a ton of blogs and you do wonder 'why wouldn't they talk to ME?' It does feel personal sometimes! Still it was worth trying to find you two!

      It can be so hard to leave comments on some blogs! If I like the blogger personally I will make extra effort to find something to say but some weeks you look at all the posts on a blog and wonder what to say! You do feel bad about ignoring the posts if the person takes the time to visit you. I can sit staring at the screen for ages trying to think of something intelligent to say!

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  4. I'm back lol (my internet went down- only two days but felt longer) and I feel like I'm behind on everyone's blogs. Anyway great post! Agree w/ so much of this. I don't care about design (because mine sucks lol) but I lok for content. Stuff that interests me. And I've come across that a few times- you comment and visit and they don't seem interested. It's only happened once or twice but that's fine. there's so many blogs. And I also think male book blogs seem to be fairly uncommon so maybe they're like, who is this guy?? lol

    And I do visit some blogs that I have absolutely nothing in common with reading- wise, but I still visit because we just hit it off due to memes or whatever. That's kinda nice.

    GIF mania does tend to turn me off too although I don't mind a bit.

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    1. It's funny how a couple of days of computer issues or not feeling well or something can throw everything into the air! I also find it strange that there seem to be few male bloggers out there. You Bob and Nathan are the only ones I talk to at the moment. It seems odd as blogging isn't something you'd think of as a girlie thing y'know? I think I might need to try a couple of new blogs this week to look for new blood! Memes are good for meeting bloggers...might check out a few TTT to look for victims!

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    2. Yay for new victims :):)

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  5. Great post! I was clueless when I started blogging and didn't really go visit a lot of blogs. It took me a while to learn. Some posts are easier to comment on than others but I will read and comment on any review even if I don't have an interest in the book.

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    1. I think I need to read more reviews for books I don't know...I am lacking a bit there. Reviews appear a lot on my blog due to the amount I read but not everyone has the same book interest as me so I try to make sure there are several memes and discussion posts each week to give people a chance to chat and comment. I would like to add a little more discussion but haven't found a theme yet!

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  6. I do like reviews as I am always looking for my next read. But there is something about book hauls, discussions, and anything involving lists that I enjoy most of all. I used to run a meme involving fantasy tropes but its darn time consuming.

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    1. Recently I let my Game of Thrones gossip slide because of the health stuff but I want to get it back to once a week like my discussion post...need to work on that tomorrow I think! It's the most time consuming post I do. I think TTT takes me the longest to do as I have to think up my own topics most of the time! As you say certain topics or posts can take time to write!

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  7. I love the points you make. I love interacting with bloggers and find that the ones who interact back end up being my favorites. I love lists and memes as well as reviews and also, anyone who reads horror/thrillers I really like checking out. Like you, I may not get to post on all of a blogger's posts, but if I follow them regularly, I like to post a few times each week. I probably have 10-15 bloggers who I consider "blogging friends" and it's because of the interaction with them. I think my blog is pretty eclectic, so I get different kinds of followers, but I try to at least stay true to myself and the things I enjoy. I do add the pups quite a bit but I figure hey, if people don't like the dog content, they don't have to visit :) I've always loved your blog and like I have mentioned before, it's one of the first I remember finding.

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    1. I know interaction is time consuming for some but it is definitely what keeps me blogging. I like to see all the latest posts from blogging friends each day and get chatting on posts with you guys. I love your dogs popping up on your blog! That is part of your blog identity and it wouldn't be the same without the furry dudes! I know I found Kristen and Greg through your blog, which is also great. My memory is so bad that I can't remember who I followed when but like you I have about the same number of those I regard as blogging friends.

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  8. I definitely agree on the interaction topic. I do my best to reply to every comment on my blog and also comment back on their blog. I feel like if a person takes time out of their day to write a comment for me, the least I can do is respond. I've unfollowed quite a few blogs that never seemed to reply back. Interacting with other bloggers is my favorite thing about blogging. Great discussion post!

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    1. Yeah there isn't much point trying to engage someone if they never respond. It's better to unfollow and find someone that is interested in a chat!

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