I recently wrote about the increase in the standards of blogging, and the hardships that face all us smaller bloggers because of this. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not a little bit fussy myself when it comes to following new blogs, so here’s the 10 worst things you can do if you want me to follow you.
1. You use bad spelling/grammar. If it’s like one simple mistake over a few of your posts, I’ll let you off: nobody’s perfect after all. However if you continuously make mistakes I’m sorry but I’m a grammar snob and I can’t do it to myself. If you struggle with that sort of thing, you can always get someone to proof read your posts before you publish them! I just think if you’re going to write a blog then writing well should be a priority.
2. You have really tiny photos. Quality-wise, I’m not too fussed. I’d rather you took well-lit photos, especially if you’re showing off a new product, but I can forgive a bit of graininess. However, if your photos are so small I can hardly see what’s in the frame I just have to ask WHY? Massive photos aren’t hugely favourable either, but at least make it so I can see what you’re showing me!
3. You don’t have a photo of you anywhere on your page. I know loads of people are conscious about the way they look – myself included – but a photo just helps show people that you’re a real human being. I always associate profiles with no picture with creepy old men and the like, so it just puts me off a bit!
4. You always use the same background for photos. I’m definitely guilty of this, however I do think there’s loads of ways to jazz your space up a little. If you find a space that works for you then that’s great, but throw in a different pillow or a colourful sheet of paper to just add a bit of variety.
5. You over-promote yourself on social media. Go away. I think 2 promotional posts an hour on Twitter is more than enough, and when people go overboard with this it just makes me cringe. At least change it up a bit with different links.
6. You have a really horrible blog design. I have never paid for a blog design in my life, so that excuse just doesn’t cut it for me. It doesn’t even need to fit the stereotype of ‘clean and simple’, just stop with the bright colours and clashing text. If I’m reading your blog I need to be able to focus on the content without being distracted by stuff in the sidebar.
7. Your blog is really difficult to navigate. Similar to number 6, if I can’t find my way around your posts I’m less likely to follow you. I personally like blogs that have their whole archive on display – why be ashamed of your old posts? If you don’t want to do that, just make it easy for me to find posts that I want to read.
8. You don’t have Bloglovin’. I absolutely hate finding an amazing blog and then finding out I can’t follow you. This happens to me most with WordPress users as I can usually use GFC with Blogger users that don’t have Bloglovin’, but this is probably the main reason I won’t follow you. Or if you do have a Bloglovin’ but your button is really hard to find. It should be easy for people to follow you!
9. You don’t reply to comments. If you have loads of followers I totally get not replying to all your comments, but if you’re averaging 10-20 comments a post, you can definitely find time in the week to reply. One of my favourite parts of blogging is engaging in discussion with my readers so I don’t really get it when people don’t want to do this.
10. If you ask me to. #sorrynotsorry. 100% less likely to follow you if you ask me to do so. There are exceptions obviously, but I don’t wanna just because you told me to.
Disclaimer: If you want to do all of these things you totally can. Do you.