When you come across a new blog, what is it that "pulls you in?" What makes you want to click on it and check it out? What makes you want to leave a comment? And what compelling "force" induces you to become a follower?
Let's face it, once we've been blogging for any length of time, we find that there are a plethora of blogs just WAITING for us to find them, just WILLING us to like them, and just WANTING us to follow them. None of us can do justice to them all, so how does one choose?
These are some bloggy things that have influenced me on this wonderful quest.
1) The blog title.
I have seen some that made me yawn and keep going and others that reached out of the computer screen, grabbed me by the collar, shook me violently, and SCREAMED "look at me!!!" If the title fits the latter bill, I'm probably following that blog.
I don't care what the blog's main topic, I need some humor in my day and if I find it in your post, I'm coming back. Even the most painful experiences of life are made more tolerable with a good dose of laughter.
I realize we can't all be 100% comedians all the time - - - that isn't even realistic. But if there is never a spec of humor on your blog, I'm probably not visiting you often.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
4) Post Title
When I check my follow list each day - - - if the picture and title don't draw me in, I'm not going there.
I don't care how WONDERFUL someone is at decorating their home, or saving money at thrift stores, or taking photos, or cooking, or making tablescapes, or crafting, or shopping for antiques - - - if they only have ONE topic, I'm bored and I'm not going there.
Now - - - if with their main passion they work in some tid bits of their daily life, some humor, some wisdom - - - then I will be drawn in.
To have blogging buddies requires us to be a blogging buddy.
When you come to my blog and leave comments, I'm going to check your blog out. I hope the same is true with the vice and versa. I think a person who wants to be involved in the blogosphere MUST BE involved in the blogosphere - - - reading blogs and commenting.
7) The "IT" Factor
I don't know how to describe this one, but I certainly know IT when I see IT. A person leaves a comment on my blog, IT speaks to me in some way, so I visit their blog. When I get there, I find IT, and I want to return and return. If your blog has IT - - - I'm' not only following you, but we're probably e-mailing too and may even be working on meeting in person.
You know - - - the really cool thing is, no one blog does all these things for all of us. That's what makes blogging so wonderful - - - there's something for everyone.
And I should know - - - I've been "playing this game" for more than four years now.