Reading My Way Around the World

Monday 2 June 2014

What type of blog do you like?

I signed up for the Post A to Z challenge road trip but until tonight hadn't really had any time for a mosey around ...

One thing I've noticed over these past few months, is that there are as many styles and types of blogging as there are blogs and I've definitely come to a point where there are some I like more than others.

I like to see how many followers a blog has and to be easily able to follow along.
I don't like getting blogs by email - I do all my work by email so anything that comes in there feels too much like work - so I haven't followed any blogs that don't have an obvious followers widget.

I like to easily be able to find the comment box- one of the things I've most enjoyed about the A to Z challenge was getting into the habit of commenting when I could.  Some of the blogs I've visited have a really cool button to say you liked the blog - I can't figure out how to add that here - but I thought it was a great idea if you had nothing to add to the discussion but still wanted to show you'd been there.

I like to feel welcome to the site and don't like to be bombarded with adverts unless they pertain to the subject matter of the blog - one or two did that - what a clever idea.

I don't like overly cluttered pages where it's hard to see what the person is writing about or indeed layouts that leave you wondering how do you find out what's going on here.   If I start following a blog, over time I like to go back and read through some of the older posts and if there's no menu that's hard to do.

And I love ones that are well laid out.

I prefer Blogger to Wordpress but that's probably because I'm finding it easier to navigate - maybe as I get more comfortable with this hobby I may venture into the more difficult looking WP territory.

I love seeing photos of people's lives ...

What are your likes and dislikes about blogs?  Have you come across any really interesting layouts?


  1. Captchas. UGH! Spam filters are so advanced now that all captchas do are annoy and alienate honest visitors. I would refuse to read any blog with a captcha, but you don't know there's a captcha until you've already typed the comment!

    1. It d├ępends on the mood I'm in with captchas - sometimes they drive me round the bend especially when I can't read them properly.

  2. Hi Fil - I'm moving to WP for more options and spreading my wings. I agree with you re clean blogs, no buzzing/fluttering/flashing things, no captcha - absolutely ...where life is simple ..

    Re the content - good quality interesting and informative info ...varied .. and I like being able to comment easily ... and I like bloggers who respond and engage across the blogosphere ..

    Good luck with all your music, tours, singing et al .. I'm sure it will all go well for you ... happy times - Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary :) I must say that some of the WP blogs look very well but I can never find the comment button on them. I love all the information on your blog.

  3. I actually don't mind the CAPTCHAs when I comment. Having gone through more than my fair share of spammers/trolls, the need to moderate is essential to my well being and reputation.

    As for what types of blogs I like and dislike. I like blogs that have a good mix of multiple topics (like yours). What I don't like are blogs that have a singular focus on a given topic. For example, early on I used to follow a lot of writing blogs. But after awhile, I started pruning them out because they just got to be too narrowly focused on writing.

    I'm not much of a fan of WordPress, so I only follow a few of them.

    Father Nature's Corner

    1. Thanks for the compliment GB:) Made my day ..
      I know what you mean though - my reading tastes have changed a lot since I first started following blogs … It's a wonderful world of information with so much to choose from.


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