No blogger wants to hear the words, “Your blog is ugly”.
Although most bloggers are concerned how they are perceived online and will ask fellow bloggers what they think of, or how they can improve their blogs, some bloggers REALLY don’t want to know.
They like their blog just as it is.
And that’s okay.
I’ll admit, I don’t like receiving nor giving criticism. If not done correctly, it can project a negative vibe.
In fact, if you asked me what I think of your blog, I’d find something I like about it and pay you a compliment.
And, I’m not saying that just to please you.
Just like I wouldn’t come into your home and say “You need to move that picture.”, I don’t feel it’s my place to tell you how to design your own online space.
After all, your blog a reflection of YOU.
That said, I will share what I like to see on blogs.
- What is the blog about?
- Recent/favorite and/or random posts
- Where’s the “about me” page?
Oftentimes the name of a blog does not reveal what a blog is about. That’s where the tagline comes in. A simple sentence will let readers know what our blog is about and what they can expect from us in the future.
When I land on a blog I’m not familiar with, I may want to read something other than the current article. If I can’t find older posts, I leave. I don’t have time to dig for them, nor do I want to keep hitting “previous” or “next”.
An “about” page doesn’t have to be long, but I like knowing a little about the blog author(s). Need help writing one? See this post on how to write an “about” page.
So there you have it, three things I look for when I land on a blog.
What about you?
What do you look for when you land on a blog?
Would you want others to tell you how to improve your blog?
Care to share?
P.S. The same may not apply to business blogs which should look as professional as possible.
P.S.S. I’m not saying my blogs are perfect, rather they’re a work in progress – always evolving.