Let’s face it, we pretend that we do this all for the love of reading and writing, but the truth is, we want people to read what we’re spending our time and energy on.
But what gets people to take the plunge? I don’t know about you, but here are 8 reasons that I’ll come visit your blog.
1. You’ve come to my blog and have left comments on my posts. I’m a little slow on this one because I tend to be on the oblivious side, but even I start to notice when the same person has been visiting and engaging with me.
I’ll be reading comments when all of a sudden I think Hey! This awesome person has been coming around a lot! I should probably check out what they’re all about! And then I do!
2. You reviewed a book I’m really interested in. This is kind of an obvious one, but worth noting.
3. You review a book I’ve never heard of. When you’re a book blogger, it can get pretty repetitive visiting blogs that all have the same posts, the same books, the same memes, etc. So, when I see a review with a cool looking cover and I’ve never heard of it, it really piques my interest.
4. We’re friends. Again, I’m not as good at this as I should be, but usually at some point in time, I realize that if I’m friends with people, it’s kind of crappy if I don’t ever check out what they basically spend half their lives on.
5. You hook me with your Twitterspeak. There is no one who does this better than Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. She says things like this . . .
. . . and I have to know! What, Jamie? WHAT IS THE BEST MEDICINE? WHAT DID YOU LOOK AT IN YOUR OWN LIFE? I’m nosy, and I think you know it, Jamie. You’re using my nosiness against me! *ehem, sorry. Anyway.
6. You post something conversational. As much as I like reviews and interviews and such, my favorite posts are the ones that are more personal. Well, they don’t even have to be super personal, just something different. If it’s about books, that’s even better.
7. You post something I need. Especially when I was a new blogger, trying to figure this whole thing out, if you had a post on how to improve your blog, or html (Thanks Parajunkee), or how to deal with publishers etc., you would have my love forever.
8. You write the words “8 Reasons I Visit Your Blog” or some other number with some other list. Not sure what it is about lists, but I just have to click it.