So, I was going through the blogs that I follow and realized that I follow a lot that I don't really visit. I don't visit them because not only do they have no reviews, but they have contests to gain followers. That got me thinking, What makes a good blog?
Well, one thing that makes me want to look at a blog is the content. Do they have a subtle mix of reviews, interviews, memes, and giveaways? Do they communicate with their readers? I love reading reviews because they help me decide on what books to buy. A good review to me is one that expresses your feelings on the book without revealing spoilers (unless you tell the readers before hand that your review has them). I like reading reviews that tell about the characters, the writing, and the plot. Without those things, a book isn't really that good. Adding interviews helps me get to know the author and the characters a bit more. And memes and giveaways? I don't know anyone who doesn't like free stuff and I love the feeling I get when I win something.
Another thing in a good book blog is organization. Is there a place where everyone can view your reviews, interviews, etc? I've been blogging for four months now and before the second month, I didn't put my reviews anywhere. It took some time trying to find them and I think I can say this for most bloggers that not having an organized blog is the worst.
A big thing that pulls me into reading a blog is the layout and color. A blog with light colors and not a lot of pizazz is going to attract my eyes more than a neon flashing, bright stuff that hurts my eyes blog. I look at a blog for about 3+ minutes so if your blog has the latter layout, I don't think I'm going to stay long for fear I might get a headache.
And that, my friends is the end of my rambling. Here are some of the awesome blogs that I check out a lot:
The Story Siren
Frazzled Book Nommer
Down The Rabbit Hole