In an effort to support fellow bloggers and to give me fodder for my own blog, I'm going to be writing about my favorite reading spots. Look for my first blog review in a week or so.
I spend a great deal of time reading both online and in hard copy. No matter how much I read, there is never enough time to read everything I want to so I'm picky about where and what I read. When it comes to blogs, I look for content, writing quality, layout, organization and user-friendliness. I read a multitude of blogs based on my interests which include poetry, fiction, essays, politics, women studies, all things books and the arts.
Content and a blogger's actual writing ability matters to me. At the risk of sounding snobbish, I don't want to read unedited, mediocre diary entries about breakups, teen angst or how cute grand babies are. I look for an exchange. I gravitate towards blogs where the blogger is clearly making an effort to connect with her/his audience.
Layout is huge for me. I'm a pack-rat and scatterbrain who works hard to keep things organized. As a reader, given my own deficiencies, the last thing I want is more confusion when I'm trying to navigate on a blog. I prefer streamlined, aesthetically pleasing sites. I look for organization that allows me to easily find what I'm looking for on a blogger's site.
I frequent blogs that are updated regularly. Regular depends on the focus of the blog and a clear frequency pattern established by the blogger. User-friendliness is another important element. I worked in publishing at a time when publishers and tech folks were investing a lot time in learning how users use online sources. How many clicks it takes me to access something, how easy it is to return to the home page, and if a site encourages interaction between blogger and reader by
providing regular, fresh content, provides opportunity to give feedback and responds to feedback.
What do you look for in a good blog? Post your comments here and please take time to answer the survey to the right. You can select more than one option.
For some of us, we put as much care into our virtual spaces as we do our homes. Our readers are welcomed visitors we hope will become friends . So if you're one to tidy up and make everything nice for guests, get busy. Never know when I'll show up.