When I go hunting for new blogs to follow there are a few things I look for before I hit the follow button:
- The first thing I do is read the most recent post of yours that seems like it would be interesting to me. I personally enjoy journal entry style, lifestyle, day-in-the-life posts…stuff like that. (If I can’t find a post that I’m interested in, I will just leave your page. I don’t want to clutter my reader with posts I don’t want to read because I actually want to be able to see and read the posts of those I do choose to follow.)
- If I am able to read through the post to the very end, I’ll press the ‘like star’ on it and probably leave a comment. (I’ll never ‘like’ a post that I didn’t read from beginning to end.)
- I might browse around your blog for a couple more posts to read.
- Then, I’ll read your ‘About’ page–I always hope that there will be one for me to read.
- I check the dates on your posts to see that they aren’t months apart. I’d rather follow people who post frequently; like at least once a week.
- If I can’t wait to read more about you than I already have, I’ll hit the follow button.
- I don’t mind if there are no pictures, featured images, or little signatures in your posts, really, I just care that the content is readable and engaging for me. Though, I do think all that stuff is cute and fun. 🙂
The reasons why I’ve unfollowed blogs:
- The obvious one that I’m sure everyone does is, unfollow the blogs that become inactive. Those who don’t post for months on end with no hiatus warning or anything.
- People who are unappreciative of their followers. (For example: I once unfollowed a blogger because she said she doesn’t like when people leave her long comments because she feels obliged to comment back. Rude.)
- Your posts become repetitive.
- It may be petty…but if I disagree with something you say, like very strongly disagree, I’ll unfollow because I have learned it’s better to get rid of what I disagree with rather than to continue to follow and get myself wound up.