The Blog Squad - Part 5

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions.

What makes you follow a blog?

Di says....png

There’s a huge variety of reasons that I might hit follow on a blog. Sometimes it’s because the blog owner is following my blog and I feel we have something in common so I will ‘follow back’, sometimes it’s because I’ve had a few comments on my blog from the blog owner and I want to stay in touch with what they’re posting. Without any prior contact though, the thing that will make me follow a blog the most is content that interests me.

I want a blog to keep me wanting to coming back - do we have the same taste in books? Do we read the same genres? Are there interesting discussion posts? Following a blog means that I will continually see notifications when there are updates etc. and I don’t want to see notifications for something that doesn’t interest me (obviously).

It doesn’t have to be that we read the same books - I’m connected to and follow a lot of bloggers that don’t necessarily read everything that I read nor do they read things that I would read, but we can connect on a more personal level.

Blog layout is also definitely a factor - how easily can I find what I am looking for? Is the blog ‘easy on the eye’? It doesn’t have to be the most visually stunning masterpiece, but I don’t want to be turned off the blog because of the graphics or layout.


Amy says.......png

Hard, HARD question!
Sometimes I follow almost instantly because I love the blog’s layout design. Sometimes it’s because I’ve enjoyed a particular review or post and want to see more. Sometimes it’s because that blogger has followed me and I want to follow back to show my appreciation.

I actually follow an unhealthy number of blogs, and thus never get to visit all of them! I’m following 168 blog via GFC, and 821 via Bloglovin’...... *gulps*
I need to do a clean-up at some stage, but at the moment I’m too lazy ;) There are certain blogs I always visit and comment on, and unfortunately others that I never get round to.

I think I need to do a clean-up…...

Where do you find the blogs that you are currently following?

Di says....png

I find a lot of blogs from Twitter, Goodreads and other bloggers following me. I either follow using GFC Gadgets or using BlogLovin’. I try to challenge myself to visit new blogs on a weekly basis and leave a comment on a post to see if I might be able to make a new connection although this year has been a tough year for finding time to visit random blogs! 

Amy says.......png

I find blogs in a very round-about way. If someone follows my blog, then I’ll check theirs out. Sometimes, if I’m looking for blogs specifically (going on a “blog-hunt” I call it), I’ll discover them by clicking on people’s google accounts that have followed other blogs. For example, I often click on Di or Uma’s GFC gadget when I see they’ve got a new follower, and I’ll scroll through that person’s blog list and randomly chose people to visit.  

Twitter is another great way to discover bloggers. Comment chains are another fantastic way, too. If I’m on Uma or Di’s or someone else’s blog that I follow, and see that someone I don’t recognise has commented on one of their posts, I’ll follow that person’s profile link to their blog. That’s my favourite way of blog discovering, and the one that I do most often. It’s awesome, simple, and I have discovered some amazing blogs that way!


What makes you comment on a blog post?

Di says....png

There are blogs that I visit all of the time and bloggers who I’ve built a relationship with, and I’ll often just stop by their blogs when I see new posts of theirs coming up and leave a comment - just because we are ‘friends’ and I want to keep up our relationship.

If someone comments on my blog I will always make the effort to go back to their blog and leave a comment for them too because I totally believe in that and spreading the commenting love!

I love commenting either on reviews of books that I have read, want to read or just plain look interesting. I also love commenting on discussion posts that resonate with me - all the bookish stuff I love to talk about in real life!


Amy says.......png
Gosh, hard question!
Most of the time when it’s a new blog I’ve discovered, I comment just to be friendly and introduce myself and show some blogging love. Sometimes it’ll also be because I loved that particular review or post, and if it’s a blogger I know well and are following, then in addition to loving their post, I’ll just comment to show support.  

I LOVE getting comments on my own blog, and I know how awesome it feels.  If I discover a new blog with hardly any followers, then I’ll comment because I want to support the blogger and give them some comment love.
It’s wonderful getting comments, and I want every blogger to be excited by them!    

If you'd like to read my responses, hop on over to their collab posts!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our fifth discussion post! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below.



Stay tuned for next week’s questions!  

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