I love reading blogs. I enjoy the interaction, but must most of all I enjoy reading thoughts and opinions that I don’t normally come across in day-today-life. I get excited when I find what I consider to be a hidden gem of a blog that blows me away in some way – whether it’s through interesting content, insight or the amazing comments it receives.
Yes…I read a lot of the comments.
I just started here at WordPress, so I’m no expert on blogging or anything.
However, as a reader, I’d like to share the sorts of things that drive me away from a blog.
I don’t mind if comments are being screened, but I usually leave immediately (probably never to return) if I notice comments have been disabled or if the post says something like: ‘if you say *insert topic or opinion here*, your comment will not be published’, I leave. I consider it a red flag that this blogger has no interest in dissenting opinion or honest discussion. They’re more interested in an echo-chamber, where they’re always right and everyone else is wrong.
One Large Block of Text
When I see an entire page of text with no breaks or paragraphs, my brain starts to leak out my ears. I run. I run fast. I run while holding one hand cupped to my ear. I can’t waste the little brain matter I have.
Whining About Views
If your post consists of whining about how many views or comments you get, it tends to drive me away. I prefer if you write something interesting to remedy that situation. I know it can be frustrating to write and think no one is listening, but you have a far better chance of getting clicks if you write something people want to read. It might not happen right away, but…positive attitude and all that.
Keep your chin up.
You get the idea.
So for what it’s worth, there you have the three things that will drive me away from your blog.