I’ve started compiling a mental list of things I love about my favorite blogs and things that have kept me from wanting to read blogs that otherwise seem great.
Things I love:
1. Good quality photos and lots of them.
2. Snippets of honesty about the bloggers life. I don’t need to know every detail, but if every post is overly positive and perfect, it leads me to think there’s something the blogger is trying to cover up. Or it makes it harder to relate somehow.
3. Great, easy-to-follow recipes that don’t involve a million rare/expensive ingredients and hours to prepare.
4. Mix it up. If every post is about the same topic, I lose interest pretty quickly.
Things I really don’t like:
1. Mentions of religion, Jesus, the Bible, etc.. on a very regular basis. I have nothing against religion but boy does it annoy me when I’m reading along and there’s a little mention of Jesus along with some great recipe for peanut butter pancakes.
2. Stealing content from other, similar blogs without giving credit.
3. Sponsored posts that aren’t labeled as sponsored right at the beginning.
What I’m struggling with:
1. I have a lot of things I want to write about and share, but I have a hard time drawing that line between over-sharing and under-sharing. I think a lot of bloggers struggle with this. Especially those with a lot of readership.
2. Trying to figure out just what my blog IS. I think there is a space for me. A lot of bloggers I read I have a lot in common with: children under 5, a love of healthy food and eating, a love of fitness.
But I also DON’T have a lot in common with some of aspects of their life. I am closer to 40 than 30. I am slightly overweight, I’m married to a woman.
3. How much to share about my child? I never thought I’d struggle with this. I thought I’d want his face all over, but now I’m hesitant. I want him to be present here, but I want to respect his right to privacy too.