Well, it’s about that time.
It seems that my blog roll is going through one of those natural life cycle transitions. In the past month, many of the blogs I follow have fallen off the radar and stopped updating. I’ve also lost a lot of readership lately, as I’m only getting about half the comments I used to and my stats say I’m getting fewer site visits as well. Don’t get me wrong, getting comments isn’t the be-all-end-all of everything, but it’s a little hard to find the motivation to blog when hardly anyone is engaging or reading anymore. And it’s a bigger bummer that updates have become scarce from so many of my blog friends.
This isn’t a criticism by any means – I completely understand and respect the reasons that people need to let blogging fall on the back burner. We all have jobs and responsibilities and I know how difficult it is to find the time and energy to blog amongst all the other crap we have going on in life. No judgement.
But I am really missing my usual active blog feed these days, so maybe it’s time to replenish it by adding in some new faces.
That’s where you come in! There are sooooo many blogs out there and trying to pick ones I want to follow is sort of a daunting task, so I’m looking for recommendations! I mean, if you read my blog and I read yours, chances are we have at least a few things in common, so I bet I might like some of the blogs you like!
In the past I’ve been a little picky in what I look for in blogs, but I’m willing to be open minded (promise!). That said, there are couple of big things I typically look for in blogs I want to follow:
- It’s personal and relatable. I don’t mean it’s a diary that delves into every detail of the person’s life and feelings, I mean, it’s actually about that person’s life/training/etc. I respect that some bloggers want/need to make money, but I don’t want to read a bunch of sponsored posts and product reviews and how-to lists. I read blogs because of the opportunity to connect with others, either in conversation or just through that person’s writing. Share as much or as little about your personal life as you want, but I want to read about you.
- It’s engaging. I don’t need every blog I follow to follow and read me back. I know that’s not a realistic expectation, as not everyone has as much time to read my blog as I have to read theirs. But I look for bloggers who engage with their readers in some way – do they respond to the comments they get? Are they open to conversation? DO they value the feedback they get from readers? I follow some more popular blogs and I completely understand that my comment is one out of 100 and they don’t have time to respond, let alone care who the heck I am. This is just a personal preference thing – what I like about blogging is the opportunity to connect with others, so I gravitate toward bloggers who share that value.
- It gets updated. I don’t look for blogs that update every single day, but once a week is nice. It’s such a bummer to find a blog you’re super jazzed about only to realize that person almost never writes.
- Topics I like: I follow mostly running blogs, but I also like blogs about minimalism, lifestyle, reading, photography, travel and nature. For running blogs, I don’t care how fast or long someone runs, but I do prefer bloggers who actually run and train regularly. Bonus points if that blogger also writes about non-running stuff from time to time (but not a requirement).
So, friends: know anyone who fits the bill? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll definitely let that person know you put in a good word when I check out their blog ;-). Oh, and obviously this should go without saying, but I am still reading and following all of you, of course!