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#socialbloggers 26 – Reasons You Return To a Blog

Following the success (which was not without some criticism!) of my post: 5 Reasons I leave your blog and never return, I had a few requests…


Reasons You Return To a Blog

Following the success (which was not without some criticism!) of my post: 5 Reasons I leave your blog and never return, I had a few requests to write a post about 5 things that made me return to a blog.

I thought it would have been a bit redundant to write that post myself, because it would have just been the opposite of everything I wrote in the original post. Then I decided to make it into a #socialbloggers chat topic, so we could see what the most common things other bloggers say make them follow and return to a blog again and again.


NB, 26th #socialbloggers chat = 6 months of social bloggers chats! That’s a big deal, I think!

So, in my 5 Reasons post, I came to the conclusion that the main reason I left blogs and never came back was the lack of a personal touch. I really like to learn about the bloggers lives, because that’s what makes me want to:

  • get to know them more
  • keep reading
  • value their opinions.

Example – you would be much more interested in hearing about what your friend had to say about a new mascara than say, a random person you’ve never spoken to before, right?

And that’s how I feel about blogs, as much as I love reading reviews and fashion posts, I enjoy them so much more when I know some background on the blogger and have had some sort of interaction with them. This is where my loyalty sets in and I start to hold their opinion in high regard – because it’s a bit more like hearing the opinion of a friend, rather than the opinion of a blogger. Ya dig me, homeslice?

A lot of people in this weeks chat said that they enjoyed reading personal posts, lifestyle posts and getting to know people. It was hands down the number one reason for people following a blog.

An interesting thing followed – a lot of people then ALSO said that they didn’t know how to write personal posts, or struggled with coming up with ideas for personal posts. This gave me an idea for a post myself:

I’ll be writing a post with some ideas for some personal posts this week to get you started off.

Being personal on your blog does not have to mean exposing your secrets, talking about things that are scary and uncomfortable – it can mean many things.

I’ll have the post up by friday, internet friends.

Now let’s read the chat – your opinions are welcome (and encouraged!) in the comments 🙂

Q1 – What’s the main thing that pushes you towards clicking the ‘follow’ button on a blog? #socialbloggers

Q2 – Is there anything that you wish you saw more of on other blogs? #socialbloggers 

Q3 – How do you follow blogs/bloggers and keep up with their posts? #socialbloggers

Q4 – Do you read/comment on all the blogs you follow? #socialbloggers

Q5 – Is there anything that makes you unfollow a blog? #socialbloggers


  1. Oh hell yes! I love reading about someone else’s personal life, how they met their partner, what they feed their dog, what their reading material of choice is on the toilet…
    OK, in all seriousness, you definitely feel a closeness to someone. You don’t just get happy for them when something is kick-arse, you grieve with them when something sucks too.
    Humour is a big one for me too, as is the writing style. Talk to me like you would if we were chatting over a cuppa, not like you’re writing a school essay.

  2. My answer seeing as I was at work again (really going to have to do something about that 😉 lol).

    1. What would make me follow is similar interests and blogs that are down-to-earth. Ones whose content I value. I don’t really care about design, unless it is unreadable.

    2. What I wish I saw more of is an actual review if they are writing about a free product. Sometime people just introduce it and don’t actually tell you what it is like to use! Also more posts of their day-to-day life and what people do for a living. I’m really curious about that!

    3. Bloglovin’ and twitter, but as i’m not a big twitter user mostly bloglovin’.

    4. My favourite bloggers I read 90% of their posts and try to comment if I have something to say. The other blogs i’ll read if it interests me though if they post a lot I probably miss some.

    5. I haven’t as yet unfollowed anyone though I am getting there! But if someone ignored me all the time I would. You know, not even a teeny tiny ‘favourite’ once a year or something haha.

    Whats the next topic . . I can make that one! 😀 x

  3. I love to follow blogs like mine, so usually if I find one similar to me, I follow! But also if I just like the blogger’s personality that they give off through their writing, I will follow them (:

  4. I missed the chat this week, but wow! What a great topic! I’ve been meaning to get more personal with blogging lately, but it’s kind of been a struggle to actually do it. Maybe this will give me that extra push I apparently need!

  5. An interesting chat. Many of the points I agree with, good mix of pics and text. Pet peeve is when people review a product and you are none the wiser if it is any good. When people have been given a product the everything is wonderful is not very true. I try and comment on posts and blogs I relate too. Looking forward to tips on writ to g personal posts. Lucy x

  6. Uh I keep always wanting to do this: When is it again? Anyway, I think that good pictures and good writing is a plus. I also really love the people who leave thoughtful comments… those are the people who I feel like I connect to a further level. If the blogger seems nice and someone I would want to be friends with in real life, then I usually tend to life their blogs more.
    xo Olivia

  7. I love your posts it is really helpful to read as a blogger! Annoyingly I have missed loads of social chats as I have been working but I am hoping to be able to join in on the next one 😀 xx

  8. I like this post 🙂 People don’t even worry about facebook do they 😛 it’s all about twitter. Never paid attention really!

  9. This is great info which I will try and use for my blog. Really useful to see a summary of a Twitter chat as there is usually lots of good points made! I will definitely look out for this social blogger chat! Best wishes.
    Honey Lemon Pie 🙂

  10. really great post! very interesting questions and its helpful in terms of improving blogs. I’m gonna look out for the next #socialbloggers chat and get involved if I remember!
    Helena /

  11. Thank you so much for this ! Helped a lot !
    I’m new to this world of blogging and it would mean a lot to me if anyone checked out my blog and followed? Thanks 🙂

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