Bottledworder, this is in response to your post. I’ve broken your questions into three different categories. At the outset, I should mention that I discovered you when you read and liked this post about my life in college. I have stayed with your ever since.
So reader, who are you? Have you written a post introducing yourself? Do you want to write one?
I rejigged my blog just days ago so the hitherto unread About The Blog page became the Home (landing page). I write as 4 different characters and I have About pages for each of them. The Slo-Man and the LastWord have the most complete About pages mostly because they were written at the beginning when I really spent time thinking about what those two characters stood for. The other two have shorter introductions. The characters are evolving everyday, but have not yet outgrown their Abouts.
I believe the About page is one of the most important pages in a blog. If I come across a a link to a blog, almost the first thing I do is see if there is an About page. I like to know a little bit about the blogger.
What kinds of blogs do you read?
I tend to gravitate to blogs that are well presented and offer varied content. Blogs like yours, Bottledworder, that teach a little ( not heavy handed ), blogs that entertain, blogs that tell stories.
Too many advertisements, and a clutterred appearance are a turn off. Poor formatting and bad grammar just give the impression that the blogger really is not a serious blogger, that he / she does not really care about the reader.
Yet some of these bloggers have many more readers than I do. I suppose they must be more vivacious and popular in real life and have a large collection of supportive friends and family willing to read and comment and I probably need to widen my circle of friends and family !! I suspect though that these are younger, college / high school going bloggers of the age that is redefining the concept of “friends” and “friendship” within the context of social media.
I don’t hand out “Likes” and comments easily. I actually have to like something to hand out a “like” and then I prefer to write a comment explaining why I liked it. The comment must convey that I actually read the post and I’m willing to have a conversation. I’ve become very fond of that word, conversation, because that is what I’d like to have with my readers, a conversation. One that takes the thought further and conveys a sense of genuine readership.
I tend to stay away from blogs “with a message” or those for a Cause.
Why do you blog? What first drew you to the blogosphere?
I covered that in this post – Ten Reasons why I Blog, which I think you’ve read and liked before.