5 Reasons Why I Don’t Follow Your Blog

Assalamualaikum and hi everyone!
In today’s post, I am going to talk about a few things that influence in my following blogs. Before I start, I believe I have to clarify a few things that might arise because of this post. I am in no way specifically condemning anyone’s blogs. All opinions are mine based on my general observations of blogwalking through countless and countless of blogs everyday. I might not always leave my footprints on your chatbox but I do read your blogs even if I don’t follow you. Hey, followers are just numbers, right?
I am a minimalist type of person when it comes to blog templates so I am just going to say this out loud: I love responsive, clean, black and white templates. I am prone to going back to this type of blogs just because I feel connected to them in some ways and it’s just easier on the eye hence why my blog is always black and white and has a clean look. But you do you. Blogging is to express your creativity in writing and blog designing so who am I to tell you what to do, right? Please take my opinions with a pinch of salt.

One post per page

My number one rule in blog layout is to always have my sidebar shorter than my post body. To me having the sidebar longer than post body makes your blog looks weird and unprofessional. And do you even know how annoying it is to click older posts just to see your next post? I know some people do this for the page views but what page views are you going to get if your readers (aka me) are annoyed with your layout and eventually clicking the x button and never coming back to your blog ever again? I am really fussy when it comes to this thing. I know some people are, too. I prefer putting “Read More” link than a post per page.

No navigation/labels

I almost never read older posts if they don’t have navigation/labels somewhere in their blog. I want to be able to go to certain type of post label such as books or makeup or any other labels that you have and just go through that label. I want to be on the homepage your blog knowing that I can go to any type of posts that I want to read just by a single click. That way, readers are inclined to spend more time on your blog if they can go through every single post you have published. Ni dahlah navigation tiada, blog archive also tiada..

No regular post schedule

I know some people don’t have time in their hands to update blog every single day but 2, 3 posts in 2 months? Really? This is by far the fastest way to lose readers, you know. I have a few blogs that I often go to once a week or so and they never updated for months! But in the end your blog is your blog and it’s up to you how you want to manage it or when you want to update. I’m just someone who’s dying to read your new posts but you never update…

Nice design, no content

I come across so many cute blogs with adorable design be it from blogskin or custom made and they’re amazing! First impression is important, no? But when I read the contents, that, I’m not a fan of. Some bloggers got too hooked on blog design that they forget one thing that is more important than the design you spend so much time on: content. I want to read engaging contents. I want to read something that makes me excited just by the post titles.

Small, fancy fonts

I am not fond of small and fancy fonts for your post content. I find it hard to read and not easy on the eye. I also prefer black or a very dark grey for your font colour and any light colours just basically turn me off from reading your blog. Some of my favourites font for contents are Libre Baskerville (currently using), PT Sans, Source Sans Pro, Playfair Display, Neuton, Dubiel, Times New Roman, and Lato. There are many, many fonts you can choose from at Google Fonts. You just have to make sure you choose one that is easy to read.
I hope you learn something from this post and take it as constructive criticism to a better blog. I am still learning myself although 2016 marks my eighth year of blogging and I always want to learn new things to make my blog better. So do you have any blog pet peeves?
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  • Oops I sometimes go for smaller fonts because it looks cute to me :p I however choose to go for the unprofessional look for my blog because I just write about my life, mainly focusing on me,nothing as important if you know what I mean but I like it that way because it's me. Also because I don't want it to turn into a commercial blog. I want it to be somewhere I can write anything that I wanted to. Sometimes I also want my blog to look professional (depends on my mood) hence why I change my blog layout every single time lol but most of the time I feel like it just stops me from posting something 'unprofessional' :/ But hey great post. Learn so much and just to let you know I love your blog a lot! 🙂

  • You do you girl, as long as you're happy with your blog then your readers will be happy as well. thank you so much Alia your blog is very nice too! <3

  • OMG. I literally checked my blog after reading this. hahaha. A good reminder tho. I'm kinda easily annoyed with few blogs with flowers and moving stuffs, their choice of color templates and fonts really reflects what kinda person they are. I think. I might be a bit judgemental but, dont we all agree? Haha. Not gonna talk about the spellings tho. Trying to avoid writing my entries in English since my grammar can be very bad at times and i'm still working on topics to write in my blog tho.

  • as a matter of fact i do agree with you! i mean it's their blog so they can do whatever they want with it but i hate messy and confusing designs. i never really stay more than a minute. such a waste if they have excellent contents but messy designs. i'm still working on topics to write on my blog too. most of the topics needed me to take out my camera. i'm just so lazy sometimes.

  • a great reminder!I literally check my blog after I read this post.I like your blog alot! simple in design with great contents!

  • thank you so much zety! <3

  • thanks for remind me , erin ^^

  • sure 🙂

  • Good entry and I do agree with you. Sometimes people are focusing too much on their blog design. I prefer the contents more than the design. By the way, love reading your blog. It's one of the ways for me to improve my English grammar 🙂

  • i know right! thank you so much fatin 🙂

  • Great entry! and i really love your blog. Gread design and good contents. Looking forward for your new entry btw 🙂

  • how to put read more link?

  • thank you claudia! 🙂

  • the 11th button from the right on your post editor – Insert jump break

  • Thank You Erin for this entry. Terus I check blog I, banyak yang kurang. I pun still dok belajaq macam mana nak customize I punya blog bagi nampak simple dan tak serabut. Btw serius I suka gila blog U <3

  • So glad this post helped you! Thank you atiqah! <3

  • lol sounds like my blog have like 90% of the no no things in it.. 😀

  • haha takpe. as long as you like it 🙂

  • oh sis what you actually wrote is literally true. I want to change my blog design to a simpler/responsive one but I'm afraid I haven't enough time to re-edit/customize my blog. About that one post per page and that update issue… lol it hits me ahaha. I'll try to change from now on, thanks to your honest entry, it remind us bloggers to not neglect our readers and our blog hehe 😀

  • haha so glad this post helped you! 🙂

  • I rarely update and sometimes I pity whoever that stumble into my blog lol

  • if you're busy with other stuff such as studies then it's fine 🙂

  • Me too. I'm a hosteler (ntah apa budak asrama kira and will be taking SPM on this year) haha…me: feeling like (._. |||)

  • hahaha good luck for your spm! 🙂

  • Nice sharing , dear . I love the template that have " read more " tab. But , when I bought this lastest template it makes me dissapointed because there are actually no "read more " button like in the demo . And , I don't know how to add that tab . Actually , I'm also still searching the best template for my blog . Hihi

  • if you like the automatic read more function, check out templates from https://www.etsy.com/shop/VefioThemes

  • i think personal posts can be engaging if your style of writing of interesting especially if you’re doing random talk posts on your blog. new readers may not know you personally and they rather not read personal posts because to them they don’t know you very well and there’s no point in reading personal posts so yeah your style of writing should be interesting and fun to read 🙂

    you’re welcome Nikki! 🙂 x

    • hmm yeah you are right, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks again! 🙂