Interest Me

What characteristics make for an interesting blog? Do you regularly read many/any blogs (besides this one)? Why or why not? 

I used to read quite a number of blogs on varying subjects…or no standard subject at all. Some were interesting people around the world who spoke of whatever suited their fancy, be it books, movies, style, photography, poetry, or interesting people. Some were on a scholarly journey, a health journey, a journey to a new life in a new place in the world. Some were translated from other languages, some are written by those who did not have English as their first language, but wanted to become prolific in it.  

A number of those bloggers fell away themselves since their focus was narrow and they lost their passion for whatever they put the blog up for, they were discouraged by their low readership, or perhaps their own lives changed, (hopefully for the better). 

It will surprise no one that most of the blogs I read are 1), writer’s blogs, or 2), food blogs. 

A number of food blogs have fallen away. Some were from overseas and often those people moved, either back to America, or they emigrated to Canada or the States. 

Some went to vlogs. 

Many of the writers quit their blogs. Either their guest list/interviews dried up, they started doing more writing in earnest of their own, their family situations changed, or many other life-variables happened. 

 I stopped reading many on my own because well, some of the writers’ sites became continual ads for their works, or became hyper-critical of other writers’ works. Some insisted on handing their guests the same lists of interview questions, then had their favorites or their friends in whenever the other published a new work, and it was the same things over and over. I was faithful and stuck with one for years before, finally, that writer, (of whom I was very fond), put her blog on hiatus. She’s returned, but I have not. 

The ones I read now are generally special friends, people whom I find particularly interesting  

and those who do not blog continually. 

We all have lives, interesting lives, 

which many bloggers fail to understand. An incredible amount of folk think that they, and everything touching them, is special and interesting. Walk a mile in my moccasins, People: 

The same goes for vlogs, of which I spoke a few weeks ago. No way can I watch every one every day. I put a few on and listen to as I go about my business, and a few I let play with the speaker off because I really want to support those folks and their ad revenues, which often goes to charities, but I am busy. 

More and more, others get skipped and unfollowed. 

As for blogs, I often bookmark the ones that I want to read or get back to, and sometimes, I actually do! Life has just gotten harder and more complicated. 

I am doing this quickly and on Friday afternoon. The Geek was out and fixed my PC. I sat down to do this post, but I stopped twice for The Husband, once for Granddoggy #2, and twice for Grandkid #2. 

No time for very many blogs, I am afraid, 

and certainly not those who really have content that fail to enrich my life.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Interest Me

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Excellent point — that some bloggers / vloggers make the decision for us… that is, they lose interest in their own production and it just slowly fades away.
    Sad, in some ways. But in other ways, it’s probably good for their “fruit” to fall to the ground and make way for new buds.


    • I hope that doesn’t include us. I know that I have just gotten busy and my other blog takes more time.I picked up readership as I added more and more alternative foods, (gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian), and I suppose I should try to be more helpful.I just haven’t taken time.

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  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I think many of them are probably discouraged by low readership. I know I am.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m finding that there are so many other ways to communicate your platform. Recently, I attended a virtual workshop on serializing stories, and the presenter, a VERY successful author of serialized stories, told us that she spends a lot of time interacting with her readers through the reading app! I had no idea that was possible, but I suppose that’s one of the keys to her success.

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  4. I often bookmark blogs with the intent to go back and read it later but hardly ever do I actually get back to read it. I have had a few videos that I just play for background noise, I figure it will help with the view count at least. They’ll never know that I’m not actually paying attention, nor do I think they would ever really care.
    I’m glad you were able to get your computer fixed.

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