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5 Types of Blog Post I’m Guaranteed to Want to Read

I guess I should probably start this post by saying that I didn’t write it because I think you should all be tailoring your blog posts just to suit ME, or anything like that – I mean, I’m not quite Β THAT unreasonable. Or not all of the time, anyway. (You totally should, though, seriously.) They say you should write the blog you’d want to read yourself, though, and I happen to think that’s pretty good advice, so I figured today I’d tell you about the type of blog I’d most like to read, then you can tell me about the type of blog you’d most like to read, and hopefully between us we’ll be able to come up with some inspiration for blog post ideas. Or I’ll just get to talk about myself for a while: at least one of these things will happen as a result of me writing this post, and it’s up to you to decide which one it is – not to put any pressure on you or anything.

So! Here are five types of blog post that I’m almost guaranteed to click on if they come up in my Bloglovin’ feed….

5 types of blog post I'm guaranteed to click on

Anything personal / honest

Some people take the view that fashion bloggers should stick to talking about fashion, beauty bloggers should only ever talk about beauty, and so on and so forth. These people get quite annoyed when a blogger deviates from their normal subject matter and starts talking about themselves (I once had someone tell me they “couldn’t care less” about my life – they just wanted to see what I was wearing – lovely!), but I love it when bloggers get personal, and reveal something about themselves/their lives. I don’t mean that in a creepy way – I don’t expect to hear anything super-personal, and it’s always good to beware of the ‘overshare’ – but I think it’s natural to be curious about people, and even if it’s a blogger who normally just focuses on outfit shots, or beauty reviews or whatever, the second they post something a little more personal, I’ll be aaaalllll over it. I’m particularly interested in posts where the blogger opens up about something important to them:Β tell me something I don’t already know about you, or something you feel really strongly about – even if I don’t share your views or relate to what you’re talking about, I’ll appreciate your honesty, and knowing what makes you tick.

Home / closet tours

What can I say: I’m nosey. I sometimes wish I could be invisible, just so I could go around people’s houses and see how they live, so if you post a home tour or show me your closet, you’ll have a guaranteed click from me.

Posts about blogging

I know they’re not for everybody, and lately I keep coming across posts from people complaining about the sudden proliferation of blog advice articles everywhere (And yes, every single time I read one of those posts I assume it’s directed at me and MY blog advice posts – paranoia will destroy ‘ya!), but I honestly can’t get enough of them. As I mentioned in this post, I don’t know anyone in “real life” who blogs, which means I don’t have anyone to talk to about this weird and wonderful career/hobby I’ve found for myself, so ‘talking’ to people on the internet about it is the next best thing. I enjoy blog tips posts, because the blogging world is so constantly evolving that there’s always something new to learn, but I’m most interested in more reflective posts on what it’s actually like to blog for a living (or even as a hobby, because while there are a lot of differences between pro-blogging and hobby blogging, there are a lot of similarities, too), because I so relate to them – it’s nice to know there’s someone else out there who totally “gets” it.

Advice posts

It goes without saying here that this has to be advice about something I actually need advice about, so I guess my “tip” here would be to find out what your readers need advice on, and see if there’s a way you can help them. Failing that, another way to go about it is to simply have a think about the things you consider yourself something of an expert on, and write about that. It doesn’t have to be something complicated or important – it could be something as simple as how you fold laundry or organize your closet: I can practically guarantee there will be someone out there who wants to hear about it! (It’ll probably be me, actually – especially if it’s something to do with organisation. God, I love organisation tips…)

Day in the life

This is sort of related to my first point, but I’m fascinated by the minutiae of people’s lives, so I love getting a glimpse of their day, no matter how boring they might think it was. Show me your morning routine, what you have for breakfast, which products you use in the shower -you might think no one will be interested, but I promise you, I will – so that’s one reader for you, at least!

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Of course, one of the most important things you can learn as a blogger is that you can’t please everyone, so this is a purely personal list of the types of post I most enjoy reading myself: I’d love to hear what kind of posts you like best, so it’s over to you! What are your favourite types of blog post?

 

COMMENTS
  • Yes, yes and yes. I totally agree with all of these. I like helpful posts and everyday posts. I love personality in blogs alongside beautiful images.

    June 14, 2015
  • Fran

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    Totally off topic: I love that picture of you! The chair suits you really well. If it makes sense to talk about furniture suiting people like clothes? πŸ˜›

    June 14, 2015
  • Myra

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    I love reading your blog: the fashion; your photos of outfits; and little still life images (love the clean and creative composition) hearing about your house dramas; your outings and every single post brightens my day. I love your personal writing style and your humour.

    June 14, 2015
  • I would say personal posts and advice posts can sometimes be the most interesting. You would LOVE how organised my wardrobe is by the way! I might do a post on it sometime soon! x

    Lovefromloulou.com

    June 14, 2015
  • I must agree with all those points. I find people and their perspectives fascinating so I always love reading little tid-bits of people’s lives! I think it’s all about connection. In a world of ‘published’ blog posts, I find it really endearing to be able to connect to the author/blogger through the more personal side of their life.

    June 14, 2015
  • Yes! I always get this feeling that I’m doing life wrong, and blog posts that offer an honest look into someone else’s life is always comforting. Usually it turns out that I’m not so strange after all!

    June 14, 2015
  • If we fashionbloggers were to just share our oufits how would you decide which one to read? Its a fine line because agree with you on the over-sharing πŸ™‚ I have been fashionblogging for about a year and it takes a while to get a feel for it, e.g. tomorrow I will be sharing a tit bit more about me and why I did not return to the States but went back to my native country. Something my readers keep questioning me about <3 So responding to people's comments is a useful guide. xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style

    June 14, 2015
  • TinaD

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    Home and closet tours. Castle tours, too, apparently. Tours past normally unseen spaces, like old factories, shut rail stations, deconsecrated churches…history without the ticket booth. Garden pics (I’m desperately nosy about what other people put in their gardens.) Food, with or without recipes (can you go eat more cupcakes, please? Because, cupcake porn.) Books and TV; I was a sucker for those Mad Men weekly breakdowns people used to do before MM went polyester…it feeds my inner lit geek. Project blogs, which seem to have been a bigger thing 5 years ago than they are now: wearing only handmades or refashions for a year, cooking from a 1942 rationing cookbook, one dress 300 ways– in part, I think, because they were more likely to document failures along with successes than the pinterest-ready blog of today and also frequently included snippets of info I didn’t know.

    June 14, 2015
  • Jaynie

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    As long as the tone of the blog is down-to-earth, appropriate for the topic, and interesting, I’m one of those people who will read pretty much anything. None of the blogs I follow have much in common topically, really, but they’re all (in my opinion) a pleasure to read.

    I do like the variety on your blog, though — one day it’s historical landmarks of Scotland, another it’s mysterious neighbours, and the next it’s strange incidents which may or may not involve green dresses! I guess I’m a novelty seeker at heart. To pinpoint something more specific, I’m quite fond of posts in the line of “here are some dumb things I do” — partly because, again, they’re down-to-earth, and partly because there’s a part of my reading them going “see, it’s not just me!”. I do really enjoy the local landmark type posts as well, since they’re often places I haven’t otherwise heard of.

    June 14, 2015
  • Bee

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    I love your outfit posts.
    Especially casual ones as it gives me ideas on how to put my outfits together and buying pieces that are classic that I wont tire of rather than buying too much and tiring of it quickly.

    I also love your organisation posts…I love organizing things so anything like that and I’m in! I like seeing how other people come up with different ways of doing things.

    I really enjoy your day out posts, I can almost feel your personality coming through (if that makes sense).

    And who doesn’t love a pic of Rubin…he’s adorable.

    I find your blog really enjoyable to read and interesting to read the more personal side as I can really relate to it.

    June 14, 2015
  • I don’t follow very many fashion blogs, but I do follow yours (this one at least), and I think it’s because you do “mix it up” by making it a bit more of a fashion/lifestyle type blog. I LOVE home tours, your posts on blogging (like you, I don’t know anyone in my life that blogs or even READS them; my husband will dutifully listen and binge read mine occasionally (and by that I mean every 8 months)), and posts on before/afters (either from organizing, buying new furniture, or remodeling).

    June 14, 2015
  • I too love home/closet tours and A Day In The Life! I actually found that LJ community through your blog here, when you mentioned it in a post a while ago. It’s interesting to get these glimpses into people’s lives. Same reason why I like to watch vlogs. I kind of think being fascinated by that sort of thing is a requirement to be a fiction writer; I think it helps when constructing characters, you know?

    Anyway, the kinds of posts you listed are the kinds I like best, which is probably the reason why I keep coming back to your site!

    Also Rubin. Rubin is definitely a big reason.

    P. S. I’m MAD jealous of your wordcount.

    June 14, 2015
  • Maria

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    The only blog I enjoy reading is yours, the others are mostly for looking at nice pictures. That being said, it would be great if you could share some of your favorite blogs (of the reading type) πŸ™‚

    June 15, 2015
  • Oh, yes to all of these! I worry that I sound like a creepy stalker type person when someone shares a honesty/personal post, but I love those. I really like reading other people’s stories, and if they are a favourite blogger, I love getting to know them better. And definitely the same with all the other kinds too ~ do one of these, and I am so there!! πŸ˜€ ❀

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    June 15, 2015
  • I enjoy blog advice/advice posts very much, so long as they’ve got a modicum of a personal slant (there’s this proliferation of them I found on Pinterest, where there’d be like 100 tips for a new blogger, but sometimes they feel a bit robotic even if they have useful tips…if that makes any sense!). I also love “Day in the Life” for reasons of nosiness and I just find them so impressive, in terms of organization, it would be a real challenge for me to do one I think, but I love reading them! I love blogs that are balancing fashion/ fun stuff but also personal, it’s what makes me remember a blog. That said I am super lazy and will go to the top blog results for like a makeup review time and time again, being a blogger now though I do think I should make more of an effort!

    June 15, 2015
  • 100% agree.. I also loooove to see what people bought on their shopping day or home decor posts.

    June 15, 2015
  • I confess I am EXACTLY the same about the nosiness, I love to see room/house tours, especially as I have an obsession with interior decor too!

    As for blog advice – I love all your posts on this and they’ve helped me a lot!

    June 15, 2015
  • I am super nosy so I love personal posts. I also love blogging tips sort of posts too.

    June 15, 2015
  • Blogs that are more on the personal side are always my favorite. I love how-to type posts, and travel blogs, but those with the most honest/personal touch are the ones I keep going back to.

    June 16, 2015
  • Thank you for this post! Recently I have been trying to work out what types of posts I should be focusing on for my blog and this list came in handy. I am wondering though if you read travel-related blog posts and which type of travel posts you find useful. Would it be accounts of visits to different places or tips-centred lists? I have been following your blog for several years now, but have commented only once before. I enjoy your series of blogging posts and would appreciate it if you could share some tips about Pinterest and attracting followers there. Best wishes πŸ™‚

    June 16, 2015
  • I love to read posts on home tours, shop my stash (could be colour or scent themed e.tc.), photo diaries of trips, foodie reviews, and people exploring their local areas that are relevant to me, so I can add them to the to-visit list! xxx

    June 18, 2015
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