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 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….
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: 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.
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!
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?