This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: When you view someone’s profile, what information do you like to see?
I presume this means blogger profiles… 😉 I would say that when I’m visiting a new blog and clicking over to the About page, I want to see something to tell me what to expect on the blog. That includes a little sense of the blogger’s personality and perspective, and what kind of posts they typically put up (book reviews, reflections, fiction pieces…? Oh look, I do all of those!) For book bloggers specifically, I want to know something about what they like to read, so that I can decide if they’re likely to cover books I’ll be interested in.
I also look for something that may be a little less obvious…I want the story of the blog. What is this a blog about? It’s kind of contained in the stuff listed above, but not exactly. Book blogs are usually straight-forward (it’s about books!), but could be complicated if there’s a more specific focus. If you’re reading your way through the Newbery winners in alphabetical order, say, it would be nice to have that mentioned!
More often I run into this exploring other kinds of blogs. I get frustrated when I click onto a random post midway through the life of the blog, find it interesting and get intrigued by vague references that are clearly part of the ongoing discussion…and then can’t find anything on the About page to explain!
For a positive example, I follow a blogger who writes about her adventures as an aspiring actress in New York, with (some) emphasis on dating. That’s basically the story of her blog, and she makes it really clear in her header and her sidebar. Without that explanation, I suspect I could easily click on a random post about either an odd job or a bad date, and feel lost on the context.
With an example that does it well, it seems so easy and obvious! But it is surprising how many blogs will have no About page, or one that really doesn’t explain…well, anything! And then I don’t know whether to read more posts, because I can’t figure out the story and whether it’s one I want to follow.
And yeah, of course I think of blogs as having a story rather than a topic or a focus or an area. 🙂 I’m a writer–life is a story!
What do you look for in a blogger profile?