Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.
Well…the biggest reason I don’t return to blogs is sheer lack of time. But that’s on me! When I choose a blog to follow, layout could be a factor, but not a big one. As long as it’s not so crowded or poorly formatted that physically reading is a challenge, I’m probably okay. (A nicely formatted blog could be a plus, though.)
If it’s cluttered in a content way–difficult to follow, ideas pinging about, lack of coherence, that would certainly disincline me to continue. That’s basically just a particular subset of “poorly written” though, and I can’t say it’s one I’ve seen too often. Occasionally I see a book blogger with a very complex template (specific questions they answer every time, a series of rated categories like characters or plot arc, etc) but I’ve usually seen that done to good effect, not so much in a cluttered way.
The two big reasons I’ve had for not following a blog? They don’t read books I’m interested in, and that’s just different interests, nobody at fault–or they summarize more than they review. I’ve seen a lot of “book review” blogs that give four paragraphs of plot summary, then two sentences of what they thought about it all. And I just don’t find that engaging! I want to know something of the plot, obviously, but when I read blogs, I want to know what the blogger felt about the book. I can find plot summaries on Goodreads if I want more detail. (And sometimes reviewers put up the Goodreads summary, and then go into copious summarizing, which is sort of this issue squared.) Considering how common this is, I guess that’s a normal review style? Never one I enjoyed reading, though.
What causes you to not continue reading a blogger? Is clutter a factor in your choices?