I love playing around on the blogosphere. It’s a fun and low-key way to socialize, at any time of the day. My enthusiasm might be because we are 40 minutes from the nearest city with sit-down restaurants, a movie theater, or a park; perhaps its because we lack cable or satellite TV and the radio is full of static. Personally, I like to think it is because the blogosphere is inherently cerebral – it takes thought to put together an intelligent post (no, don’t look at this one for a sign of intelligence) and a touch more intellect to read another’s blog and leave meaningful comments (and, yes, I am looking to you for that here).
So in blogging around, I look for a few things:
1) Content: I like to see what others think about books, especially scifi/fantasy/historicals. I also follow a variety of authors, indie and otherwise. But I can also be satisfied by pandas, farming, and knitting.
2) Easy way to follow: In general, I like to follow via email. Some of my fave authors are lacking an email follow button (sniffle, sniffle), but they almost always have other methods, such as following in a reader, via twitter, or via facebook.
3) Ambiance: I tend to lean towards the dark and somber, not in some emo goth kind of way, but in like a Sanctuary Season 1 kind of way. I like it quirky, but also a bit serious. Cussing and frank discussions of sex in a book don’t deter me from reading the blog. Bright colors and too many countdown-to-the-next-big-movie counters on the sidebar tend to drive me away.
4) Giveaways/Contests: I enjoy entering these and I enjoy them even more if they are interspersed with book reviews, commentaries on the bookish, and pics of fuzzy animals nuzzling your favorite books.
So with all that said, what draws you to a blog? What keeps you interested? Extra points if you tell me why you keep checking in with Darkcargo.