What is it about a particular blog that draws you in and makes you want to read more? I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately: Why do I read some blogs and skip over others?
For me it comes down to whether or not I’m interested in and inspired by the person behind the blog.
My favorite blog is by a girl named Aura and I can’t get enough of her writing and photography—but why? She’s just a person telling stories and sharing snap shots of her life so why do I care what this stranger does with her days?
I care because I’m fascinated and inspired by her. I’m inspired by all the beauty she creates in her life and fascinated by the way she lives. Watching her life through the stories and pictures shared on her blog inspire me to go out and do more with myself—and I like that.
Another one of my favorite bloggers/artists is Katie Daisy. Katie is my favorite artist because what she creates fascinates and inspires me—just like Aura’s words and photos do. I love the way Katie combines colors and textures into whimsical little paintings and her work makes me want to transform everything around me into something dripping with color and beauty.
I also read blogs that resonate with me and the way I live.
Blogs about nature and the outdoors, photography and art, faith and family—these are just a few of the things that speak deeply to me and draw me into the writing of others with similar interest.
Both Aura and Katie are Midwest girls who grew up in the prairies of Oklahoma and Illinois. The words they write and the art they create resound deeply with my love for the prairies. I feel connected to these artists in a way because we each share a deep love of this one common thing—the flatlands, the woods, the birds and trees…the places and things that speak to us about where we are from and who we have become.
Both of these artists inspire me to create more beauty in my life. They inspire me to live better, write better, and create from a place deep inside my soul that is genuine and true.
There are very few bloggers who reach me in this way but whenever I come across someone who does, I can’t get enough of their words and stories. I want to dive into their world and understand everything that makes them who they are. I want to go away from their words and pictures and create something just as beautiful and inspiring with my own words and stories.
What draws you into a blog? What determines who your favorite writers and artists are?
7 thoughts on “Why Do You Read the Blogs You Do?”
I’m a classic movie blogger, and naturally I follow a lot of other classic movie blogs. However, my secondary passion is food and I populate my Pinterest account with their gorgeous food photography + recipes.
And then there are blogs I follow to help me keep life in perspective, such as yours. These are blogs that make me think and remind me of what is really important,
It’s funny, there are blogs I sometimes don’t get chance to read more than once a week but I’ll always keep an eye out and I’ll always make a point to sit and read them properly. It’s like you say, there’s something I’ve recognised in it, something that I can connect with, an honesty in the writing, a willingness to share part of oneself with me as the reader. I feel like I ‘know’ these people by reading their blogs. Does that make sense?
It does make sense…I feel the same way :]
It has to be well written and entertaining, and because I’m usually running short on time, concise.
Concise is def important…I have to be really interested if I’m going to find the time to read anything very long…otherwise I’ll just read a book.
I guess many things. A lovely about me page that feels honest and genuine…or something in common with the blogger, or a post of their that just grabs me and is enough to make me follow them 🙂
I didn’t think of the About Me page but I agree, I do always look at the About Me page and it can make a big difference in whether I follow that blog or not.