Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes An Engaging Blog Post

Good morning! Welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: What makes you continue reading a blog post?

This question is absolutely random, has nothing to do with books, should probably not be a topic for a meme called Let’s Talk Bookish, but I think it’s an interesting question that I’d love to see the answer to!

Top Three Things That Makes Me Want to Read Your Post:

A Beautiful Featured Image & Blog:

I love creative and aesthetically pleasing featured images. They’re so unique and delightful to look at, and they make me want to see the rest of your blog. If you blog’s also absolutely beautiful, or if it has a pleasing/unique color palette, then I will take the time to read through your posts.

Seeing other blog’s lovely featured images is also the reason why I’ve started designing my own with stock photos, instead of the vine + flower graphics that I had before. I still use those for WWW Wednesday, but I like designing unique images for the rest of my posts.

I think that I’m most proud of these two:

A Catchy Title:

A catchy title is also super important, and I love the ones that have the little side-note is that what it’s called?? like:

I listened to an audiobook for the first time – would I do it again?// ft. me questioning everything + LISTS ~ Kerys @ The Everlasting Library

That little side note could be what makes me read your post, rather than the actual title itself. It’s also a great way to point out exciting news that is in your post, or use a buzzword that is not mentioned in the title.

Like: Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2019 ft. a 200 Follower Q&A Form

OR

Mini Reviews: Escaping From Houdini and The Rose and the Dagger | ft. a rant, tears, and broken love

Hitting a follower milestone is something amazing, and adding it to the title would make me want to continue reading and also congratulate you on your achievement. Also, if I see rant and tears, I am definitely going to read your post. Or at least leave it open for later. Those are two buzzwords that I just can’t ignore. And I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one.

You Being You:

The most important thing that will make me read your post until the very end is you being you. If that means no capitalization, a lot of side comments like this one!!, plenty of GIFs or swear words, anything that makes that post scream YOU, then yes, that would make me finish reading your post.

There are probably many millions of blogs out there, and what makes each of us unique is the way we write. There are thousands of us who talk about the same topic, hundreds who talk about the same sub-topic, and the only way for you to stand out is by being yourself, whoever that may be. Don’t censor yourself, or try to be someone you’re not because that just won’t work. Just write, and whatever feels right, feels right, and nothing can change that.

It’s a lot more fun reading a post that is “messy” or super snarky and it being natural, than having to cringe, leaving a polite comment, and then never coming back because the author was trying to write in a way that’s not them. Because it was forced. Nobody wants to read painfully forced writing, so just be yourself, because that’s what makes people, or at least me, stop and hear what you have to say.

This Week’s Participants:

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Jane @ Blogger Books | Dani @ Literary Lion | Aria @ Book Nook Bits

That’s it for this Friday!!

How was your week? What are you reading? What makes you want to read a post? Are there some buzzwords that you just can’t ignore either? Do you think I should include more blog related questions in LTB’s prompts? Chat with me in the comments below!

17 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What Makes An Engaging Blog Post

  1. I totally agree!! Creative titles draw me into a blog post IMMEDIATELY. I tend to be quite bad at coming up with good titles, but it’s something I’ve been trying to work on. I also love seeing people’s personalities shine through in their posts, which is why I tend to prefer discussion posts since they give a blogger the biggest opportunity to show their personality! Great post Rukky!! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  2. I’m writing my LTB for this week right now, and I thought I’d look at yours and we have really similar stuff! I agree with all of this, and also I think that this is a bookish enough topic!

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  3. omg, THIS!! I agree with all of your points so much! I don’t think that your aesthetic can make or break your blog, but it is highly beneficial to you! I’m like, 80% more like to follow a blog if they have a nice design, because in my opinion, it shows how much professionalism a blogger has. Nobody wants to look at something that hurts their eyes—it’s such a big turn-off.
    Also, I used to think titles didn’t matter as a newbie blogger, but now I know how wrong I was πŸ˜‚ A good title that isn’t clickbait but /is/ very enticing is the key to getting more people to click on your post! Sometimes I really can’t think of a catchy or interesting title for something, but I try my best, haha. I think that the “extra information” thing is the perfect way to spice up your blog title!
    And yes, the most important thing!! ✨being yourself✨ Imo, that’s so important, because when someone is faking it, you can easily tell that they are, and it makes me cringe a lot. I especially find it annoying when some people try to be funny/snarky when they’re really not? (definitely did this myself in the past.) Really, any blogging voice is you’re being true to yourself.
    Great post, Rukky! ❀

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    1. Exactly!! You explained it perfectly. I’m more inclined to stay and see what you have to say if your blog looks appealing.
      Haha yess! My post titles were so stale and generic, I honestly don’t know why anyone bothered to read them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Yeah, it isn’t easy to think of a good title all the time, but we do try our best πŸ™‚
      Lol, I used to do that too. I think I kind of still do it sometimes, especially when I don’t feel like it or I’m not particularly in a jokey happy mood πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ But writing naturally is what is most important, and trying to write in a way that’s not “you” doesn’t help anyone.
      Thank you πŸ’š Happy reading!!

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