What are Your Favorite Blogging Tips?

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Hi friends–I am giving a Blogging 101 presentation to my friend Linda’s guild, Needlechasers on November 13.  I would LOVE to compile a Blogging 101 Cheat Sheet filled with favorite blogging tips from bloggers and blog readers alike. Can you help me out?

Please leave me a comment telling me your favorite blogging tip, or thing you like best about the blogs you read. It could include anything from platform advice, frequency of posting, blog design/layout/platform, favorite types of posts to read, advertising, sponsors, giveaways, tutorials, anything!

I’ll post my Blogging 101 Cheat Sheet here after the presentation.

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I picked up these cute charm packs at Quilt Market–the 5” charms are called Ninjas Don’t Sweat by Lily Gonzales-Creed, and the mini charm pack is Daydream by Kate Spain–I’ll draw a number from the comments and send these as a mini thank you! Thanks in advance, and have a great weekend.

Updated to add:  the winner of the charm packs from Sarah from Isabella the Cat! Yay, Sarah.
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140 Comments

  1. Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    The thing I like best about blogs is finding useful tips and posts giving product reviews :)

  2. Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I like blogs with lots of pictures and how-to’s.

  3. Lisa R
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Love the sponsors because sometimes it’s a new fun shop you have never heard of. However hate those flying ads for sponsors some people have. And I love pictures of completed projects and tutorials on how to do them or specific pattern name and where you can get them.

  4. Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    I enjoy pictures and humor most about the blogs I read. I’m grateful for tutorials, and when I read them, there is no such thing as too much detail (I question myself every step of every process, and the less left to chance the better for me!)
    mmckee at wi dot rr dot com

  5. louise
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I enjoy blogs where I can learn something, tap into their creative process – I get very tired with all the give away stuff. Tutorials are the best and assume your reader knows nothing.

  6. Janet from WI
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I look forward to reading blogs daily (M-F). I love the helpful hints for short-cuts and product reviews. As a somewhat new to quilting person, I’ve learned a lot from reading blogs. The people I follow are so nice and generous with what they post and free patterns, giveaways, etc. I’m in awe of the talent out there and they inspire me to be better and try new things. This giveaway is so nice. I’ve never tried HSTs before and maybe with these pre-cuts I’d venture into that arena :0) I also like when they share a bit of their lives with us. It makes them more human and it makes them endearing to the rest of us. Share their mistakes or frustrations so that those of us who are muddling through the beginning stages of quilting don’t feel so bad when things don’t go just right. Thanks for asking and thanks for the opportunity to win! Happy weekend ;c)

  7. Joyce
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I love tutorials and seeing completed projects. I want to say it inspires me to produce more…but it actually only produces more printouts of future projects!

  8. Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I like tutorials too – and lots of pictures! and I agree with Joyce – my list of projects just keeps growing!

  9. Jenn
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Tutorials, pictures, and a bit of personality :)

  10. Bobbie23nc
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I learn so much from the blogs; it’s almost like going to school. I greatly appreciate when tutorials are also in a downloadable PDF form that I can put on my ipad and take with me when shopping.

  11. Amy C
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I like blogs that have three ways to follow – by GFC, bloglovin and email. I prefer GFC but wordpress peeps I have to follow by email.

  12. Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    My advice is to remove word verification for commenting. I love to leave comments and this step is a pain.

  13. Anya
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Love tutorials, tips and just real life stuff.

  14. DianeY
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Without trying to sound negative, I hope it’s OK to say things I don’t like! Don’t say I’ve been a bad blogger if you haven’t posted in a while!there is no law saying you have to post every day.
    Also, don’t post about how you can’t post what you’re working on because it’s super secret. You don’t need to justify how you spend your time and I’m not really interested in what I can’t see.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      I think this is a really good tip. I completely agree, and its something I try hard to remember, but don’t always do. thanks!

  15. Cindy
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I mostly love looking at pictures of quilts and getting ideas for my own projects. Also, I truly appreciate those who create tutorials, as long as they are short and don’t show every seam that is being sewn (which I feel is a waste of time).

  16. Lisa Marie
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I love to see photos of finished or in-progress projects. Inspiring! I also enjoy tutorials and tips. A blog that sometimes makes me laugh is great. I am not a fan of word verification although I do understand the need for it. I do like giveaways and am impressed by the generosity of the bloggers and sponsors who offer them. I also applaud the bloggers and quilters who take the time to promote, sponsor and participate in charity quilting events. I have made quilts a couple of times for things like that — but I might not have known about the need/opportunity if it weren’t for information on a blog.

  17. Sue Staum
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I enjoy blogs that take you through the whole process, including lots of pictures, explaining why fabrics, binding, quilting pattern were made. It is just so wonderful that quilters share so much!

  18. Ella
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Find your “voice.” Don’t try to be something you’re not. Take pictures. Be patient with your learning curve. Use a blogging platform that makes sense for the commitment level you want to bring to it.

  19. Chris
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    I love blogs that have step by step picture of the projects.

  20. Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I think it is important as a blogger to reply to comments left on a post, and as a reader to leave feedback/comments (positive of course) on blog posts read. I don’t follow this advice as often as I should, but I try 😉 Great idea to compile a cheat sheet. Good luck with that, and I am interested to see what advice you get.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      I always struggle with responding to blog comments–I try to respond to questions, of course, but always wonder if I should send an email back that says, “Thanks” when someone says “great quilt…” I’ll have to think about it more…

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

        I try to make the reply commensurate with the comment–a “gret quilt” gets “thanks for visiting.” To a comment with content, I try to add a thought or explain a though in more detail than the original post.

        I like the “like” button–if there is one, I’ll use it if I have no content to add to my liking a quilt. When I can, though, I give reasons for liking.

        • Katie Blakesley
          Posted November 4, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

          Great way to respond to comments. Thanks!

  21. Sherry
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I enjoy blogs with pictures that show the machine quilting. I have gotten some great ideas for quilts I want to make from blogs.. Your blog is one of my new found favorites.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! Your comment made my day, Sherry.

  22. Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I like when Blog Archives are listed. It let’s me easily return to previous posts on a blog for patterns, tutorials, or specific inspiration!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      I agree on the comments, and good suggestion about blog archives. thanks!

  23. Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I like when blogs have an open comment format…no crazy codes you can’t read to punch in!

  24. Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Sorry, I have more than one thing…but here is my little list in the order that they occurred to me…
    Attribute – if what you did is from someone else, or if you built on someone else’s idea, then say so and provide a link if possible.
    Clear pictures
    Look at color, contrast and layout…make sure wording has enough contrast with background and is a large enough font…leave some spaces so that it is easy for the reader and they can easily see which words go with which photo.
    Figure out why you want the blog…for you or for your readers. If it is for you…then anything goes. If it is to be a part of a community of readers, then choose what you are mainly about…if someone is a quilt blogger, I still am interested in a bit about family or travel or food or big life events, but then more than half of your posts should be about quilting.
    Sorry for my wordiness!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      These are great suggestions. Especially the one about figure out your motivation for blogging and attribution. Thanks!

  25. Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    We are all here for the main reason of quilting, or maybe a little bit of cooking-crochet-knitting, but whatever the blog is about, I think less is more. Too many buttons and distracting backgrounds and graphics sometime take away from peoples photos. It also seems like a very touchy subject when it comes to “personal” posts.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      I think it’s definitely a balance–some people write strictly about quilting, others include more of their real life. I think ultimately the blogger has to decide what they want to do and then figure they will attract readers who like that. I always waffle back and forth between including more swimming, biking, hiking, etc., and not. Some people love it and some people don’t!

  26. Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I see a few people already left notes above about this, but I’ll chime in too. If they are focused on getting involved in blogging as a member of a community, then make it as easy as possible for readers to comment – no word verification. And, if they are brand new bloggers, I’d give them to tip for find a few community oriented activities to get involved with like linky parties or quilt-alongs because for me that was a great way to start to interact with other bloggers on a regular basis.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      I greatly dislike word verification–one of the reasons I finally switched to wordpress.

  27. Carrie @Gotcha Covered Quilting
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    My #1 pre-requisite for reading a blog is that the font must be big enough to read. I’m shocked continually how many bloggers use itty bitty font.

    Be yourself! Make your blog authentically yours, showcasing your personality.

    Be patient. It takes time to grow readership.

    Make sure there is a way to comment as anonymous and as url, not just open ID or WordPress.

    Most importantly…have fun!

  28. Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I love good pictures, a bit of a story, and a sense of humor in the blogs I read. Details about finished projects are great but I’m also interested in the process – how choices and challenges can expand creativity. There’s nothing like a well done tutorial created to share the love!

  29. Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    There are probably some good blogs out there that I just click through because the text is too small or a low contrast with the background. I love posts where pictures tell the story more than text. And it is always good to respond to comments but put at least the same effort into your reply as the commenter put into their comment.

  30. Jan
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    DianeY hit a BIG nail on the head with her comment … “don’t post about how you can’t post what you’re working on because it’s super secret”! It’s a waste of my time and if that blogger does it more than a couple of times, I stop following that blog. People don’t care that you’re working on a super secret project. When you’re able to tell everyone about it, then do a post.

    Use a font that’s easy to read … no script or fancy fonts.

  31. Jan
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Forgot another one … if someone takes the time to leave a comment on a blog, the blogger should be courteous enough to send a reply. My time is just as precious as theirs.

    • Sandra
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      It would be nice if bloggers had time to reply to all comments, but sometimes the comments aren’t worthy of a response and sometimes there are just so many……

      • Jan
        Posted November 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        If the blogger is running a giveaway, I can understand not getting a reply to my comment. Other than that, all comments are worthy and deserve a reply.

        • Sandra
          Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

          Sure all are worhy. It’s the time constraint. More often than not the blogger has a job and a life and is not at the beck and call of people who happen to leave a comment. If it’s a pertinent question, that’s one thing,…..

          • Jan
            Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

            The person leaving comments may also have a job, kids, dogs, cats, fish, birds, oh and a life too. If someone writes a blog blog, they probably expect (would love) comments. It’s inconsiderate when the blogger doesn’t send a reply to a comment. Like I said before, their time is no more valuable than mine. If after leaving comments on a few of their posts, they don’t leave a comment, I stop following them. There are plenty of other blogs I could follow.

  32. Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I love tutorials and how to´s, but I like to read too the process you take from the idea to the finish project.

    Thanks for this chance

  33. Evelyn
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Tutorials and pictures are my favorite things to find in blogs.

  34. Anne
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Love reading user friendly tutorials and looking at clear pictures of quilts with some close ups. Enjoy a little personal information especially with outdoor photos, love looking at the scenery in other countries.

  35. Tamie
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I get so much from the blogs that I follow (169 at last count) but I really don’t want the bloggers to feel the pressure to post every day, etc. I just want to say thank you. I get so much inspiration from sharing.

  36. Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I also don’t like to be teased by bloggers who comment on the secrete project they are working on. Blog in real time; I’ll go buy that magazine now just because you have a pattern in it. Share your family with me, cover there faces with quilts if you must. I follow one blogger just because she has 5 kids and I have 6. I have a connection to her. I’m proud of her and all you bloggers out there, your tips and tutorials are helping me to be a better quilter. I understand why codes are needed when commenting, explain why and then they’ll understand.

  37. audrey
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s important to show process all along the way. I get discouraged at bloggers that continually have beautifully finished work, but no mistakes shown/admitted to or ‘what do I do now’ posts. Also, I love reading little bits and pieces about the rest of someones life, but it really should be more of a teaser if the blog is supposed to be about quilting!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Great feedback. I know sometimes I feel silly showing process shots, so it is nice to know people like them.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Audrey. I think it’s a good reminder to be human when you blog. I have lots of mistakes to share. ha!

  38. Posted November 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    My tip: Large pictures, and less words.

  39. barbars woods
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    i like tutes with lots of pictures

  40. Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I just started my little blog, so all these tips have been great! I whole-heartedly agree with the people who commented about finding your voice as a writer. I also like pictures, tips and commentary about the process. Can’t wait to see the final tip sheet!

  41. mindingmomma
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I like to read blogs that use one font per post. I don’t like all the fancy scripts and some written one way, some the other. They are hard to follow and I usually skip off to some other site rather than read it all.

  42. Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    My favorite posts are those that feature fresh fabric. A great follow-up would be what someone has done with said fabric. Bonus: a free tutorial or pattern!

    I, too, dislike when people post for the sake of posting. I say: quilt for the sake of quilting. Make something gorgeous, then show it to me when it’s done. Don’t rush for the sake of the blog. And don’t feel bad if “real life” interrupts your blogging “schedule.” Most of us have families and all the responsibilities that come with, and if we’re honest, we can’t “do it all.”

    Re: platforms… I just started blogging less than a year ago, and when I did, I remember reading somewhere not to upload your pictures directly to blogger (that they get butchered), but instead to transfer them from Flickr. But only last week (maybe nine months later?) did I finally figure out how to do this. Yes – a world of difference!

    Okay… can’t wait to read the final list!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your comments-I know it’s easy to feel like I “have” to post sometimes, so it’s nice to hear “don’t post for the sake of posting.”

  43. Alisa
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I I love user friendly tutorials, also like a sidebar with pictures of past tutorials. Your blog is great and your work is lovely.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      thank you!

  44. Susan Clayton
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m loving these comments. So many good suggestions. I feel like I’m at your presentation. I’ll chime in and say please don’t put background music on your blog.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      I avoid blogs with background music! Not many people do it anymore but its a great tip. thanks!

  45. Michele T.
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Can I leave a “don’t?” My tip would be don’t waste your time and space going off about people who correct your grammar or dislike a certain comment. I think that’s an important tip for new bloggers!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      That’s a good one. Thanks!

  46. Posted November 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I really like photos of projects, links to tutorials used for the projects and any modifications made. I also like learning so when people show where something when wrong and how to correct it or avoid it! Mostly its the photos for inspiration though!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your thoughts! I used to do lots of “I learned something” posts. Maybe I should write some more every now and again…

  47. Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I think the best tip I can give is to get involved with other bloggers! Take the time to participate in something that another blogger is hosting, a quilt a long, a linky party, a challenge of some sorts, or even just commenting on blogs that you enjoy. If you can direct your readers to their blogs on occasions, they will be more likely to give you a shout out of some sort and direct their readers to your blog too!

  48. Quilting Tangent
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I like blog hops – to see what everybody made. Search space on a blog. Tutorials. Galleries. Photos of when you see quilt shows.

  49. Helen P
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I love a sense of humour in a blog. That’s what makes it for me

  50. Sarah J.
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a blog, only read them. I like the inspiration but also the reminder that were all human and have quirks and aren’t perfect!

  51. ylmommyx4
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    From a readers point of view I really like it when the person shares a little but of their personal life. I don’t like a post everyday. I don’t like pop up ads and a lot of self promotion. I prefer reading more personal blogs as compared to blogs for profit. I always like learning from others so tutorials or links to patterns are helpful.

  52. Jenny
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I too hate all the ads and too much sponsoring. I suppose it is the difference between a blogger who is using their blog as a business and one who blogs for fun only. I mostly follow the latter. I love tutorials with lots of close up pictures. I also like it when tags are used. As I follow a lot of blogs I often forget exactly what the title of a blog post was when I want to go back but doing a search helps me to find the article. I like large, easy to read, sans serif fonts. I like to get to know a bit about the blogger’s life too.

  53. Jenny
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    And I Hate verification codes.

  54. Posted November 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I really like BIG pictures on blogs – tiny ones tend to make me click away. And when replying to a comment – it is much more warm and fuzzy to receive a sweet sentence or two, rather than just a “thank you” – which often leads me to not bother commenting.

  55. Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Great idea, Katie! A few tips that I’ve found helpful: try to post regularly because it gets you in the habit. I have a regular Monday and Friday post, and sometimes post in between if I have time, but always on those days. Host a linky party or join in one (or more), leaving comments on other’s posts to make connections. Always respond to comments via email if possible – your reader may not come back to your blogpost to see if you commented on his or her comment. Plus responding via email fosters relationship and allows for more personal interaction than might be advisable on a public forum. And I think you should respond to all comments – if I’m having a giveaway where a reader may leave more than one comment, I only respond to one, but they do hear back from me unless they are no-reply. Put your email address on your blog profile so people can reach you, and so you won’t be a no-reply blogger. I’ve often wanted to start up a conversation with a commenter only to find there was no way to reach them!

    On the negative side, I really don’t like posts with giveaways or reviews of products that aren’t related to the general theme of the blog. I know I’ve been contacted by companies about doing reviews like that but don’t want to “turn off” my quilt-y friends. Too many of them will make me drop a blog from my blog roll. Also, too much self-promotion is kind of a turn-off, but I understand that many of the blogs I read are also businesses or business related, so some is understandable. Just be sure it doesn’t come off as bragging, or the only thing you talk about!

    And remember to pay it forward – quilts can be a great blessing to people in need, and it doesn’t take too much of your time to make a quilt for charity every so often!!

  56. Sarah
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I cringe to admit it, but I really appreciate bloggers who know their homonyms and use them correctly. (Their/there/they’re etc. ). Yes, I’m a grammar slob in spite of my atrocious spelling. Luckily I have lots of clever kids in my math classes who are more than happy to correct their teacher’s spelling mistakes.

    This is also why I spend my time reading blogs and will never start my own.

  57. Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I like blogs that list other blogs they enjoy on the side, so you can be introduced to new blogs or ones you haven’t come across before.

  58. Pat (Sparky's Mom)
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I love reading blogs and I guess if they are doing things I don’t like or find interesting I just stop reading them. I appreciate having bloglovin but some bloggers don’t seem to be available that way and that’s disappointing. Once I started using bloglovin (instead of my bookmarks) I found I didn’t mind at all if someone didn’t post everyday. I like a little bit of the personal included. Good photos and closeups. Good tutorials. Those are all appealing to me. I like linky parties and have found some of my favorite bloggers that way. :)

    I do find it annoying when a blogger mentions how much more detail there is on their Instagram or Facebook, etc. account. I don’t do any of those activities and don’t see why information has to be spread around like that. If a blogger does that a lot I drop them from my following list.

    And like everyone else, I hate the authentication codes. 😀

    I live in the area and would love to attend your Blogging 101 Presentation.

    • Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      Katie is going to be speaking on Wednesday 11/13/13 at 10 AM at a monthly meeting of the NeedleChasers of Chevy Chase in Chevy Chase, MD. Visitors are welcome! For more information click on the Needlechasers link at the very beginning of her post.

  59. Posted November 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    a couple of things that turn me off: having to register and create a password to leave a comment; poor spelling and grammar; over billing your blog’s content; a couple of things that keep me coming back: handy and practical tutorials with step by step photos; learning about or connecting with the blogger

  60. Posted November 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    What great responses to your question. I’ve enjoyed reading all of them and can’t wait to have you speak to my traditional quilt guild. Finding out about quilting blogs opened up a whole new world to me that I didn’t know existed. There is so much inspiration in seeing other people’s work online and then being able to read how and why they made it that way. It is also a way to connect to other quilters without leaving home and although many mothers caring for young children love this, older quilters would too if they new it existed and had just a little bit of computer knowledge to find what interests them and interact.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

      Such a great point! And I think the online quilting world acts as an intro to guilds for people who are just starting out, live where there aren’t many quilters nearby/ who enjoy their style, and who would be nervous to meet others (in the beginning at least).

  61. HeatherK
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Such good points already left. While I like tips and reviews and I love pictures of process, I really appreciate bloggers who are real and who let their personality shine throughtheir pics and posts.

  62. brigid
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I like blogs with tutorials and regular posting.

  63. Leia
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I love the photos of the process. It’s wonderful to see the beautiful finished photos, but the work along the way is also interesting.

  64. Posted November 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    The ‘no-reply blogger’ is a big one – It’s frustrating when you get a lovely comment and the person is a no-reply blogger and you can’t reply to say thank you – maybe some tips on how to check and fix your blogger status :)

    • Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      I agree with this. I don’t post things for the fun of it. I am trying to connect! I also hate when I can’t reply to another person’s comment!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the suggestion–I think lots of people don’t realize they are a no-reply blogger!

  65. Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed reading these comments very much and your replies. I have a blog myself and I loved reading what your readers value in a blog. Thanks for this!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by. I agree–so many good suggestions. I’m going to incorporate quite a lot of them into my blog writing!

  66. Posted November 3, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Just reading these comments has increased my knowledge of blogging as a reader and as a newbie blogger.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by. Me too! So many great suggestions from people, and everyone likes something different. I think that is good for all of us as we try to find our blogging voice.

  67. Jenny Faasavalu
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about blogs: Getting personal. I like to look at people’s quilts, but it’s the personal life stories and pictures I love. It’s the inspiration and ideas, not just from quilting, but motherhood and life that I appreciate.

    Also, spelling and proper grammar is important. Thanks for your blog!

    • Jenny Faasavalu
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

      Like your biking adventures! I LOVE to see pictures and read about places you go.

      • Katie Blakesley
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        Thank you!! I need to make sure to get back out on my bike before it gets cold…

  68. Maureen
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I also like the tutorials, tips, and photos. Link ups with other bloggers is fun and has led me to other sites that I now follow regularly.

  69. Iris Fitzpatrick
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I like insight in other peoples creative proscesses. And I am a sucker for QAL.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by–I will make sure to emphasize that people (including me!) write about the creative process.

  70. jenni
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Tutorials and pictures, you are so great at that!

  71. Aideen
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing lots of photos on blogs, I don’t mind if some are of the same quilt several times if it is eye catching. I love step by step tutorials also, and info on which sewing machine the blogger uses.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your suggestions–I especially like the suggestion on sewing machine info.

  72. Posted November 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I hate word verification. I also hate it when the blogger posts lots and lots just for the sake of it.
    I love giveaways, even though i have never won ANYTHING ha ha, never stops me from coming back to try again
    Jessica

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the great advice!

  73. Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I hate it when I can’t see the whole post on my ipad. (Using bloglovin’) I also really like seeing pictures.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      I do too! Truncated posts are the worst.

  74. Renae
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure someone has already said these things but…. I really love tutorials and when a blog has a very searchable menu. Sometimes I see something and forget to pin it and it is much easier to find again if things are easily categorized. I absolutely LOVE those ninjas!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! Great advice about a searchable menu. I hadn’t thought of that.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      I’ll make sure to mention searchable menus. A great suggestion, thank you.

  75. Jane
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I like blogs that are fairly active-if not I must say I lose interest.
    Love blog listings on the side -great way to see new -to-me blogs.
    A simple font is good-fancy is too hard to read!
    Pics are fabulous -“worth a thousand words” as they say.
    Tutorials are so good and really generous of bloggers to put all that time into preparing them.
    Finally, I don’t expect a reply to every comment I make-life is busy!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for th great advice.

  76. Posted November 4, 2013 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Many people have already said many things I think. I’d emphasize one: I love a window into the blogger’s creative process.

    I get bored by posts that just say “I made x today” and post a photo.

    I get bored by lists: lists of projects planned for the month and of projects accomplished at the end of the month. I’m more interested in the projects themselves, the trials, the solutions.

    I dislike blogs that are mostly selling something. A little is okay.

    My attitude toward the personal: at first I skimmed over it. Then as I “got to know” a blogger, I began to care more about what was going on in their lives.

    Depending on time, I read whole posts (or not) that are not about quilting.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment–I like the way you put it– a window into the blogger’s creative process. Sometimes as a blogger you forget to share that process, especially since mine seems so haphazard sometimes!

  77. Posted November 4, 2013 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    I like active blogs with inspirational photography (Unlike my own!) with enough of the bloggers “real world” to show they are human not quilting robots but still enough quilting to say it’s a quilting blog :) I like reading about the ideas behind the creation, why a fabric was used, how come this pattern was picked out instead of that pattern not just a series of “Ta-Dah!” posts with finished items…After 4 years blogging I really should take my own advice!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      Sometimes I forget to include my thought process and it feels like a series of “ta-dah” moments when I’ve really been working on a quilt on and off for a year. thanks for taking the time to add some really great blogging tips.

  78. Linda
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I have been following well over 100 blogs in the past year. For me my favorites are those that have pictures and the creative process they took from what they saw as inspiration all the way to the finished quilt they created. Tutorial are great but I find inspiration in almost all quilts I see. I am a visual learner! Blog posts that have no pictures at all lose me instantly.

  79. L
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I love just seeing pictures of finished quilts–so inspirational! It helps me get ideas for patterns, color combinations, and quilting designs for my own projects.

  80. Andrea
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I love when bloggers have tutorial tabs, finished quilt tabs for inspiration, and links to other favorite blogs.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      I will definitely highlight the importance of organizing your blog so content is easily accessible. Thanks for the suggestion.

  81. Jennifer @ Glinda Quilts
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    This has been a fascinating read! I love EVERYTHING about blogs (even though it does detract from my precious quilting time!) I love the mixture – photos of the process, sources of creativity, stories, links to others’ tips, the finished items and the positive energy that comes out – it’s all wonderful. I can’t ever see me not replying to a comment – I think it’s lovely every time someone pops by to say hello :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by. Honestly, it’s so great to hear someone say they love blogs. I do too :)

  82. Posted November 5, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    This string of posts has been so enlightening. I like 75% subject matter 25% personal. That rule for pictures too. Love giveaways and tutorials and free patterns!
    Mostly I live knowing there are others just as obsessed as me!

  83. Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    This has been fascinating and educational. I am a fairly new blogger and still trying to learn all the ins and outs. Learning the technology part has been challenging but a few tutorials have helped. I just keep plugging along and learn as I go. Thanks for all the tips and I look forward to your tip sheet.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by! Honestly, I wish I would have asked this question 3 years ago.

  84. bee
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    when i started blogging i wasn’t sure if i’d like it or if anyone else would! mostly I enjoy writing posts for myself and to keep up with what I’m making and working on. Something that I’d recommend is to link up with one of the many great blogs out there- whether it’s a fabric tuesday, or WIP wednesday, goal setting links, whatever! It’s a lot of fun to join in with what’s going on in blogland and a great way to stay motivated and enthusiastic about your own work & posts.

  85. Lindsay
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    First spot I always go is tutorials link! I also love then I see online fabric sales/deals posted. :)

  86. Allison D
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I like good pictures and tutorials or links to patterns/tutorials used. You don’t have to make up everything yourself but make sure you give credit to the person who did.

  87. Posted November 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I love a good giveaway, tutorials are awesome and seeing the amazing quilts everyone makes is wonderful inspiration.

  88. Malerie
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    My favorite quilt/craft blogs are all super organized. I like it when it’s easy (either via tabs/pages/etc) to see all quilts/projects together in one place when I’m browsing and for when I want to reference something I’ve seen before.

  89. Posted November 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Great idea for a presentation! I like blogs that present interesting info yet keep it real by including snippests of their personal life, too. You do a great job with that :-)

  90. Mina
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I love tutorials. I also like links parties and participation with charity events. Big turn off for me is too light font that I can’t read, negative blogs, and political rants. I like when people are themselves and show mistakes or areas where they are stuck. I don’t mind when they say they are new or having problems with something. I am happy to give advice and positive encouragement.

  91. Posted November 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I love pretty attractive photos, good informative tips, and something REAL about the blogger (like knowing they are just as frazzled as the rest of us and they have to help their kids with homework and do laundry etc. also…or that sometimes they are not perfect- they are just like us…lol) Ellen

  92. Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I like blogs with large pictures – I don’t want to be squinting to see the detail! I also need a clear blog design. Too much clutter, patterns or bright colours and it hurts my eyes.

  93. Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I’m often turned away by blogs with incessant sponsors/sponsor giveaways. It makes me feel like the person is posting because they’re getting paid too, not because they’re really inspired by what they’re doing. Instead, I’m drawn to blogs where the passion and excitement comes through. Also, I find writing style important. It doesn’t have to be award-winning prose, but if there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, I’ll stop reading, even if I really like the projects that are being posted. I hope we can get a mini review of your presentation at the next DCMQG meeting! Thanks.

  94. DanelleB
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a blog, but the ones a read most are those that add a part of their personal life, makes them more real. Of course tips, pictures and tutorials are great too!!

  95. Grandma Helen
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I truly enjoy tutorials…and who doesn’t love giveaways! Otherwise, I’m not very knowledgeable about blogs. My hope is that after I retire (1 year!!!!) I will learn more about blogging when I’m not quilting.

  96. Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    This post is just perfect. I’ve enjoyed learning such useful blogging tips. I just wondering why my time of joining blogger few years back such tips was not provided. Definitely these tips could have easier blogging experience back than. Great job, keep it up!!

  97. Posted December 9, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    this is a great question, Katie! I’m glad that you asked it and it was a great to read through the comments. a good refresher for even an old blogger like me. :) hope you are having a good start to your week. xo Amanda Jean

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Amanda Jean. And I’m so glad I just saw your comment, because it reminds me I never posted the “results” from the question! Hope things are going well–katie

  98. Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Excellent advise from top bloggers … I am aware of many bloggers shared here and out of all, I especially like Katie’s advise on loving our old readers. Thanks!

  99. Posted June 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I like when blogs have tabs at the top to make it easy to navigate to certain topics.

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