WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO A SPECIFIC BLOG?

I’m certainly not an expert in the field of blogging, but somehow I’ve been blessed by being asked to speak at the Tulsa Workshop this year on the subject of blogging.  I’m still in the process of learning how to be a better blogger.  
Something I’ve learned over the past couple of years is that the blogs I love to read and are drawn to follow these simple blogging rules … 
  • Post Regularly – It’s really hard for me to get into a blog that only posts a few times a month. 
  • Tickle my Emotions – Make me laugh or make me cry, but emotions play a huge role in attracting me to a blog. 
  • Be Relevant – I love people who post about topics that are real or things that are part of life.  These are things I can relate to. 
  • Challenge Me – I love a post that not only makes me think, but challenges what I believe or how I live. 
  • Be Yourself – Let me see your personality. Tell me what you like, dislike, and struggle with. Be open.
  • Keep it Short – Others may like to read long posts, but I can’t do LOOOOONG posts.
  • Comments – If you want to draw people to your blog, leave comments on other’s blogs.

So, I’m really curious, what about you:

  • What do you think makes a good blog?
  • Why do you read the blogs that you do?

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  1. Becky says:

    ones that share their journey…wherever they are at on it…everyone has a story and I love reading and hearing them.

  2. Frank Bellizzi says:

    Trey, you’ve got a good list here. Something else I’ve noticed is that I tend to judge blogs according to neatness, clarity, and precision. For example, if a blog has a lot of poor grammar and misspelled words (did I spell that right?) I begin to suspect that the thinking behind that blog is likewise muddled.

    I know, that can come across as unfair and snobbish. But I don’t think it is.

  3. Stoogelover says:

    Content and personality that shows through. Most of the time I don’t have the time to read the comments, so I’ll just skim them to see if something catches my attention. Your blog, in particular, is very diverse, always interesting (one of the first I check every morning before going to work … I need to be eating breakfast RIGHT NOW!), and allows me to know you as a friend though we’ve never met.

  4. Amy says:

    A blog that shows the person’s heart. Posting regularly is great. Also one that I can learn from. Short is great. PICTURES are great, for us very visual learners. I love being able to feel connected to other Christian people and to be encouraged by their walk. Thanks for your blog. Amy

  5. Mark says:

    One thing I like in a blog is when you leave an option for more. Trey, you’ve done that. Your sidebar is full of things that let people know more, read more, see more, etc. Your blog allows us to go as deep or keep it as shallow as we want. Some days I want a quick read, other days I want know what other blogs you may be following. Keep up the good work!!

  6. Liss and MOMMY says:

    Most of the blogs I read are friends and they are about their families. It is just a way to keep up with them. I started mine to keep a journal of stuff the kids do and also let relatives from across the country see pictures. I rarely spell anything right, I usually write late at night after long days with the kids. So if you read mine it better not be for a grade. 😉 I enjoy your blog because it is something different all the time. I am with you on the long ones. Every once in a while mine will be long and it will bug me. (like this comment)

  7. TREY MORGAN says:

    Excellent comments. You guys made some points I haven’t thought of. :)

  8. Beautiful Intellectual says:

    I’m quite a visual person, so if I blog looks good, I’ll have a read and see if the content/writing style grab me. A lot of stuff on my reader has come from seeing comments I agree with etc on other blogs and going to see what said commenter is all about. Also recommendations to read certain posts then following up by reading some past stuff…

  9. Deb ;) says:

    I am drawn to blogs that are “real.” They touch me in some way; as you stated, they make me laugh, cry, sigh; they make me think.

  10. Scott says:

    All these folks and you are spot on. I like ’em short and to the point, although I can be verbose at times with my own – sorry :-( Like you I want to think, and posts that are personal and thought provoking bring me back. Yes a good laugh now and then is a plus.

  11. cwinwc says:

    I have never been a creative guy except with words, I think? Was that creative? :)

    So I disagree with some who have mentioned that how a blog “looks” is a mitigating factor with respect to me personally.

    It could be my boomerang attitude towards our Movement’s history of emphasizing the external while neglecting the interior, the heart. O.K. – answer Trey’s question –

    I like blogs that:
    1. Speak in the third person. Not really, I just made that up to go with my last comment.

    2. I look for the content as a window into the soul of the person.

    3. I like a good mixture of humor, serious challenges to our walks as Christians, some family talk, and as you so often do – links, videos, and pictures that enhance our lives.

    I can’t think of a better speaker on the subject of blogs than you my friend, a friend whom I’ve never met but still count as a “friend in Christ.” God bless you Bro.

  12. Laura says:

    I have to agree with your list. I like blogs that entertain me and sometimes teach me new things. It is fun to follow friends and family and their journeys.
    Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

  13. jerriann says:

    I feel a little discouraged reading these comments but I think that is because some of them hit close to home. I started my blog to exercise my writing muscle. I find it hard to keep up with a daily post because it takes me so long to get one published. My husband is beginning to make comments about my obession with blogging.

    I read other people’s blogs for inspiration and to learn from others writing style. I think I most enjoy the ones that make me laugh.

    One of the things that I find hard to being able to write like I talk. I can be funny when I am talking but to put all that into words seems to wordy, but hey, I always did enjoy a good comedy.

  14. freetolive says:

    I like a blog that moves with a person’s life. Highes and lows. A good mix of humor and reality. I don’t read bloggers who whine. Or complain a lot,are negative, or meanspirited.

  15. Lantz says:

    I have about 30 blogs in my Google Reader I try to keep up with. The ones I read…are short and real.

  16. David says:

    Well, how can I not leave a comment now? The occasional long post is okay, but I like two or three paragraphs.

    I also like blogs that mix it up with serious, funny, etc.

  17. John says:

    I look for some depth of scholarship when I’m reading. I am actually not attracted to emotion, though we may be talking about apples and oranges. Chicken Soup makes me throw up, though my wife likes it. The emotion of Faulkner and Lamentations stimulates me. Anything in the Bible, especially the life of Christ, excites me. That’s why I want some depth. I want to see some layers of meaning I havent seen before.

  18. Jackie says:

    I love blogs about family and real life. I love to hear one triumphs & disappointments! It just shows me that we're all human!

    P.S. I love to hear stories about your smallest child!! (I guess that's the age my kids are at)

  19. jel says:

    ok i’m leaving a comment :)

    have a good trip !

  20. L.C.T. says:

    I love being made to laugh and being made to think. The latter being the main reason I love to read this blog. Btw, hope you don’t mind but I stole your lecturn picture for my blog… I let them know it was from you though. Great pic.

  21. Jason says:

    What appeals to me the most are the ones that challenge me to live better. The blogs that address real issues that we struggle with and deal with in life. Practical blogs that from time to time mix in or bring out emotions (funny, sadness, etc.) are good too. There have been some comments about personality coming out. This is definitely a good characteristic of the blogs I have enjoyed.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Your list pretty much somes it up. I want to reiterate though that short, concise, and visually appealing is all I have time for.

    I like yours because it challenges me to be a better Christian AND isn’t using politics to do it.

  23. Stephanie Harbin says:

    Trey,
    I have your blog listed on mine. My cousin’s friend from Broken Arrow, close to Tulsa, asked me this weekend: Who is that Trey Morgan? I really like his blog. Now you’re going to Tulsa. Small world….

  24. Dr. Roger D. Butner says:

    Thanks for sharing your blogging perspectives, Trey. Very insightful. This whole Christian Blogger Awards thing really has me reflecting on and retooling my site. I look forward to keeping up with your blog more actively.

  25. TREY MORGAN says:

    Again … I’ve really enjoyed the comments today. I’ve learned a lot from your thoughts. And as Stephanie said, I think the blogging world is a small world. :)

  26. Anonymous says:

    What keeps me coming back to a blog is an invitation to be here. For instance: I am responding to a post that invited me to participate. It didn’t tell me what I was doing wrong or what I should be doing – it simply invited me to be a part of it.

    I don’t often connect with a “guru”. I would rather connect with another person who is living life and has struggles and successes.

    (There is also an assumption of honest and genuineness)

    Thanks for the invitation

    Rob

  27. NB says:

    Great list of blogging rules.

    I read blogs written by “real” people. They talk about everyday happenings and let me share a slice of their life, good or bad.

    I enjoy reading the thoughts of others because they cause me to see things from a new perspective -often a perspective I might not encouter otherwise. They make me think and re-evaluate my own ideas.

    I like the connections I’ve made through blogs. It’s made me view people differently.

    I find that reading blogs, (like yours), is very encouraging.

    You’ve often offered me a lot of new information without being intimidating. I also love your sense of humor and the fact that you will often tell about the silly mistakes you’ve made yourself.

    Keep up the good work you do here!

    Have a great time at the workshop!

    (I’ve tried to post this comment several times – my apologies if it shows up multiple times.)

  28. Matt says:

    Looks like 28 people have already followed Rule #7. The ideal blog post for me is short, to the point, and either hits me in the head or in the heart very quickly. There is just too much out there to read a novel for someone’s post. I also agree that blogging regularly helps. Before I subscribe to a blog I look to see the dates on the last 4 posts. If they are far apart I won’t sign up for it.

  29. LauraLee Shaw says:

    Ditto. What you said. Authentic, based in Truth but not beating over the head with it…

    I can tell you some things I don’t like…like you said, long posts. Blogs that are so busy that you can’t read the font or it distracts from the message. Tons of pop up windows when I’m scrolling down the content. Blogs that advertise for others (or for themselves) all the time.

    And oh, I know I’m Reeeeeeeeeeally going to lose popularity here, but…(ducking)….(whispering)…(read only if you must)…I don’t like blog awards.

    There. I said it. How’s that for taking a nice positive post and turning it around. 😀

  30. Donna G says:

    Obviously we all like bullet points and lists too :)

    Your list is a lot like mine…especially the short post part..many times I will scan to the end and probably miss the meat of the matter…but I am just being honest…

  31. Lori says:

    I guess I needed to read your list and these comments. I think most of my posts may be too long. It’s ’cause I write like I talk – too much :). Will work on that!

    A conversation I had recently is the difference in “men” blogs and “women” blogs. Most men don’t want the prettiest or cutest blog. It gives me another way to “decorate”!

    You may see Joe in Tulsa – he’ll be at the Tipton Home booth.

  32. Angie says:

    A good blog is one that allows me to see a person’s real-ness…to see that they are like me in some way. It gives good info that I can use to make my life a little better in some way.

    The blogs I choose tend to be focused on some aspect of my life that need to improve, or they allow me to watch someone else go down a road I’ve already traveled. Seeing the humorous mis-adventures of others who are brave enough to confess real life happenings makes me feel like I have done okay.

  33. Dr. Roger D. Butner says:

    And then there’s Seth Godin’s (business coach) take on the issue:

    http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/03/the-pillars-of-social-media-success.html

    (Again, sorry about the non-link link. I still have a lot to learn, blogwise!)

  34. Paul Wilkinson says:

    You mentioned leaving comments at other blogs. You mean like this one?

    But seriously, I think that given how far the form has evolved, these days a blog has to have some visual element to it. I’m just not to drawn to what is just page after page of text.

    As a blogger, I sometimes have trouble finding a graphic element, but there’s always font sizes, font colors and bullet points to break up the text into bite sized portions. Or sites where you can create a graphic if none exists.

    If something needs to be developed over a much longer amount of prose, then I usually decide it belongs on some other blog. Not mine.

  35. Dawn Jenkins says:

    I am soaking in the advice. Thanks for the post!

  36. Gabrielle Eden says:

    I go to this one blog because it is just so funny – he gets silly all the time. He says he specializes in nonsense. He’s a Christian, but he just needs to get away from the serious side of life and laugh.

    Then I go to my other favorite blog (these are where I go first) because she talks about the meatier things, but she also just reaches out to people – and there’s a lot of women there. We have fun, but we get serious too.

    I go to other blogs, like yours, to find what is thought provoking.

    I think everyone looks for meaning and to be read about things that touch them deeply.

    I don’t like to read someone ramble about their insignificant things.

    I agree – keep it short.

  37. roadtripray says:

    Hi Trey,

    I think what I like about your blog in particular is that you post regularly. This is one thing I have not been able to do myself … I just seem to stay behind these days. Of course, your blog wouldn’t be “sticky” (web term) if those frequent blog posts weren’t very good.

    You have shared very sound advice.

    Peace,
    Ray

  38. Jason says:

    Posts need to be brief & I like blogs that have a sharp focus.

  39. rehuxley says:

    I don’t like long posts although sometimes I post them. I don’t have to have someone post regularly. I certainly don’t. I think that being relevant and being yourself is what makes a blog interesting to me.

  40. Timbra says:

    alright, I follow MOST of your rules. . what are you the blog police or something? But, we all know “keep it short” is not in my vocab. . . not speaking or writing. . for goodness sakes, I can’t even keep a comment “short!” I hope you still visit and look at all the pretty pictures on my blog. . . pretty cuz 9 times out of 10, they’re of my beautiful baby girl!

  41. Gabrielle Eden says:

    For goodness sake – don’t study the rules of a good blog so you can have more readers!!!!!!!!

    Do you realize how self defeating that is?

    A blog should be fun for you – the outpouring of your heart. You should just be yourself and just post things that you find interesting or fulfilling.

    If people don’t like it – to Hell with them. (I’m kidding!!!! I say that tongue in cheek. I’m a Christian who wants to keep people out of hell.)

    There is no comparison of blogs – reason why I hate blog contests or awards – just like you can’t compare people.

    Your blog is YOU!

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