What Sort of Posts Do You Enjoy Reading?

I’ve never thought about what draws me into reading a post until recently. I read between ten and forty WordPress posts a day between all of the different authors I follow but I will admit that some are more cursory readings than others. Over the past week I’ve made a list of the posts that arrested my full attention and made me want to contribute to the discussion. I’ve collected some of the types of posts I’ve read recently and casually run through them below. If you find that you’re an author who frequently writes the kind of posts that I don’t particularly like, no offense! I’m just one reader and generally those sort of posts don’t even apply to me.

Factual Stories

It’s not a secret that narrative is enticing. We’ve all surely read that opening your post with an anecdote or peppering personal happenstance throughout your page is the easiest way to make something more interesting. Posts which began to tell a story that alluded to a question that I wanted to know the answer to overwhelmingly drew me in. I’m not talking about obvious questions like “how to change a tire” but vague, unwritten questions like “I wonder how this author’s husband is doing now after this situation?”

Lists

Lists are tricky. In order for me to care about a list, I found that I had to already trust the author. People I’ve followed recently who I don’t have much of a history with, I might casually glance at their lists but don’t really care about their opinion yet. Lists are often very personal as they represent the author’s opinion. If I’m not familiar with the author’s personality and background, I’m not going to trust their opinion.

That said, I like lists from familiar authors. They’re concise, easy to peruse because if you don’t care about one of the items in the list you can just move to the next one, and they usually fall into a central theme so I know going into it how much I want to invest into reading it. My advice based on my notes would be that if you like writing lists, don’t only write lists. Give your audience some meat occasionally so that they can get to know you.

Blogs on Blogging

To be blunt, I don’t care about these posts in the slightest. Some of my followers (and some of the people I follow) primarily write in this area so once again please don’t take offense, I’m not trying to say your blog is worthless! In my experience, these posts are a penny a dozen and the vast majority of them are completely unoriginal and recycle content that has already been written a thousand times by other authors. It makes sense, too… how much advice can one truly give on writing a blog? There are some tried and true methods to success and while there’s some leeway in their implementation, for the most part the formula never changes.

However, if you have a unique voice and work in some of the first method (telling a story) you can still have an interesting blog. Look I get that some of us are here to make money or demonstrate our skills so that we can land a job in writing some day but the obviously SEO oriented post titles and formatting kill me. You might steer some Google traffic your way but human beings don’t enjoy reading something that was written for an algorithm. Be original, please.

Inspirational Posts

When written well, I love inspirational stories. Some of them have genuinely changed the course of my day and week in the past. There’s a lot of negativity and toxicity on our dear Information Superhighway (this blog is the source of some of it, I will admit) and it’s always great to see someone doing the opposite. I have noticed that some of these blogs don’t get the attention of other blogs because people like reading about drama and crisis more than something nice, but I see you.

Even if I am a notorious shitposting troll.

HEAVY Religion

For the most part, religious posts could fall under a couple of the above categories but there is one type that stands out above the others for me. When someone launches into an almost word-for-word copy of Bible passages and, let’s not mince words, schizophrenic interpretations of their meaning, I navigate away immediately. Religion doesn’t offend me and I’m not a torch bearing atheist who thinks that we should take Nietzsche’s advice regarding God. We have to all admit, though, that the supernatural nature of religion does draw an inordinate amount of paranoid schizophrenics. Combined with the reinforcing nature of the WordPress platform… there’s a pretty crazy corner of the web on here. You’re not doing them any favors by giving them praise in their comment sections or even by questioning them.

Pictures

If your entire blog consists of posts that are simply one photograph without a caption or background story… you might do better on Instagram.

12 thoughts on “What Sort of Posts Do You Enjoy Reading?

  1. Ha! Brilliantly said… honestly I’m surprised this post doesn’t have more likes on it already, because it is quite blunt while remaining kind/objective… but then I guess that could perhaps touch back to your point about inspirational posts.

    “Even if I am a notorious shitposting troll.” LOL!!! Any good blogger is one on occasion, I figure (or hope… since I am one too ;)).

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  2. With religious posts, I’m interested in reading about people’s personal beliefs and experiences, but if something is written in a way that assumes that the reader is (or should be) of the same religious persuasion, that tends to be a turnoff.

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  3. I make lists! I’m assuming that you trust my posts? 🙂 I might not post that much but when I do, I try to make sure it provides some kind of value for readers. I was going to write a review post but I haven’t received my mail due to the quarantine, and idk when I’m going to get that mail.

    I know it sounds like an excuse, because it is. However, I write a lot outside of the blog-sphere. The courses I am taking a very heavy in essay writing, research, and group projects. Last month, I wrote what felt like a book for an ethics class… all within 5 days. They called it Block Week but I called it NaNoWri[week].

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      1. There isn’t a single list or system that works for me. Online, they make it look easy. “Follow these 10 things or whatever for a better life!” And things like that…

        Run for the hills if you find yourself trying to follow any one list, especially those popular videos that have been floating around the Internet. 😉

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  4. I have a weary view of blogs about blogs as well. Anytime I write a post about blogging I have this dirty feeling for some reason. What if musicians only sang about music? What if artists only made art depicting people doing art? What if photographers only photographed other photographers? What if writers only write about authors (oh, hello romance novels/Hallmark movies!)?

    It’s even worse because any post about blogging rakes in the views. Naturally you want to write about what gets the most views.

    And poetry blogs. I just cannot understand poetry. Nothing against the artform; I think I’m just stupid and don’t “get it.”

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    1. I don’t get it either. Early on, I followed a lot of poetry blogs just to be nice because they followed me first but I couldn’t bring myself to read more than a sentence of each one. Once I see something written in poetic format, my eyes go cross.

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  5. I appreciate your honest look at bloggers’ posts. I enjoy reading short story fiction, poetry, and unique narratives about every day life. Word Press is a huge place, and my own footprint here is nearly microscopic.

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