» Posted on Aug 12, 2005 in Blog | 8 comments

Okay, I need help. What do you like to read in a blog? Whose blog do you like to read? Why? I’ve been blogging for about half a year and I’m still not sure what people want. Do you want to know about writing? About life? My observations? Reviews of books and movies? I would love it if you would give me an idea what attracts you back to a person’s blog. Thanks ahead of time.

P.S. Blogging is such a new word in our language (at least I think it is) that the spell check didn’t know it.


  1. I read blogs that fall into three areas: 1. theological/philosophical 2. political(mainly conservative) and 3. writing/reading related blogs.

    So, if you have any of those topics, I’d be happy.

    What I like in a writer’s blog is insight into the craft–how she writes, how she revises, what tools she uses, how she overcomes blocks, what books are helping or inspiring her, publishing inside info, etc. I pretty much look to “writer blogs” for a peek into a functioning writer’s habits/world/progress/obstacles/networking.

    I don’t tend to read blogs that are merely personal, cause I don’t care about reading about someone’s dogs, cooking, housework, or job, unless the job is writing, being an artist, or something else highly creative.


  2. Hey Margaret, playing catch up on a few blogs tonight.

    What kinda blogs do I like? Gosh, I have tons of favorites. (I need to add you to my links on my blog)
    I like everything from deep-gut wrenching-this is my Journey with God blogs to fluffy-make-me-laugh blogs to writing blogs. But I’m picky on the writing ones. All though I want to learn all I can on writing if the blogger get’s to technical, I don’t want to read it. (Did that make sense?) I like seeing the journey of a writer. The ups-and-downs of writing. (I happen to like your blog by the way.)

  3. Thanks, Mir and Heather. I want to make sure my blog is appealing.


  4. Since I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs, I choose ones that help me in my life goals. Right now I am focused on my writing career, writing proposals and pitching editors at ACFW. I read blogs that helps me become a better writer and give me insight into being published.

    Gina C.

  5. Hi Margaret!
    Good question, it made me think about the blogs I read.

    I keep up with friends’ blogs to find out what’s going on with them, both in their writing and their personal/spiritual lives.

    I also read writing blogs (like Brandilyn Collins and Faith In Fiction) to learn craft and keep up with the market.

    I think those are the two types. Many blogs are both–they give market/writing info and they update me on how the writer is doing.


  6. Thanks, Gina and Camy. All the comments I’ve gotten here and emailed have helped me keep my blog focused.


  7. Margaret ~

    The blogs i read are written either by people i know or, lately, writers.

    The only personal blogs i read are a way for me to keep in touch with people i know who insist that the only way they will communicate with others (in writing) is through their blogs. The other reason i read blogs is to learn from others. Since writing is my current focus, i’m reading writers’ blogs.


  8. Thanks, Mar-tooney. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you at eHarlequin Steeple Hill.

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