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1. I decide which blogs to read based on the author? - 4
2. There are some bloggers I read everything they post? - 4
3. There are some bloggers I don't read anything they post? - 3
4. I read blogs from new bloggers, or bloggers who post infrequently? - 5
5. A blogger's reputation decides whether I read their blogs or not? - 3
1. I decide which blogs to read based on the author? (4) I hate that I do this, but when I'm pressed for time, I definitely give some peoples' blogs higher priority. I'm trying to make enough time in the day to read more blogs, so I can get an idea of how some of the newer bloggers are, and offer some encouragement.
2. There are some bloggers I read everything they post? (5) Mostly the ones who don't post as often, like Oni no Tenshi, and more so when their blogs are consistently good.
3. There are some bloggers I don't read anything they post? (2) I'm trying to change this. There are a few whose blogs usually don't interest me, but I'd like to at least read and offer feedback if it's welcome.
4. I read blogs from new bloggers, or bloggers who post infrequently? (2) Again, something I've been meaning to work on, especially now that I have more time following my 31/31.
5. A blogger's reputation decides whether I read their blogs or not? (4) I try to only let this influence me if it's someone whose writing I usually enjoy; I try not to let not liking someone's writing keep me from reading their next blog.
1. I'd have to say 4. Just like I read novels from on author more than another due to writings styles, content, etc., the same goes for bloggers. I like some authors' writing styles and general topics more than others. Obviously I don't stick to only reading from certain people, however.
2. Again, 4. I have a few favorite bloggers, and when I'm aware of a blog they've written then I certainly try to make a point to read it. Unless it's about a topic I have no interest in.
3. 5. I'm unapologetic about this one. I don't presume to write blogs that everyone loves, and I'm sure I have a voice that grates on some people. I never avoid an author without personal experience, but if I've read several blogs from a certain blogger and I've found they consistently write with a style, voice, or content that I find grating I won't read it unless I see something that particularly catches my eye.
4. Definitely 5. Not only do some of my favorite bloggers post infrequently, but I like to give new bloggers a chance. I'm fairly new myself, and I know how important it is to be welcomed.
5. 3. I honestly can't think of what you mean by a "reputation." I don't know of any reputations around here. I generally keep out of that in general, though.
1. I decide which blogs to read based on the author: 4
2. There are some bloggers I read everything they post: 4
3. There are some bloggers I don't read anything they post: 3
4. I read blogs from new bloggers, or bloggers who post infrequently: 3
5. A blogger's reputation decides whether I read their blogs or not: 2
Being familiar with the GIO member certainly helps. There are a few people here that I've gotten to know really well and even consider them friends, and I read most of what they post. I can't think of anyone here that I completely ignore. If I'm interested in a post, I'll read it whether I know the member or not.
1:(3) Really doesn't matter for me.
2:(4) I think I probably read most of what some people I like post. So this would probably be more a 4 for me.
3:(3) I really don't care that much.
4:(3) I read what pops up at the current time that I am looking at the blog section and whatever interests me.
5:(3) Again, don't really care too much about this.
Okay, another week and another great turnout for the last set of questions. I thank everybody for their support and contributions...this week, we take a look at format and the role it plays on whether you read a blog or not.
1. Length of a blog influences whether I read a blog or not?
2. Pictures influence whether I read a blog or not?
3. Font size and/or color influence whether I read a blog or not?
4. Grammar and Spelling influence whether I read a blog or not?
5. Sentence and paragraph structure influence whether I read a blog or not?
1 – Strongly Disagree
2 – Somewhat Disagree
3 – N/A or Neutral
4 – Somewhat Agree
5 – Strongly Agree
1: (2) The length of a blog does not influence what I read at all. Of course, I always appreciate well-thought out blogs, but that thought can be presented in a variety of different ways, some blogs just being shorter than others.
2: (3) I'm neutral on this. All I know is that I really want to be able to load pictures onto my blogs. Someone told me a way to do this, so I'll have to try it out and see if it works.
3: (3) I'm okay with pretty much any font.
4: (4) Okay, this one is pretty big. If a blog's preview has badly misspelt words and bad grammar, then I probably won't be reading it. If it's interesting enough in concept, then sure, I'll give it a look, but for the most part, egregious errors in spelling and grammar will make me look at other blogs.
5: (4) This is a big one to me as well. A blog needs to be visually appealing, and this is something that I myself am working on as well. When I load my blogs from a word document, everything looks great, but when it gets onto the GI editor tools, it goes all haywire. I'm still tinkering with this, and hope to have my future blogs look better.
1. (3) While I dislike novel-length blogs, if the topic is compelling, I'll read it. I strongly dislike the extremely short blogs. I've seen "blogs" that were a few sentences long. Things like that do nothing but take up space.
2. (1) Images don't matter at all to me. I sometimes don't use any. I feel that most blogs use images just to draw readers in, or use them just to use them without having a real purpose for them. They serve a purpose, but I think its an optional one.
3. (5) If I click a blog and its got rainbow text with varying text types and such, you can bet I'm clicking the Back button.
4. (4) Spelling is an issue, as is grammar and such. There's tools that check those things and fix them for you, so there's no real excuse. I know I commit spelling errors, but there's no spellcheck on my blogging method, but even then, I try to catch all I can. Bad spelling/grammar shows an unprepared blog.
5. (4) I think my answer to number 4 applies here as well.
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1 -- (5) Yes, because I have only so much time right now to read articles online. Sometimes I only get the chance to take a glance at other people's posts. It doesn't help that, whether or not I read it, most bloggers won't reply to comments, something I try to do usually at the end of the day whenever I've posted a new blog.
2 -- (4) It can add to the experience if done right.
3 -- (5) I want to read text, not graffiti. So many new bloggers these days make their profiles and blogs be like Viva Pinata and it actually hurts my eyes.
4 -- (5) This is a written format. If you can't write in English, and aren't willing to take the time to at least fix your biggest errors in a post, then either need to take more time or be prepared for less people to read.
5 -- (5) I don't like blobs of text. I hate it when comments get turned into blobs by GIO's formatting. Honestly, I most prefer just plain text in the original font the site provides put into paragraphs with pictures in between. It demands little of the author style wise but gives plenty of room for experimentation.
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1. (2) Somewhat Disagree. For the most part, a blog's length in and of itself doesn't really influence me, so long as the content is interesting and well-presented. If it just feels too wordy or long-winded, though, I have to admit that I may start to lose interest. But seeing as how I've posted a number of 2000+ word monster-blogs myself, I do try my best to be patient. ;)
2. (4) Somewhat agree. My eyes tend to gloss over posts without a featured image, and even though I do read blogs without images, I would generally much prefer it if they did have images. Images are not only useful as visual aids; to me, they actually make a blog easier to read by breaking up the text into more easily digestible chunks.
3. (5) Strongly agree. Colored text is a huge turn-off to me. Font is slightly less of an issue, but if it's distinctly different from GIO's standard font/size, chances are it will throw me off as well. In my opinion, the last thing any writer should want is for the text itself to be distracting from what you're trying to say.
4. (4) Somewhat agree. Personally, I am extremely anal about spelling and grammar. But I realize that not everyone is this way, and everyone makes mistakes, so I will generally tolerate a few stray apostrophes and/or misspellings. Too many, though, and it starts to feel like the writer just didn't take the time or effort to make sure their piece was presentable before posting it.
5. (5) Strongly agree. This is sort of similar to my issue with #3, and I think Saturday Morning Replay summed it up well: "A blog needs to be visually appealing." Gigantic paragraphs are hard to read. Smaller, well-constructed paragraphs are essential to both establishing a good sense of pacing and ensuring that the writing flows well when read.
1) Length of a blog influences whether I read a blog or not? - 3
2) Pictures influence whether I read a blog or not? - 1
3) Font size and/or color influence whether I read a blog or not? - 4
4) Grammar and Spelling influence whether I read a blog or not? - 4
5) Sentence and paragraph structure influence whether I read a blog or not? - 4
1. Length of a blog influences whether I read a blog or not?(3) Length doesn't really matter to me all that much. if it's one or two paragraphs, then it'll need to be longer. But I generally don't care if it's long or short.
2. Pictures influence whether I read a blog or not?(2) Pictures are not all that important to me. Sure, a pic here and there can help liven up the blog. but it's not important.
3. Font size and/or color influence whether I read a blog or not?(5) Yes. The default format is a good enough font/size and color. if the text is a little bigger, sure. I'm for that. but if it's too small, freakishly huge, or very colored in, it bothers me just a little bit.
4. Grammar and Spelling influence whether I read a blog or not? (4) yes and no. Yea, it can be an issue. and it's good to have proper spelling and grammar. But sometimes there's always that one or two things that just slips past ya. but if the blog's infested with mistakes, no.
5. Sentence and paragraph structure influence whether I read a blog or not? (5) Agreeing with Jolt and Replay here.
1. Length of a blog influences whether I read a blog or not? (2) I try not to let this affect me, but if I'm pressed for time and I find a blog that's several pages long, I tend to skip it.
2. Pictures influence whether I read a blog or not? (2) Depending on the topic and length. Images are a nice way to break up a blog; they're not necessary, but I'll admit a wall of text can be off-putting.
3. Font size and/or color influence whether I read a blog or not? (1) I don't think I've ever seen a blog with a color/font that's bothered me to the point of skipping it.
4. Grammar and Spelling influence whether I read a blog or not? (2) Only because bloggers with consistently poor spelling and grammer tend to write about topics that don't interest me.
5. Sentence and paragraph structure influence whether I read a blog or not? (2) It's a mild annoyance at most; like the "wall of text" above. It might bother me, but it won't ever be a bigger factor than, say, the topic, or the author.
1.(4) I would say the length does influence me more than I probably would say it does.
2.(3) It really doesn't matter to me if the blog is still written well and made thoughtfully. I prefer pictures but I really don't care.
3.(3) Really don't care much on this one. Only color I hate is white and yellow for blogs.
4.(3) I am a crappy grammar and spelling person myself so this wouldn't bother me too much. I do get annoyed if the blog is unreadable but usually that is not the case.
5.(3) Really doesn't matter too much to me on this one.
Length: 4... The very long or very short tend to turn me off but I've usually read them already at that point so it's not really relevent!
Pictures: 4... I enjoy well placed pics but they're not necessary to me enjoying a blog
Font: 5... Just use the basic editor! Colors especially turn me off. Something about red or yellow font on my backlit screen really strains the eyes!
Grammer/spelling: 5... Particularly if I've noticed the author uses poor wording in the past. Without using names there are a few regular posters who don't seem aware that spell-check exists.
Structure: 3... As long as it fits the story/style I'm indifferent to structure.