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Simple Criteria for Eliciting Follows

Following a fellow blogger is a commitment that I take seriously; I have no desire to fill my inbox or Reader feed with material that I will ultimately ignore or delete.

The initial impulse to fuel a follow is based on three simple criteria:

  1. First impressions:  does the blog immediately indicate the focus or purpose of the author?  If I meet up with a mutual interest, or a unique perspective, I am tempted to investigate.
  2. Content:  Is there substance to the post – something that triggers a response and makes me want to continue my perusal?  I can overlook grammar mistakes and shoddy composition, if I think the content is worth while.
  3. About page:  I always check the about page to make sure the author is authentic.  Background or identifying information is not as important as an indicator of commitment – show me passion and motivation.  The about page can make or break my decision to follow.  I won’t be following if I see this:

This is an example of an about page….

Blogging is a powerful platform for communicating ideas that has certainly enriched my life experience.  I am always on the lookout for new connections.

What captures your follow?

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V.J. Knutson

Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.

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