Recently I found a link-up of new to me blogs, so I checked them out to see if I wanted to follow any. Since there were over 90 blogs, I had to make quick decisions on whether or not to add them to my Bloglovin' feed. I found myself a little harsh with my quicksnap judgements, but better I don't follow now than have to unfollow later.
No new posts within the past few months? Next!
Not in English? That one's easy because I can only read English, so next!
Flashing or sparkly background? Hard to read color scheme? Next!
Auto-play music? People still do that? Next!
Confusing or cluttered layout so I can't tell where your most recent posts are? Next!
Nothing but cover reveals or book blasts? I want at least some original material, so next!
All condensed posts so I have to hit "Read more" to see what they're about? And some of the ones I found only had part of a giant picture and no post! Stop making me work so hard! I can understand condensing older posts, but maybe have the latest one fully fleshed out? Next!
Odd post titles so I have no clue what they're about? Again, stop making me work so hard. Next!
Nothing on your site but a genre I don't read? No offense, but not gonna follow.
Have a review on one of my favorite authors? Automatic follow and I love you!
Pop-up ads that won't stop popping up? Why do you want to annoy your readers that way? Next!
Giant headers or post images that take up half the page are annoying, but not a deal-breaker if your content is good. Giant font, on the other hand, IS! File this one under Terri's Odd Quirks.
Oddly enough, the Adult Blog warning didn't deter me. I follow a few so-called "adult" blogs that are well written with wide ranging tastes, so didn't want to miss out on a hidden gem.
Out of the 90+ blogs I checked, I wound up following only six. Was I too harsh or quick to judge? What are some of your automatic follow/don't follow requirements?