* Don't take risks. Some of my most viewed posts are ones that I was scared to publish! Sometimes it pays off to put yourself out there!
* Blog about what everyone else is blogging about. If I see a post similar to ones I've already read, I'll just skip that in my Bloglovin' feed...like by now I already own Naked 3, have seen a million reviews, and probably won't read anything else on it unless someone posts an amazing tutorial.
* Fall into a routine. I am guilty of this--I'll post my Weekly Wrap Up on Monday, Confess with Kathy on Wednesday, and then usually do another sort of link up. While I obviously enjoy link ups, I realized that I also need to keep on publishing original posts here and there to change it up a bit. I don't want to read a blog that is nothing but link ups, do you?
* Don't use graphics. Again, I have published a few posts with no graphics, but I do usually try to include at least one. If a photo catches my eye on my Bloglovin' feed, I'll open up the post and give it a read, but if there isn't even a photo, I might just skip over it. For this post, I do not have an appropriate photo from my collection, so I went over to PicMonkey to make a simple graphic. Also, graphics help break up all that text--readers might lose interest reading paragraph after paragraph with no visuals.
* Using too many graphics aka photo dumping. I don't mind looking at a lot of photos, but I want to know what I'm seeing! Pictures are important, but so is the content--it's about finding the right balance.
* Blog about the same thing over and over. This one is self-explanatory...If you've already read a post by someone, why would you want to read a post that is pretty much the same exact thing a week later?
* Write a ton of sponsored posts. If I see some sponsored posts on a blog, I won't immediately stop reading, but if a blogger goes overboard with them, I get bored and also take what they have to say less seriously. Also, if I am not interested in a product, I'll probably just quit reading.
* Post about things the majority of the population cannot relate to or afford. When I see outfit posts that only consist of designer labels or wish lists of all very unreasonably priced items, I am not intrigued, though if I were rich I might be. Most of us are on budgets...we have loans to pay off, car and house payments, or families to think about. Of course I splurge once in awhile like everyone else, but it's no fun reading about things you can't have again and again!
* Post for the sake of posting. I have definitely done this...Like a few times I had a really boring week, but then I still had to host the Weekly Wrap Up, so I basically posted when I probably wouldn't have otherwise. I do love hosting the Weekly Wrap Up, but a couple of times I just was scrambling to find stuff to write about because I didn't do anything fun, which brings me to my next point...
* Write posts about how you've done nothing and are bored. Writing about doing nothing and being bored is, you guessed it, boring to read about!
* Don't ever interact with your readers. Part of why I love reading certain blogs is because of the connections I've made with the bloggers themselves! I (don't always) but TRY to comment back and visit other people's blogs if they comment on mine. I will also check out links left in my comments section. I also reply to everyone's comment on my blog and sometimes by e-mail, though I'll admit I don't do that as often as I should.
A lot of these points were derived by looking at my own blog through a critical lens. I'm always looking to make improvements! What do you think makes a blog boring to read?