I've been pondering this question recently, as I've noticed my reading trends circle more and more tightly around two main components, which I've detailed below. I'm not proclaiming these as mandatory requirements to capture my interest, nor am I necessarily proud that these are what snag me into the boat, hook, line, and sinker, but there's no denying anymore that I gravitate towards specific bloggers.
1). Faith // Photography // Writing Ability // Connection*
I've lumped these categories together, because even if a blogger is lacking one I generally stick around to find out if I am ultimately compelled enough to become invested. On the other hand, if their is no connection, but all other components are there, I usually continue to read, waiting for the connection.
*Generally, if I have a personal connection to the blogger, I will return
regardless of their writing ability, point and shoot photos, or
profession of faith.
3). Whether they have a boy in their family.
This is the one that I'm kind of annoyed with myself about, but it's really the lynch pin to reading new blogs. Certainly, if we are personal friends or established blogging buddies, I harbor no ill will and love you no less if you do not have a male offspring, but if we don't have that history . . . it's been a lot more difficult for me to warm up to new blogs without a boy. This is most certain if they're missing the majority of those necessitated in #1.
So, I'm wondering, do you feel the same? What key attributes succeed in pulling you back repeatedly? And if you're a mother, do you find yourself more attached to blogs of families similar in nature to the make up of your own, including if you have both boys and girls?