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Your Blog Gets Me Every Time


Or why I stopped reading your blog.

As a person who occasionally writes a blog, I also like to occasionally read them. But more and more, I find myself reaching for something else these days.

Don’t get me wrong, small, local blogs are still my go-to when I’m looking for a review, the latest drink place, or just beautiful photos of my beautiful city. Plus, most of those are blogs are written by some lovely people who I happen to call my friends, and I enjoy seeing what they’re up to when they’re out and about.

But lately, I’m more likely surfing to FastCo, an industry (advertising) pub or the straight up news. Also, I’m trying this old thing where you step away from all the screens and put a book in front of your face and enjoy that for a while.

However, it’s not just other outlets that are driving me away. So here it is. Why I stopped reading your blog:

  • Your blog’s sponsored posts are the same as the next blogger’s sponsored posts, are the same as the next blogger’s sponsored posts. And they can’t all be genuine, and a lot of the time, it seems like none of them really are. I get it. Certain brands reach out to certain bloggers in order to reach a certain demographic (mine, apparently.) But just because you can say yes, doesn’t mean you should.
  • Your blog feels empty. I love cute pictures of pretty drinks and outfits and decorations just as much as the next girl. Hello, I have a Pinterest account. But that’s just it. I HAVE a Pinterest account. I was reading your blog because I wanted to know about you and your thoughts and your ideas. Where did they all go? 
  • Your blog’s daily posts are just that, “everyday.” Every once and awhile there’s a gem in there somewhere. More often than not, it’s a rehash of your Instagram feed (which I’m already following, by the way), or it’s another list of links (glass houses, I know), or it’s a post about how you haven’t posted in so long* and it goes on forever and forever. (and forever.) 
  • Your blog is riddled with typos and it drives me mad. If it’s so important for you to get that post out right away, please take a few minutes to proofread it. Wait… you don’t want to take the time to read it? Then, tell me — why should I take the time to read it? Do us all a favor and type your post in Microsoft Word. Or copy and paste it into a site like Grammarly. And if you must get the post up and don’t have time to read it… hit publish, read it and if you see a typo, go ahead and fix it.

That’s really all there is to say on the subject. I just had to get it out there. It’s partially because I see how much brands are paying for your blog content and I also see how that blog content is riddled with typos. And how, too often, it’s just not interesting.

So, bloggers. Let’s step up our game. Make your blog worth reading again. If you want readers that is. Or just write for you. Just don’t be upset if I miss the big news about what book you’re reading, the tacos you ate last night or how X brand helped you make mornings better.

*As much as we all wish it were true, no one is sitting by their laptop in the morning to see if you hit publish every day. So who cares if you haven’t posted in SO LONG. Don’t even mention it. Move on. Write something today. And tomorrow. And then stop if you want. (Just please make it worth reading.)

Early Winter Book Report

012015_earlywinterbookreport_kellymcauleyIn December, 2014, I decided that I should be reading more. And in my world “more” means at least a book a month, because I always busy myself reading blogs and news sites, that I haven’t made enough time for books. Actual, real, e-books. So, here’s what I’ve been reading, and a few thoughts on each. Let’s call it my early winter book report (when’s the last time you wrote a book report?!)

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Truth. I had never read this one. But I’m glad I did. Vonnegut is a literary master, of course. Bonus, short chapters keep this story moving. Double bonus, it’s in the Kindle Prime library, which means I didn’t have to buy it, or borrow it from someone, or go to the library or a computer or anything.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
By chance, I was talking with my sister-in-law about what she was currently reading and it happened that we were both reading this book and at about the same point. Again, short chapters keep it moving. The book also jumps from character to character and this murder mystery had me guessing—about who was going to be murdered AND who did it. I’d be up for reading more by Moriarty.

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
The entire time I was reading this book I was shaking my head “yes, yes, yes.” I don’t have any quotables for you but this book fit nicely in my fiction/non-fiction/fiction line-up that I’m trying to do. It was nothing new, but it was a quick read, so it wasn’t time wasted.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
Ferris is one of my favorite authors. His writing style captures my attention and entices me to keep reading. He first caught my eye with a book about an advertising agency (And then we came to the end) and he continues to delight in this book about a New York dentist with an online identity crisis.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Again, this fit in my fiction/non-fiction plan I have going. Again, I found myself nodding along and thinking I could incorporate some of the author’s creative-work strategies into my everyday.

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
I’m thinking I must have a short attention span, because if it’s not short chapters, it’s short stories. This collection of Hempel’s work is a great train read because you can pick it up and put it down in between short stories. Not only that but it’s full of thoughtful yet lighthearted takes on real life.


Next up include some of the books from this list along with Nick Horby’s new release, Funny Girl (due in February), The Boston Girl and Creative ConfidenceI’ve got a virtual stack of other books I’d like to make it through over on GoodReads, but I’m open to suggestions too (Leave some in the comments, please!) And speaking of GoodReads, are we “friends” over there yet? I’d love to peek at your bookshelves and see what I should check out.

Choosing What To Read Gets Me Every Time

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I love to read. I wish I dedicated more time to it. I like to read magazines, books, newspapers, websites and, of course, blogs. Many times, though, I struggle to keep up. My feedly account is constantly overflowing. My email inbox has subfolders of newsletters and deals and more. My Amazon book wish list is a mile long. And I constantly swipe mags from work that I end up recycling.

How do you keep up? I need to know. How do you prioritize what to read?

Here are the blogs I’m currently obsessing over, in case you were wondering:
Yes And Yes
The Every Girl
The Happiness Project
&Jess Lively’s podcast (I listen while commuting)
And, of course, internet faves, Design Sponge & Design Love Fest

Your turn. What are you reading that I should read? What blogs are on your must read list? AND, how do you prioritize it all. Tell me.