Blogs seem to be some sort of self help really and after all my university units on the internet nothings seems sacred so hey-yooo Ive jumped on the bandwagon.
A lot of people feel blogs are a way of them expressing their deepest thoughts without being judged. THIS IS A LIE. you are being judged maybe even more so in real life as people on this thing don't know you they can't see you or the matter of your makeup that stands before them, similar to when they meet someone in person or even a stranger who walks by. You could decorate your profile in fluorescent pink with flowers and rainbows but in real life be suicidal and into heavy metal. The appearance of your blog doesn't have to reflect the real you but that just means the fake you is being judged instead.
Its human instinct to judge on appearances, you don't need to be a professor to know this. You see red you feel anger or passion, you see yellow you feel happy, black-darkness, green-envy or nature (although green can tend to have a calming affect as well). It even comes down to the simple choice of font, italics, bold, sans serifs, serifs, whether you choose to colour your font or centre it, it all changes the way people look at your blog. So the way i see it every little decision to be made on a blog adds one more thing to be judged. By saying this if blogs were to be plain black and white without pictures or formatting, you will still be judged, AS BEING BORING! or maybe creating the presumption you are writing a serious blog?
Remaining anonymous doesnt help either, it rather builds a false sense of sercurity. "they don't know who I am therefore opinions formed are based solely on what I write" this is true, but an person looking to read indie blogs will look for things such as abstract alternative layouts, or bloggers with common interest or photographs and/or entries on things they find interesting.
I myself judge blogs according to first appearances. If I click to a blog with a boring title, I won't read it. if I click to a blog with a layout with things everywhere and more colours than a rainbow, I won't read it. People read blogs to be informed and by choosing which blogs they do and don't read you are being judgemental.
By saying this my blog is black, I am not emo, or full of hate (which may well have been assumed from the above), I simply chose black as I'm new and yet to change it to something more suiting and I find black to be a more interesting choice than white or some generic colour palette made available to everyone. But judge away bloggers and see if anyone chooses to read this to prove my point :)