You know that saying right? "Don't judge a book by it's cover, it's what's inside that counts". Sage words, but hard to follow. With so many books out there, the cover art is a quick and easy way to pick a book. I do it- I see a cover I like and I'll pick it up, see what the jacket says, see if the interest that the cover generated extends to the description. Of course, if the jacket fails to keep my attention the book goes back. I wouldn't buy a book based solely on the cover, but I won't deny that the cover is what pulls me in initially. I've been perusing alot of blogs lately- participating in memes, looking for new books to add to my to-read list and getting ideas for new authors to check out. I've come to find, that first blush way of picking books seems to extend to the way I look at blogs.
Like books, blogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are minimilist, giving you the facts and nothing but the facts. Some are works of arts, combining their reviews with music, art and high quality design. Some, like mine I'd argue, are somewhere in the middle- a premade background, a banner that was cobbed together by the blogger and a hodgepodge of information- aimed mostly to entertain the author of the blog. I'd have to argue that that first glance you get when you open a blog really affects whether you read on or not. I've closed many blogs without even reading what they have to say, simply because the layout and design didn't catch my attention. Totally unfair probably, but completely true.
Why do we do that? I'm probably missing a ton of good blogs just because the design didn't appeal to me. I should try to break that habit. What about you guys, anyone else make the msitake of judging a blog (or a book) by it's cover?