I like informative and entertaining, NOT chatty, not too eclectic and a mix between business and warm and fuzzy.
NO to lots of photos. Blog rolls are better if they don't include every blog they've ever visited (although personally mine has lots of blogs because I feel guilty not including some, but it only shows 5 unless you click the button). I don't like too many sidebar badges unless they are a scrolling blogroll of buttons, those aren't so bad. But if your sidebars go 5 pages past your content, it's too much.
That could totally explain why I have so few regular readers and commenters.
I tend to think of good blogging as a conversation, and want to hear as much as I can from the bloggers I read or the commenters who drop by my own blog. Yet I can see why, where the latter are concerned, a lack of interest in my topic of the day means that I've been long-winded and tiresome rather than conversational and engaging.
Ditto on the good blogging as conversation. I'm not necessary interested in reviews-- I like to feel like I'm having a chat with a kindred spirit bookworm who shares interesting perspectives that I hadn't considered. Minds are so fascinating!
I enjoy your blog and haven't found anything to long or tiresome. It seems innovative and interesting to me--- I don't always have time to leave comments but I will try and do better.
I like a very clean look to a blog, one where it is easy to find tags, links, etc. I think mine is quite plain - easy to maintain and keeps the focus on the content which, to me, is the "star" of the blog! You can check it out at http://2manybooks2littletime.wordpress.com.
Regarding the writing style, I like a personal tone that tells me something about the person writing the blog. Not necessarily "chatty," but not professorial or too business-like. I also like blogs with a clear focus. My blog is about books and reading - but not necessarily only book reviews. I like to explore other areas of readership such as awards, controversial topics such as e-readers, etc.
I tend to like the "clean" look as well--the more white (empty) space, the better, because it breaks up the text without having a million badges scattered throughout. Yours is very nice--calming vs. stimulating, if that makes any sense.
You can count me in as one who does not like to hear music or see numerous blinking scrolling things go by. It gives me a headache. I also do not want to read ads for non literary items. My biggest pet peeve is miniscule print or very dark backgrounds with text that is only a shade lighter making it nigh to impossible to read. I take one look and if I find it difficult to see, I'm outta there baby. . . in a heartbeat!
Don't even get me started on word verification!! Okay, I realize I am a crabby old fogey but, hey, you asked.