Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pearls Of Wisdom

Thanks to Righteous Bubba for his suggestions on running a great blog. I'd like to add a few of my own.

Tip #1: Shower Regularly

No matter how interesting your posts, people don't want to read a blog that smells. Consider those offering the enticing aromas of lilac, cookies, emu, and even bratwurst. Those are people you want to visit over and over. On the other hand, think of those on-line communities you avoid because of the stench (nothing personal, Powerline).

Tip #2: Use a Written Language

While clicks and whistles work perfectly well in face-to-face conversation, they do not form a sound foundation for a blog. How many Hendo-language blogs are listed in Technorati's top 100? And pick a language with staying power. Chinese and English are good choices, Esperanto and Morse code less so.

Tip #3: Look For The Union Label

Some blogs off-shore their content manufacturing. But look at the result; posts that are boring and incoherent, the result of having been created by eight-year-old children in dim Marianas Island sweatshops. While that may be good enough for Instapundit, you want to aim higher than that. Befouled proudly uses only union-made posts.

Tip #4: Employ a Recurring Theme

Some bloggers have a general overarching motif. Alicublog is a witty, well-read New Yorker who discusses politics and culture. The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler is crazy. In each case, their respective audiences get what they expect.

Other bloggers simply have an on-going riff they employ. For example, Atrios likes to name the Wanker of the Day. Jonah Goldberg prefers to be the Wanker of the Day. Whatever approach you take, the key is to find your strength and stay with it.

Tip #5: Make Your Blog Pop!

Nobody wants to read a bunch of boring old words set in a boring old typeface. Take the effort to provide some visual interest!!!!!!!!!LOL-;)SNAP@:(

Tip #6: Make the Moose Your Friend

When it comes to moose, more is better.


Anonymous said...

Tip #5 is especially important but the tyranny of blogger prevents m from implementing it in this comment.

Chuckles said...

I prefer stream of unconsciousness.

Anonymous said...

Snag- master of all lilacs...

Our giant lilac is just starting to bloom. It is on the same side of the house as my computer... which is right by the window... I'm now being DELUGED with lilac scent. No wonder people can smell it on my blog.

Oh well, you could have chosen any number of other scents so I guess I should be grateful.