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More Thoughts on Blogging

April 14th, 2009

A couple more factors that have shaped my blog subscriptions.

Content matters, design doesn’t: Subscribers read your blog through RSS readers. Content is key, twitter widgets, plug-ins, and badges are self serving – they matter more to the blogger than their audience. If readers desire a more granular need-to-know-you level of information, then chances are that they already stalking you. If you’re a graphic designer then aesthetics do matter.

Debriefings on local events without a unique personal voice are lame (actually, anything without a personal voice is lame): Most subscribers skim, they seek out information and move on. Well written articles with a unique personal voice continue to draw me in. Information about the number of people who showed up, what you ate, or the decor of the venue are minor details. Seriously, I’ll email you if I’m interested.

Subjectivity is interesting: Reading / writing / learning is about considering alternative views and new opinions, there’s always a degree of subjectivity – nothing is absolute.

Some authors are always right, which is always wrong: A blogger’s blog is their domain, but it’s distasteful when an author defends their posts in an attempt to save face (to appear right all the time). Sharing opinions publicly is about collaboration, and validation, not being right or wrong.

Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Musings, Personal Tags:
  1. April 13th, 2009 at 16:10 | #1

    Having a blog post regularly is also crucial. Getting people used to you posting once a week or something at the least.

  2. Adam Kahtava
    April 13th, 2009 at 16:10 | #2

    Great point.

    For the next month I’m going to produce a post per week.

    Thanks! Point taken… :)

  3. April 14th, 2009 at 16:11 | #3

    Great points Adam (and David). I am also trying to get back into the swing of things. I am coming up on three years of bloggging, so there has to be hills and valleys, right?

    I agree and disagree with your points on design/widgets/etc. While I agree it is self-serving, more often than not, I find that when I use a poor design it can cripple my imagination. I get the feeling like I am boxed in and then I stop posting. So while it’s generally not important to users (hopefully it’s easy to use), it is important to authors—or at least this author.

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