3 ACTS OF BAD BLOGGING

Hi Writers,     
I’m a big fan of blogs, after all, haven’t they essentially leveled the playing field for writers? You don’t need money, connections or a publishing contract to have a blog, what’s not to love.

But since it is a medium that’s so freely available, many would-be writer/ bloggers make the mistake of thinking they can or should publish their every mundane thought.

True, you can. But it’s a terrible idea to think that you should. A good blog can be gold for a writer, but a bad one can be a concrete block strapped to your leg.

And for whatever reason, a lot of otherwise fine writers have an annoying tendency to start their blogs badly. I see the same 3 mistakes popping up over and over again with blogs, all 3 typically found in the lead. If you don’t have a good lead, forget it, they’re not going to read it and they’re probably not coming back.

3 ACTS OF BAD BLOGGING

Advance Warning of Boredom
e.g. “This is kind of boring but blah, blah, blah…” (I’m already asleep)

Making Excuses
e.g. “Well, um, I’m sorry I haven’t written in weeks…” (you lost me at “um”)

Announcing a B*tch Session
e.g. “You wanna know what really bugs me…? (whine, whine to infinity … I’ve already clicked outta here)

Please feel free to add to my worst of list, but no naming names please. Full disclosure: I’m sure I’ve committed many acts of bad blogging right here on “The Writer’s Perspective.” Hey, like you, I’m always trying to get better. That’s one of the reasons we blog isn’t it?

Keep Writing,
Maria 

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11 thoughts on “3 ACTS OF BAD BLOGGING

  1. Charlene

    I think the beauty of a blog is what you make of it.

    For those who want to rant, by all means…rant. For people who want to share knowledge, blogging is a great forum. For others who need to promote, by all means…promote.

    There are some of us who need to do all of these at one time or another, regardless if it is because we are just finding our way through the blogging process, or because we are just being human.

    If this means that some readers have to avert their eyes from a couple of links…so be it. They don’t have to click on any links they don’t want to.

  2. cindy

    Not to bore you with my opinions, and I’m sorry I didn’t post sooner, but what really works my last nerve about blogging is that I’m guilty of all the above offences.

    Ah, well. I’m learning!

    Peace,
    She Who Shall Signoff Nameless and Linkless, Proving That, While Not Perfect, She Is Teachable.

    🙂

  3. Tom

    On a more basic note, poor grammar, spelling, and sentence structure will steer me away from a blog but quick. There is one I read recently that had some interesting content, but I quit reading it because there were just enough problems with the afore-mentioned items to take away from the enjoyment.

  4. mary ulrich

    I’m pretty new to blogs, and I don’t understand why we are often sent to Diggit or some other place to comment. Now I have registrations on Yahoo, Diggit, Hotmail that I don’t really want and I worry about getting spam plus I can never find anything the next time I want to go back and check some information.

    Maria, I can send comments directly to your entry. That just seems safer and easier to follow what others are saying on this one topic.

    That said, I do appreciate links to related websites and blogs. There is some great stuff out there–but I want the choice of taking the side trip.

  5. soly

    Hi Maria! Like you I’m a big fan of blogs. I love reading blogs that make sense. Not only blogs of new writers like me but blogs of well known self-development writers where I can pick up a lesson or two. I make it a point that when I blog, those who stumble on my website will not get bored, but wll find something interesting to discover. Life is wonderful and we can learn from each other. There is so much to be thankful for, so much to appreciate, so much to enjoy! So I say, let’s keep on blogging!

  6. Dorlana Vann

    I just find it unnecessary for bloggers (or webmasters) to announce that their sites are still under construction, that they are still working on them, and/or planning on making them better. Blogs are always changing – They are never ever perfect or complete…

  7. Jon Bard

    Sue,

    You’re assuming that the practice exists only to promote one’s links. Personally, I’ve made it a habit because I actually appreciate when others do it. If I find an insightful post on a blog, my first thought is "hmmm…what else might this person have to teach me?" I’ve discovered countless wise folks out there doing this. It’s quite frustrating when there’s no way to track them down.

    Now, having said that, I hadn’t realized that this blog automatically places URLs with your name for each comment (I assume you don’t have a problem with that?). Had I known that, I would not have put the link in the body of the comment.

    Jon

  8. Sue

    It really bugs me when people sign their comments with names and links. (No offense to those above, it’s just a personal peeve.)

    It’s a comment, not an opportunity to promote your own blog or website. If your comment is interesting or helpful enough, people will click through to your blog. I hate it when people come to my blog and leave a "Me too" type comment with five links, in an attempt to divert traffic to their blog without really engaging in the community.

    Putting your info in every comment just smacks of wanting to cannibalize someone else’s traffic. (Which, um, of course, we all want to do that to an extent, but it’s considered bad form to actively seek it with a link in every comment.) People will either think you’re rude or a blog newbie who doesn’t quite understand basic blog etiquette yet. Or reeeeeally impressed with your own credentials.

    The exception would be if you are linking to a post of your own, that is relevant to the conversation.

  9. Jon Bard

    "I’m normally a big fan of (NAME), but this morning he/she really lost it when talking about…."

    Basically, it says that so and so is OK when he/she agrees with me, but when they don’t they’ve clearly come unglued.

    Instead, how about "The always interesting (NAME) made a point this morning that I don’t particularly agree with, but have a look at it and let’s discuss…."

    A little less petulant. A little more civil.

    All the best,

    Jon Bard
    Managing Editor
    Children’s Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children’s Writers – http://write4kids.com
    The Children’s Writing Web Journal – http://write4kids.com/blog

  10. Rhiannon Bowman

    Amen. Blogging = practice.

    As a journalism student currently studying the importance of good leads, the memory of the many pieces I began with a so-so quote, some obvious bit of information or any one of the examples you listed makes me want to find a cave.

    However, in addition to practice, blogging also allows for easy access to ancient work so we can reflect on areas where we excel as well as areas in need of polish.

    Though reading old posts often makes my cheeks hot, they also help me internalize how far I’ve come and remind me of my weak spots.

    Does this mean I’ve learned all of my lessons? Heck no and whoopsi for that, but I am working hard to be a better writer and blogging is a great, if oft embarrassing, help.

    If nothing else, I’m happy to have the outlet.

    Best,
    Rhi B.

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