Friday, May 20, 2005

Perfecting Your Blog: 5 Suggestions


how to make your blog better Posted by Hello


Is your blog as good as it could possibly be?

If so, then make it impossibly better, now.




Blog enhancement

is an art

based on

detail obsession

and

visions of

benevolent grandeur.



I have a list of improvements

I'd like to make in all my blogs.


Who says blog posts

must have a text format

similar to print media?


Web users and blog readers

are in a big hurry

most of the time.


Web users skim, scan,

and skip online text.


You may have noticed

my deconstructionist

approach to

spacing

and to

text structure.


I want you to

absorb

every

s
i
n
g
l
e


w
o
r
d

of what I say. O V E


Notice how I formed the "L"

from "single word"

and added "ove"

to form L O V E.


All blogging must be

based on compassion

for all sentient beings.


From this benevolence

come the

(9) Blog Core Values.


One of the values

at the heart of blogging

is Creativity.



Creativity is NOT an option.

Creativity is a Blog Core Value.

Creativity is mandatory.



Creativity is the relieving

of a form of suffering

called "boredom".


Benevolence never sides

with boredom.


Two cures for boredom

are mindfulness

and surprise.


Pleasantly surprise readers

with little enhancements

here and there, now and then.



Look at every aspect

of your blog

with the eyes

of a new reader

and the eyes

of a jaded, long-time reader.




Suggestions for Possible
Ways to Perfect
Your Blog:



(1) Writing

Think harder about how you write.


Can you sound less arrogant?

More confident?


Can you break up long sentences

and long paragraphs

into shorter units?


Can you clarify an unclear statement?

Can you add new information?


Who is a terrific blog writer?

Can you use elements of their writing style,

and mix in your own unique personal style?

Imitate and Deviate Simultaneously.


(2) Editing

Feel free to improve

the writing of your posts,

after you've already

published them,

even months later.



Just try not to change the substance.

Try to keep the same basic content.

Just enhance it, tweak it, turn "you are"

into "you're", stuff like that.


(3.) Connectivity


Go back to older posts

and embed links in the text.


Start embedding more links

in current and future posts.


When you have an idea or fact

you want to post about,

do a search on the word or phrase.


Read, and consider linking to,

the best information you find.


(4.) Art/Photos/Illustrations/Cartoons


Consider adding, or beefing up your, visuals.

Can you upload photos to your blog?


Picasa/Hello is free from Blogger,

and after a period of avoiding it,

I learned how to upload images

when I wanted to add photos

to a client's blog.




Acquire image uploading software.

Learn how to use what you

already have...yeah, I'm talking to

you fellow Blogger Blogspotter.


:^)


I rarely see photos of bloggers

actually at their computers blogging.

I've been uploading my own orginal

digital artwork, but I plan to start

uploading photos soon.


(5) Special Features

What add-ons could you incorporate?

I know.

Some "free" add-ons plague you with

pop-up ad proliferation.

But some don't.



You don't want to clutter

your blog with gimmicks

or irrelevant widgets.


But there may be some

things you could add

to enhance your blog.


I recently added
to Blog Core Values:


* Feedburner

* Firefox button

* User Tracker (number of users
online at my blog)

* Feedroll RSS Viewer
for Lockergnome RSS/Atom tips

* Link List of Contributer Posts



Your turn.

I'll shut up now.

What do YOU think
are way to improve a blog?

What do blogs
need to do better?

do more of?

stop doing?


vaspersthegrate [at] yahoo [dot] com Posted by Hello


Post a comment

or

email me YOUR opinion.


vaspersthegrate [at] yahoo [dot] com



Thanks.


:^)



[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate aka Leopold the Told

2 comments:

MARYBETH said...

HI THERE,
HEY, YOU ARE AN ANSWER TO MY BLOG FRUSTRATION, MY BLOG ENVY!
i COULD SURE USE SOME ONE ON ONE BLOG INSTRUCTION. ARE YOU AVAILABLE??
sTOP BY SOON
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steven edward streight said...

Hi Marybeth.

I went to your Deserts blog and posted a comment on how to improve it.

Also, buy: PUBLISHING A BLOG WITH BLOGGER by Elizabeth Castro.

:^)