Sunday, June 05, 2005

How To Ruin a Blog







1. DRIVEL.

Fill blog with mundane details in dense blocks of text. Bore readers with bland descriptions, private confessions, and other things no one likes listening to, unless it's really witty, funny, or well-expressed.



2. TRIVIA.

Fill blog with irrevelant information.



3. ERRORS.

Fill blog with bad information.



4. NARCISSISM.

Imagine that readers "like" you, so they'll gobble up anything you vacantly slop at them.



5. FALSE TRANSPARENCY.

Imagine that transparency means revealing sensitive, private, financial, medical, family, children, employer, or other intimate details indiscriminately.



6. UNI-LATERALISM.

Disable comments, and provide no web feedback form, not due to comment spam problems, but because you don't want to hear opposing viewpoints, corrections, suggestions, or critiques.



7. INCOGNITO DISGUISE.

Be anonymous, which makes you aloof, disconnected, dubious, untrustworthy, clandestine, suspicious.



8. SLOPPY.

While not meaning to be anonymous, still failing to provide upfront contact, bio, or about information.



9. ALOOF.

Avoid interacting with other bloggers.



10. LAZY.

Refrain from quickly and generously posting thoughtful responses to blog comments within the comment threads.



11. BAD FONT.

Hard to read typeface.



12. POOR DESIGN

Ugly, dull, dysfunctional or amateurish design.



13. CLINKING.

Link only to your friends and allies ("clinking" clique/cult linking).



14. HARD SELL.

Hype hype hype your own or sponsor products, downloads, merchandise.



15. TOOLING.

Use blog as poor content/high huckstering tool drive traffic to other sites, your own or sponsor sites.



16. THIN SKINNED.

Feel offended with, and attempt to forbid or censor, disagreements or contrary opinions, as expressed in emails or comments.



17. DETRIMENTAL APATHY.

Fail to remove comment spam on your blog.



18. NON-RECIPROCATING COMMENT ACCUMULATION.

Refrain from reciprocal commenting: if another blogger posts a comment on your blog, ignore him or her and don't return the favor of posting a comment on their blog. You're "too busy" to do that.





Defend Blogs from Political Censorship






[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate

2 comments:

Yawn said...

On the contrary- I think you're providing a definition of a blog rather than a "What-not-to-do-list." If a blog weren't all or at least some of theses things, it would be something else. Like a website, a newspaper, or some other PR tool.

steven edward streight said...

Yawn: thanks for your outspokeness. I respect that.

Sadly, you're correct. This "list of what not to do" is in *some* respects a description of what many blogs are like...which is why I made this list.

Look carefully at each point. Surely no one would advocate practicing each point, in the name of creative "liberty"?

Not even conventional web sites or newspapers, or other legit PR tools commit all these errors or indecencies.

Good reply, shows somebody out there is thinking deeply about these vital issues.

Thanks Yawn.

:^)