Theres a lot of blogs out there on the Web, most of which dont entice one to go back regularly to read updates. What is missing from these on-line journals that would essentially make them good blogs? Well, the answers in life usually come down to simplicities. So lets look at the problem like we were children. Children dont complicate life with miscellaneous information, and when they speak they tell you straight to the point exactly how they feel and think about a subject.
First of all, we should ask the questions, Why do blogs exist? And what are they here for? Well, in an ideal world good blogs would help people connect, sharing knowledge and feelings about issues in life. As they are journals written by individuals we would hope that theyd be readable and open to comment by all other people, not just a select group of friends. The key is speaking in a way that is understandable by the masses, get rid of acronyms and local slang that only few will comprehend. Keep the sentences grammatically simple and generally short and concise.
Try to write in your blog as often as possible because if people enjoy reading your thoughts and ideas theyll want to communicate or at least be filled in regularly on your world. Ask questions, comment on other blogs of similar content, start communities with others youve never met, based on your interests. Keep focused; if your blog is about thoughts on war and peace, keep your thoughts on the latest movie and how hungry you are for somewhere else. The idea is to incite intelligent communication so that in time our collective stockpile of knowledge and wisdom will gradually grow like a tree in fertile soil.
I think of most importance is the fact that you want this journal to be good reading. Of course we all have ideas about what genres and styles we like, but writing from your heart and soul is imperative for the connection with others that youre looking for. Share yourself; dont hide behind walls of fear of ridicule and judgment. In real life relationships trust, respect, intimacy, and unity are all necessary for a bond to form. Its the same in the virtual world; people want to hear from real people-not just one-sided, highly opinionated arguments from egos that dont want to hear the other side of the coin.
Now, in my last article I really tore apart most writers out there, and here Im giving some pretty complex ideas on how to fix the problem of bad writing. In my next article Ill attempt to go back to the simple basics of how to write for beginners. I hope I havent come across as too judgmental, I just truly believe the blog world could become a real asset to humanity, and at the moment its missing the mark.
Ideas about sentence structure, grammar, paragraphing, using a thesaurus (varying terms used so as not to sound repetitive), whether or not your blog is suitable for a personal or professional approach, are all important to creating a simple and enjoyable read for the blogging visitor. If you are a beginner, please check out my next article on the basics.
By Jesse S. Somer
Jesse S. Somer is a concerned human attempting to inform his fellow people of the real possibilities hidden in the Internet.