Maybe I should call today's post Blog Buggled. There are certain things I find on blogs that I kind of wonder about, and in some cases am somewhat annoyed by. I want to be careful here because I don't want to offend any of my friends and regular readers, but for the most part what I'm talking about doesn't apply to you anyway.
There are certain blogs that kind of bug me. There are certain things that some other bloggers do that I think they could do better. And there are some blog things that some site operators could fix to make their sites better. I pose all of this not to be unconstructively critical, but mostly to gain insight as to how I can make my blogging experience work better for me and how to make my blog better for you.
I have no doubt that some readers are annoyed by or even extremely dislike my blog. Most or all of those will probably not see this post, but if you are reading this and fit one of the categories to which I just referred I would like your suggestions as to what you think I could do to make this blog work better. Even if you are a regular reader and kind of like what I do here please feel free to give me your input about what you think I could do differently. Honestly, I won't be offended and would highly welcome any suggestions you might like to make---I would consider your input a compliment in that you are taking enough interest to help me become better.
So this brings me to my first issue--blog length. I try to make each post about a thousand words long. Sometimes I will shoot for shorter, but I try not to go much longer. There are a few gifted blog authors from whom I will tolerate a fairly long post. If a blog post is really long, then I hope it is really interesting. Complex or technical posts can become pretty difficult to stay with in blog context and sometimes when I get to a post like this I might have to back out and move on to something else. There are plenty of exceptions to this, but generally speaking a really long blog post doesn't work well for me.
Likewise, a really short post can be kind of a waste of time. A question, a writing prompt, a pertinent announcement, or something that is thought-provoking can be cool. However, just to post that you couldn't think of anything to post is, well, why did you even have to bother telling us. As a writer you should probably be able to come up with all sorts of ideas. I don't think I would want to announce that I'm not creative. If you can't say anything, then don't say anything.
And what's the deal with the pity party blogs. Okay, so you're not feeling well--go ahead and mention it and then turn it into something relevant to that post. Do we really need to have blogs where the whole purpose post after post is to tell us how bad your life is, how bad you feel, how sick you are, or any other continuous thread of negativity where the world never gets better. Who wants to hear about that? A lot of people I guess because some of those blog have a lot of followers and get a lot of sympathetic comments on every post. Well, not me. I've started following a few of these negative blogs and had to drop them after a while because they really started bumming me out. Those blogs bug me. I want to be uplifted, enlightened, or entertained by the things I spend my time reading.
These are a few of the blogging approaches that kind of bug me. I'll look at some more in future Blog Boggled posts. What do you think? Am I being unfair? Do you agree? Does my blog cover too much territory or do you like to see variety in a blog? In your opinion, what makes an exceptionally good blog and what makes a blog bad?