Since I’ve been hacking away at this seemingly purposeless activity we’ve come to know as “blogging,” I’ve come across thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of blogs, many of which I skim to see if they have any features I think cool, others I bookmark to occasionally read and still others to which I link.
A couple of services cycle through blogs, allowing users to see scores of creations on every topic imaginable. Alpha Inventions is one of these, as is Condron US. When signed in, users can get a good feel for what else is out there, as well as enter his or her blog so others will see it. In that regard, they generate traffic and interest. To me, Alpha seems to be the one that brings in the most traffic but to get the most out of it, you must subscribe ($10/mo), so there’s that. Conrdon US is free. Alpha’s free option starts strong but dwindles until you cough up the monthly fee.
The point of this post isn’t that. As I read countless blogs, I find many I admire but many more I that are monumentally bad or could be good, if their creators weren’t such.
Since time is the one thing that life can’t give back to us, I feel one must divine some mechanism through which time won’t be devoted to the lesser efforts. I’m developing a system. It may seem superficial to some but if you respond, I’ll consider your thoughts and incorporate them if I agree.
- The first rule I intend to follow regards Blog Titles. I feel a masthead should be given careful thought. It should encapsulate the thematic tone of the work. Using as little copy as possible, it should inform, tease and attract readers, while disclosing something about the writer(s). Typos are forgivable, improper grammar is not.
- I skip any blog that contains certain words or syllables in its masthead: “Musings,” “Ramblings,” “My,” “How To,” “Max,” “Liberty,” “Red,” “Information,” “Security,” “Resources,” “Cosmic,” “Gossip,” “Tree of Life,” “Freedom,” “Libertarian,” “Stock Market,” “Insomniac,” “Cosmetics,” “Face Place,” “Wrinkle,” “Stylings,” “Dream,” Death,” “Storm,” “white,” “Supreme,” “Happiness,” “Trading,” “Celebrity,” “Celeb,” “Livin’,” “Tales,” “Rants,” any song title, “Postcard,” “Broadway,””Blog,” “Web Log'” “Life `n Times,” “Chronicle” and “Dispatch.” There are many others–feel free to add your own.
- I avoid blogs with pet pictures, needlepoint, conservative pundits, fundamentalist evangelical Christians, religious zealots, white supremacists, “hate” in general, demeaning jokes, dating, sex and diaries. I don’t care how old you are, who you have sex with, how often, for how long and in what positions. I’d sooner read you if you have some great recipes, especially for soup. Soup is good food.
- I’m not much on family reunions and tend to not want to read about them, unless the families are incredible in some way: say Amish furniture makers hooked up with a troupe of circus aerialists or a trailer park community owned by home schoolers who have intermarried to comprise the entire park. They change classes, backpacks bobbing from trailer to trailer. Their family tree appears to have far more roots than branches but boy, what a “pot luck”.
Blogging should be a no-holds-barred, democratic activity. But such blogs, I choose to skip. There are many more guidelines to cite but just like you, I’m ’bout out of gas on this. However, should you want to add or qualify my selection criteria in any way, please be my guest! Because as cool as blogging can be, it can also be incredibly annoying.