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You blog. I blog. We all blog.

Who has it down pat? Well no-one actually.

Some blogs are just better than others.

Recently - well of course recently seeing as my grand time as an Evoke member does not even total 48 hours - I have been reading a great many blogs by all of you. You never fail to amaze me. However, I find myself in despair over well. . . the sensitive topic of how to write a blog. Or anything really.

Will anyone read anything that you or I writes? Or shall our work dissappear into cyberspace, destined to be lost forever? Only one thing determins that. Your writing style.

I am not saying my blogs are any better than yours. In fact my blogs probably aren't.

But it gets to me when I see a blog with an amazingly interesting topic; but I just cannot get into it. So I have decided to list some things to look out for for any future blogging.

1. Title. Blogs called 'No Title' just do not grab attention. Give yours a title - that way people will get some sort of idea about what the content is. There could potentially be millions of people out there who are interested in your ideas but miss them because your blog doesn't stand out.

2. We are not all rocket scientists. You need to make sure people know what you are talking about. Not everyone that is reading your blog will know all the special terms. Make sure your blog is therefore noob-friendly.

3. However, we are not babies either. Make sure you are in no way patronising. It's just rude and can become amazingly tiresome.

4. Not everyone has the time or energy to read ten thousand words about a single topic. The size has to be reasonable. Talk to lond and the audience loses interest, or is just unwilling to read further.

5. Too short means not enough information. Make sure your article is not amazingly short; one still needs information and, space to express ideas and opinions.

6. Make sure your blogs are clear. User-friendly. I often have trouble reading when the font size (and underlining, bolds and italics) change every sentence or two. People should not have to read everything twice.

7. Good luck. ily all.

So yeah, thanks for listening. Good luck and have fun blogging ^^

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Comment by Alex Stovell on March 28, 2010 at 9:03am
Hey Amber, these are all great points. Like anything, it is a balance between many factors that makes a great blog post. I would add only that a picture (at the top) can also help in getting people's attention and in conveying your message (like in my 'Life is Dance Floor' post for example). This also helps to engage different people - some are naturally drawn to words, others images.
Comment by Bongumusa on March 28, 2010 at 12:15pm
We actually know about how to blog. But in every start, we start with doubtfulness and clueless, as we go along, we all find a way about How to do it and make it.
Comment by Jan Lampe on March 28, 2010 at 1:01pm
amber, thats a good post, but from a personal point of view, i disagree with you on the length thing. some things just have to be explained thoroughly. while the posts i put the most work into usually get the least attention, id rather enlighten 5 people just a little than not enlighten 25 at all, so its a matter of what you wish to achieve.

still, this post is probably really important for all of evoke, if you want to i can put it up on the changing mindset series (and id like that)
Comment by Greg Stevenson on April 8, 2010 at 5:57am
Not all bloggers primary motivation is to inform others. I find much of my blogging has more to do with consolidating and filing my ideas as it is with communication. At times I don't give the wh*** story because I'd like to see if comments come back with similar thought processes as mine.
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 11, 2010 at 6:42pm
+1 spark. Who knows Maybe you will revolutionize blofgging!

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