June 20, 2004
what makes a good blog?
I am in a philosophical mood this morning, which means that I don't like watching my face peel off. That's just ugly.
I didn't feel like writing, so I cruised the blogroll to read OTHER people. I realized that I've met quite a few of those writers, and I've seldom been surprised by the way they behave in person. I think a good blog reflects the true beliefs of the of the individual behind it. If you read them, you feel as if you know the person, even if you've never met them.
A good blog has style and panache. Anybody can post links and echo what other people write, but a good blog has PERSONALITY. The writer, the individual, shines through IN THE WORDS. And if you ever meet that person, you'll discover that what you see is what you get. I like honest blogs.
I don't know what makes some blogs more popular than others. I've seen a lot of them that generate a landslide of traffic, but they leave me cold. Bejus! The fawning comments alone are enough to make me want to upchuck, especially when I believe that the writer is incompetent, full of shit, or both.
Some of those people remind me of hustling Baptist ministers, who grow a flock through good advertising and threats of damnation. They preach THE WORD and their minions listen. Reading them is a lot like reading the New York Times. It's the same bullshit every day.
They may not have the landslide traffic, but they run damn good blogs.
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