Gut Rumbles

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.

Give me this one, this one or this one when I want to read some original thought.

They may not have the landslide traffic, but they run damn good blogs.


"The fawning comments alone are enough to make me want to upchuck"

I know that feeling!

Posted by: DaveJ on June 20, 2004 10:48 AM

I know what you mean about some of those blogs. It's pathetic what some people consider read-worthy.
I have found that some of the best ones generate a smaller volume of traffic. Probably because so few people have the stomach for in depth truth and reality.

I haven't been by in a while, glad to see your still running on empty and doing a damn good job of it!

Posted by: wanda on June 20, 2004 03:57 PM

Thank you, darling.

And *Happy* Father's Day. Your day will come.

Posted by: Juliette on June 20, 2004 04:21 PM

I got personality. Hell, I got jock itch, venereal warts, and a bad attitude.

Posted by: bitterman on June 20, 2004 06:30 PM

This is the only redneck blog I bother to read.

Posted by: MildlyDisturbed on June 20, 2004 10:01 PM

Ravenwood's Universe. Now with 50% less jock itch.

Posted by: Ravenwood on June 22, 2004 09:45 PM

You're absolutely right :)

Posted by: Astrantia on January 22, 2005 08:20 AM
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