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Thursday, March 30, 2006

A Good Blog?

Okay, you folks were terrific about sharing your POVs on what you like when you go to web pages. What about blogs? What do you look for when you take a peek at the all-important Web Log ((insert echo here))? What makes you come back for more?

(Really just curious; the topic came up on Backspace.)

Back to unpacking boxes...and EEK, waiting for a plumber to fix our first leak...


At 5:45 PM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Frankly, I think there are enough blogs out there that cover the writing industry. What I'd love to see is more of a peek into an author's day-to-day, their thoughts on different books, what's going on with their books...stuff like that. Especially if it's filled with wit. ;)

At 11:45 PM, Blogger WCP/FB said...

You're unpacking? Good luck, lol.

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Melanie Lynne Hauser said...

Ditto Heather. Totally sick of the publishing blogs which seem to spring up like mushrooms, and which, to my mind, ignore the people we're all really trying to reach, anyway - the actual readers of our books. Do you think they care about who got the latest deal, or how tough marketing committees are? Nah.

However - I also can't stand personal blogs that list what the blogger had to eat, or how many times he/she pooped this week (and yes, I have read blogs like that), or talk about the cute things their kids did at breakfast, or list the many reasons why they hate their spouse. I really don't need to know any of that.

So - I like blogs that entertain. That aren't subsituting for a good therapist. That have some kind of universal truth to them, occasionally.

(Wow - that was quite a rant, wasn't it??)

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Oh, ew! Okay, so I'm lucky enough to dodge the poppy blogs. (My sympathies, Melanie!)

I agree with Melanie--don't get too personal. Because diaper changing and what you had for breakfast rank right up there on the list of things no one cares about.

But a little personal is good. Especially the kind of personal that will appeal to your audience.

Writer's Commandment #1: Know Thy Audience.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Poppy? I meant poopy.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Personal and reader-focused, but steer clear of the poop. Gotcha. :)

And WCP/FB: Yep, down to unpacking. Found my deodorant yesterday, huzzah! And now...I'm off to my first shower in the new house!

(Er, sorry if that was Poop Level of personalization...)


At 2:38 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Hey, Melanie, if you check back here: when does SUPER MOM 2 hit the shelves?

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous jamie ford said...

Entertain me.

Be it humor, relevant news, or useful information with an edge.

There are publishing blogs that I'm fascinated by. But only if the author's personality is one that I find engaging. Not too academic. Not too serious.

Do you frequent blogs that don't allow comments? What's up with that?

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Blogs that don't allow comments? Hmmm...I suspect it's fear of being judged.


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