“What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?” So asked yesterday’s WordPress Daily Prompt. This might turn out to be my shortest blog post yet, because for me, the answer is pretty simple.
Unlike a lot of people, I don’t think a post has to be short. I don’t care how long it is, as long as the story is well told. It should be as long (or short) as it has to be, to make your point. If it’s a six-word memoir, that’s great. If it’s 2,000 words, that’s also great.
Just make sure they are spelled correctly. All of them. And do me a favour and look them up in the dictionary. I don’t really trust spell check. And please proofread to make sure auto correct hasn’t turned your prose into total gibberish.
If I ever meet the imbecile who invented auto correct, I just might make him eat my computer, my iPad and my iPhone. And all the copy decks and emails I’ve had to trash. And at least one draft of my book which, at last count, was more than two hundred pages.
While I watch, so I can make sure he’s swallowed it all. Every last scrap. Every last bite. Every last morsel. With nothing to wash it all down. No tea, coffee or soft drinks. No fancy designer juices. No beer or wine. And no condiments, either. No mustard. No ketchup. No pickles. No russian dressing. No hot sauce.
You know, I may even throw in a side order of all my power cords. And the mouse I’ve never used. And all my computer bags.
Yeah, I’m that bitter about it.
Where was I before my rant? Oh yeah, what it takes to make me like and follow your blog. Well, in addition to all the other stuff I’ve already mentioned, please make sure your grammar’s proper. And your punctuation. Don’t be lazy. Check it, check it and check it again. Sloppy writers are not good writers.
Then, be interesting. Be informative. Be provocative. Be engaging. Be funny. Or be serious. I don’t care which. Be ballsy. Be judgemental. Be nasty. Be quirky. Be flirtatious. Be whimsical. Be naughty. Be irreverent. Be honest. Be authentic. Be relevant.
Teach me something I don’t know. Shock me. Challenge me. Anger me. Frustrate me. Get a rise out of me. Awe me. Surprise me. Relax me. Dare me. Scare me. Grip me. Grab me. Shake me to my core. Tease me. Toy with me. Tantalize me. Scandalize me. Seduce me with your words. Make me shiver with delight. Thrill me. Take me places I’ve never been. Drag me where I don’t want to go. Engage me. Involve me. Inspire me. Compel me to respond. To comment. To keep coming back for more.
Sound impossible? Improbable? Unattainable? Unachievable?
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.
I follow more than a hundred WordPress blogs. And there’ll be more, I know. I follow poets. Authors. Artists. Photographers. Cooks. Copywriters. Students. Teachers. Lawyers. Nurses. Retirees. Reviewers. Moms. Dads. From every walk of life. From more countries than I can count. Professionals and amateurs. It doesn’t matter to me.
What matters is, I look forward to each and every one of their posts. Why? I just told you.