In my research on how to launch my own blog, I read other blogs, articles on blogging, and read the book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, by Michael Hyatt. Being true to myself, I had to thoroughly research “blogging” because I want it to be right. Here is what I found.
The most critical component to a blog is how well readers interact with it by way of comments.
Today, after one week, I don’t have any comments. Do you want to be the first? My #1 blogging goal is how well readers interact with it. As I’ve read other blogs, I found some of the best nuggets in the comments section, even from people who disagree with the blog’s premise. To help enhance the discussion, I have chosen not to approve your comments before they post. I’ll just delete comments that are offensive, in bad taste, etc.
The blogs I enjoy include original thinking or generate thought provoking questions.Â I don’t enjoy reading cut and paste blogs that are clearly written for internet search engine (SEO) purposes. While SEO is important to anyone taking the time to write a blog and build a platform, the reader must come first.
Here are some of my other findings on what makes a good blog.
- I get bored quickly so I appreciate blogs that are easy to read. The writer must pay attention to formatting, grammar, spelling, and syntax. All my professors who ever had to read one of my college papers would cheer if they read these words. They endured a lot wading through my work. While I want to do the best I can to hit this objective, I won’t use an editor as it would kill my creativity and slow down the process. If you see an error, e-mail me and I’ll try and fix it right away. Bottom line, I don’t want to make you work at reading my blog.
- I hear some blogs utilize ghost writers. I’m afraid of ghosts, so you don’t have to wonder who is writing these blogs. I’ll give full credit to any future guest bloggers.
- I have one fear about blogging. Once I announce my blog to the world, I’ll quite writing it after two weeks. Or worse yet, write so inconsistently, there is no flow. Call me crazy, but I hope to post three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Let me know what days you think are best.
Finally, I don’t have a name for this blog, except my name. I started blogging last week to test drive the site. In my first blog, I stated that I want to “help people find their right fit in the world, listen and understand one another, and share common purpose to accomplish great things.”
These are broad topics, but they will all be written through my work on Intrinsic Motivation in mind. I see this kind of motivation as core to our being and underlie each of these three areas. This blog is about helping people function well, communicate effectively, and work well together. Please feel free to look back over my original blogs, subscribe to get e-mail updates, and start commenting. I look forward to interacting with you.
What do you think makes a good blog?