what makes for a good blog
Good writing of course.
Maril Mann has some good guidelines for you and me to follow:
Don’t be afraid of trying. Even if you fail, you’ll get something out of the whole experience.
Be authentic: yes, people want good info, entertaining if possible, but being yourself it’s also a good policy.
Keep it short: If the blog is too long, people won’t read it. Don’t over do it.
If you have no ideas or inspiration, be creative!
Not long ago I read slaughterhouse five, by Kurt Vonnegut. I looked him up and I found eight rules for writing a short story- and a blog is a short enterprise. Keep them in mind.
Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, eight rules for writing a short story.
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
And so on. So it goes.
- Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing (gointothestory.com)