Dewey at Weekly Geeks asked us what other forms of storytelling we enjoy. I certainly love reading books, stories, poems, nonfiction, etc. Some people are discussing theater and that is certainly on my list: the performance of great literature. I’ve never been a fan of television (we don’t even have one right now), and I don’t usually enjoy movies.
In a world besides books, however, I think the story telling I would rely on is blogging. I’m not talking about the world of book reviews online, necessarily. What I really appreciate is personal and family blogs. I’m not going to link to any from here for privacy’s sake, but I certainly love writing about my daily challenges on my personal blog where my family can comment and communicate with me. I love reading about my sister’s and cousins’ lives via an online medium. It’s by reading about their daily lives that I feel connected to them. As a stay-at-home mom, that is the other storytelling I enjoy: the silly things their 2-year-old said, the comments we have for each other about dealing with life. Blogging provides a format to share, communicate, and relate.
What aspect of blogging do you enjoy most?
Trish over at Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading? and Matthew at That’s the Book have shared some blogging tips. Trish says no one tagged her but she decided to share anyway. As a reader of blogs, I am going to do the same and share some tips about blogging. I’m still very much a beginner at blogging for the world—my other blogs are all personal—so I’m still learning.
1. Keep it short. I am not going to read 1,000-word essays, although I might skim them. Get to your point. (I learned this by reading other people’s blogs. I don’t read other’s posts if they are long; I realize now you won’t read mine if they are long, and some of my first posts were very long.)
2. Matthew said to make it personal. I agree to a point. When reviewing a book, don’t quote me huge passages from the book’s back cover or Amazon’s summary. If I wanted that, I’d read the back cover or Amazon, not your blog. Tell me what you think, in your words. And I don’t care about the whole plot—just tell me why I should be interested in reading it or why you are really glad you read it. At the same time, I read lots of blogs in a number of categories (personal blogs, reading blogs, cooking blogs, etc.). Don’t tell me your life history. Share your life as long as it relates to what we are discussing. You read because you like what you read. Why do you like it? Share your personality with me as much as it relates to the subject matter.
3. Trish said to make post titles interesting. I would suggest that post titles tell us about what the post is actually about. I’d prefer a post titled with the book title and author to something vague.
What do you think? Do you read long posts? Do you like an entire book summary? What do you want post titles to be?
These are my preferences, but I’d be interested to hear whether others in the blogging world agree or not.