Writer’s Digest is a magazine that could be either annoying or helpful. They spam you with all sorts of emails detailing their latest junk articles. And occasionally, very very rarely, they strew an emerald among the gravel.
Their latest masterpiece is titled: THE 12 DOS AND DON’TS OF WRITING A BLOG. Of which, I pass and fail in my usual manner:
Find your focus.
Really? I fail. I write what I enjoy or what strikes me at the time. Yes, I miss stories. But only because I have nothing to add to them. The latest Marine Corps crash? I did not blog it. I thought it tragic, but I had nothing to add that was not already known. God bless those guys, would be perhaps my only addition.
Be relatable, be yourself.
4 I’s: I don’t know. I think I am relatable. I post a lot. I enjoy myself.
Use links within your posts.
Respond to blog comments.
Yup. Yup. And yup.
Post to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Anywhere Else You Can.
No. I. Don’t. Post. Anywhere. But. Here. (And I have a Facebook app that posts automatically to F’book. But it is often f’booked up. . .)
Okay, here are the things not to do:
Set Unrealistic Goals.
Too late. I set goals and surpassed them a long time ago. I did not intend to be unread. But once I met a consistent readership, I just enjoy posting.
Limit your word count.
I don’t limit my word count. Although, I have not written the long 1.5K word-long posts recently. I may. Tomorrow. That is what a blog is for, right? Spontaneity.
Make grammar mistakes.
I ain’t never.
Write long paragraphs.
Avoid trying new things.
I am trying this, right?
Here is the bottom line: do your thing. Write your blog however you want. Have fun. Follow your fire. Write what makes you laugh. Or what gets your hackles up. Wherever your hackles are. . .