There are ways of doing things and they work in all aspects of society.
I am not preaching to the choir I hope. …
What are you writing a blog for?
Is it just because there is this new electronic friendship equiptment you want to play with?
Do you have something to say?
Do you need to have a place you collect your thoughts or post your picture?
Or are you crying with an heart full of emotion for things that you can't have?
Me, I just like writing and I have a mania about earth science.
I don't mind if no-one sees my little light flickering all alone in the cold.
As long as I have somewhere to put my poems and short stories, my explantion of national and international disasters and my rantings against injustice, I don't care if nobody takes the least bit of notice.
Oh yes…. and I like to elaborate on the truth a bit.
So what makes a good blog?
Better ask what makes a bad one. People will read anything once. If you don't stain their first impression they might come back. It's not that they have different interests, any social activity is stimulating even if it is finding a perishing moron you are just glad to be better than.
First impressions are everything. Whilst your connection to visitors has to be closer than the mouse click, it must be relaxed too. If your page has too much to take in at first sight, you lose most of the casual visitors. Probably all of them.
Use a more laid back, a more "desultory" tone, at least for your into. Give them a pique at what is to come. Don't mess with the settings until you know what fits and why. That can take froever. I imagine that the techs who set up forums have had years of experience and know what works and what doesn't.
Plain and simple is the ideal start. That's what sells houses: white ceilings and magnolia walls. Blank canvasses. Also, you inevitable feel drawn to people without too many vices and of an easy going nature. Consider who are the most appealing of your neighbours.
Try and reflect a gentle manner -without being soppy of course. Ideologies and politics aside, people would rather look at flowers than corpses.
The style Opera offers gives you a box to introduce the topic, between the title and the main body. Write a small 2 second thought about the page in that box as that is all the surfer will see as they drop onto your main page.
If they click on the intro, you then need to get them to realise that they want to read more. You will just turn them off with shouting your message straight into their faces. You get less than 5 seconds "alert time" with a fresh caller. After that they are thinking of reasons to ditch you.
Don't try to tell them everything at once. People don't work like that.
Once you have their attention, you want to let them know they are in tune when you humanise yourself. Let them know there are things you have no explanation for and that you are aware of the errors or potential for error. If you want to move the world and can't even move them, what hope have you?
Betwixt and between your style and your story, you have to weave a common cause with them, explain the drift so they are not lost and isolated. Keep it short. They have things to do beside reading your blatherings.
You have to leave them feeling entertained and a part of the scheme. Not dried up and exhausted.
Then you have to step back and let them see their way; even if it is over the hills and gone. That's their choice.
Then you must let them post a comment you do not over-master or interfere with. They have free thoughts too. It's a problem I have. I can't just leave a comment lie but I need to jiggle another two pennies down the slot.
The problem is that it is like a complement to have a comment. Someone who bothered with your soul. So what could be nicer than you jumping in all over it before they have had time to think?
I sometimes wish I was as nice as I want to be but at the same time I am glad I won't take crap from anyone…. so long as I forget that that is going to haunt me later.
Sometimes I wish I was nice.