Want to know what I know about blogging? Not that much, but here are just random combination of words that I hope resemble a sentence. String a few together and they just might turn into a sentence and maybe one day they will resemble a post.
Some bloggers will compose the most brilliant posts. They will be full of wit, insight and be composed with so much poise and eloquence they would elicit praise from the bard himself. Many if not most of us will be among that crowd, or at least will consider our work worthy of that kind of praise.
Hordes of bloggers will write posts in which they declare their love of writing and their disdain for those who whore themselves out for comments. Many of those same bloggers will secretly wish that they had as many comments.
Some of those bloggers will have no problem complaining about the lack of comments and will beg, plead and scream for them, no matter how trivial or inane. Some of the blogs that receive the most traffic and the most comments will be among the worst, at least from a quality standpoint.
Posts about blogging will generally receive more comments than virtually any other posts.
Many will complain about flame wars and episodic bouts battling trolls, but the sad reality is that a good flame war is like a fight in junior high. Without a doubt a virtual circle will form around the combatants. Some of the watchers will goad the warriors into attacking. Similar to vultures they will pick at the weak and tender spots in the hope that blood and fur will begin to fly. Some will watch, some will cheer and some will join in for no other reason than just because.
Tend your blog the way you tend your garden. Water it, keep it clear of weeds and give some and care and it will grow. Blog when you have nothing to say. Writing takes practice and there is no better time than the present. Write about things that you are passionate about and your readers will follow.
Be honest, be firm in your convictions and be prepared to say why. It is your blog. Who gives a damn if some virtual person disagrees with you.
Link to other blogs and other blogs will link to you. Link to stories that you think are interesting. Share little pieces of yourself and others will reciprocate.
Try all of this or none of it. I don’t know if any of this has worth or meaning. I titled the post “Crap I know about Blogging” for a reason.