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June 04, 2012

What Makes A Good Blog?

My basic job, in a variety of settings, has been the teaching of writing. I teach writing, and I write. It's an interesting set of disciplines. I see teaching as my attempt to sum up the best...

...strategies for self-exploration and expression.

As I write this blog, I try to consider the basic principles of writing; a clear purpose and a solid sense of who my audience might be.

There are other bloggers out there who make a point of posting every day. Any writing, even great writing, gets tiresome if you see it every day, in fact anything every day gets old.

And I know that even great writers, even my favorites, have their down days.

If you write a blog, or are thinking about writing one, I'd encourage you to keep it current (nothing worse on a website than a dead blog) but, on the other hand, don't worry about writing every day. Once a week leaves a pretty large gap. You do, after all, want to maintain some continuity with both your audience and your topic. If you write once a week, or even less, you are probably not passionate enough about your subject.

Blogging can certainly be fun, but it is also work - in a good way. Who knows who will read your writing and who knows how it will look (or what you will think of it) five or ten years from now?

Blogging seems to be shifting (perhaps because of Twitter) to a slower, more considered format. It's called slow blogging. You can see a New York Times article on it here http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/fashion/23slowblog.html?_r=1.

Slow blogging is sort of the corollary to gourmet food in contrast to fast food.

There is even a slow blog manifesto, check it out here - http://toddsieling.com/slowblog/?page_id=10.

Above all, write a blog worth reading. I hope I do.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com

Posted by mmorf at June 4, 2012 11:52 AM

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