Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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When I'm not "in the zone" to write, I really don't wanna write.
I don't wanna risk quality over just being able to come up with a post. I thought I was "in the zone" some 2 hours ago. So I hope I was able to sustain that because I don't wanna leave this post hanging.
The past few days, I've been asking some blogger friends about their ideas on what would make a good blogger. Different opinions abound. Some of them even contradict my own dogma about blogging. Some were trying to be safe with their answers and some are not to reliable because their blogs themselves were not really, uhm, nice. *wink*
So the question is, what makes a good blogger?
First, he knows how to post some good content. He should write well. Not just grammatically correct (although it helps a ton), but his posts should be engaging. Not necessarily hifaluting, cos I'm not a big fan of flowering your words up, but being smart with your choice of words. Simon Cowell is not flowery. He is just witty with his word choices.
Second, he should stick to his gameplan on why he blogs. For me, this is my outlet. Call it a frustrated writer's chance to redeem himself. I would really love to write for a magazine or a newspaper lifestyle section but I don't know anyone close enough who could help me get a job as cool as that. A blogger whom I should call as Skinny Stud was discovered by a men's magazine because of his witty and comedic blog posts. This is like a virtual portfolio of written works! So this is really the reason why I blog.
Thirdly, a good blogger doesn't vandalize his blog with too much graffitis (read as: widgets!). C'mon, slideshows and virtual playlists on blogs!!!! I know I might offend some bloggers but, I'm just sharing an opinion.
Fourthly, a good blogger welcomes opinions from other bloggers and can adapt to change. I changed my blog a lot the past 3 years. And a few bloggers have also openly suggested me to change a few stuff here and there and I thought their suggestions were cool. Besides, we should listen to those that come visit our site regularly, right?
A good blogger also does not make his a blog an extension to his Friendster or Facebook. I don't wanna blog hop for the sole purpose of gaining potential exchange links! I dunno, just my opinion as well.
Anyways, I thought I was making less and less sense as I prolong this entry. Those are my opinion. Got reactions? Please feel free to comment. I promise and will try to write more sensible posts here. Besides, it is my idea to make this a comfort room for us all.
This post was written by: Jerick Baluyot
Jerick Baluyot is a professional blogger, writer and digital marketing specialist. Follow him on Twitter