On your own blog do a post listing 5 things you like about blogs, 5 things you don’t like and 5 things you do blogging that you think are cool and why you do them. Try to give the reasons why, too, so people understand your way of thinking.
I can do that.
Five things about blogs/blogging/bloggers that I really like:
1.) Congeniality: Most bloggers are friendly and genuine.
2.) Relaxation: Blogging has no dress code and only those pressure constraints we put on ourselves.
3.) Connectivity: People connect with each other personally. Real emotions are easier to share when we aren’t face-to-face.
4.) Diversity: I have learned much of other lands and cultures and social classes that I may never have known without the net.
5.) More diversity: The multitude of thoughtful comments and perspectives that people share with each other, usually non-judgmentally.
Five things about blogs/blogging/bloggers that irritate me:
1.) Empty comments: The narcissists who don’t think their universally copied & pasted, Cool post. COME VISIT ME., comments aren’t spam.
2.) Music: Let me clarify, if a musical selection adds context to a specific post, great; but other than that I find your music invasive. I either have my own music playing, or I have the TV on, or I have chosen silence for a reason.
3.) Blogspot.com — it is the most irritating, inconsistent and unreliable platform there is. I have no idea why it remains popular.
4.) Cheaters: People who sign in to meme links but don’t put up a corresponding post. Not only will I not comment on their blog, I make a mental note to avoid their links in future so they’re not apt to hear from me even then they’re legit.
5.) More Cheaters: Genuine comments from people who’s sites I don’t wish associated with mine. I always check to see who sent the comment. If it is a real comment but it links back to a business site I often delete the link, especially if it is a site I wouldn’t promote (s3x, drugs, gambling, alcohol, etc.)
Five things I do on my blog and why I do them:
1.) Visit: I try to make certain I visit everyone who visited me within 24 hours. If they visited for a certain meme, I always visit their meme post. I do it to be polite and to let the person know I appreciated their visit and their comment was valued.
2.) Answer Comments: I love answering comments on my blog. The interaction that results, be it serious or silly, is often better than the original post.
3.) Value My Friends: I like to share blog links and introduce my blogging friends to each other. That is how communities are formed.
4.) Be Honest: Even in my paid posts I only present my honest opinions. When offered pay to promote internet sites I don’t approve of (s3x, drugs, gambling, alcohol, etc.), I turn down the job out-right. If asked to blog about products that I believe are inferior, if my honest opinion isn’t allowed I won’t do the post. My credibility is important to me both on and off the blog.
5.) Promote Laughter: because there is already enough pain in life. We need to celebrate that which lifts us above the mundane and puts joy in our hearts.