Blog Interesting – 32 Ways to Keep Your Blog from Sucking


Today I came across a really good article for bloggers, Scott Hanselmans post on “Blog Interesting – 32 Ways to Keep Your Blog from Sucking” 

(update: for some reason the link gives an xml error, should be http://www.hanselman.com/blog/BlogInteresting32WaysToKeepYourBlogFromSucking.aspx if the link above doesn’t work)

I realize that most of you are not bloggers, and also that I am breaking rule #7 and #8 on the list here:) 

7. Don’t post throwaways

  • I try to have a minimum length to a post. If you don’t think about your blog post, likely no one else will either. If I want to save a link, rather than posting “I want to save this link, so I’m blogging it to remember” I use a service like http://del.icio.us/shanselman. Unless you’re a link blogger, but then you’d batch them up.

8. Avoid “excessive quoting”

  • Some popular bloggers can get away with this, but I think that quotes make up more than 30% of a blog post (or, gasp, 70% or more) than you really have to ask yourself “am I providing value here?”

…but I really enjoyed his post, so I’m sharing it for you to enjoy as well…

And regarding #7, trying to have a minimum lenght to a post,  a lot of people would probably argue that instead of trying to have a minimum length, I should try to set a maximum length for my posts since they tend to get very wordy… especially the folks that manage the community server for blogs.msdn.com as i suspect that most my post make it on to the large object heap:)

Laters,

Tess


Comments (6)

  1. David Evans says:

    Is the XML error part of the interest? :)

  2. rational says:

    good post. by the way i am throwing away…j/k

  3. ardeez says:

    Gud post but it went over my head…I mean I didn’t get it….

  4. Rich Miller says:

    #1 should probably be to make sure your blog doesn’t contain XML errors:

    "XML Parsing Error: no element found

    Location: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/BlogInteresting32WaysToKeepYourBlogFromSucking.aspx

    Line Number 1, Column 1:"

  5. Tess says:

    Not sure why those XML errors showed up when following the link from my page… I think it works now though…

  6. Your posts are not too long.  When battling a nasty bug we want all the ammunition we can get; not the Reader’s Digest version!