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Ten (secular) commandments for the conscientious blogger

Posted in The circus has landed by justescaped on March 19, 2007

1.Take a stand

Be angry, affronted, hurt and devastated by tragedy for no words are worth writing unless they are set to make a difference. Writing for sheer hedonism is as outdated as transistor radio; the humor in you died the day of the latest setback for the last ecosystem/Utopia you were trying to preserve for your kids.

2. Link away to glory

Spread the good word, for an under-read blogger is as good as an un-dead blogger.

3. Quote those classics

If you are not well-versed in your Hemingway or Dostoveysky, you might as well give up. Blogroll an uberlearned blogger and kneel. Knowing more about plasmonics than Dickens, does not make you a particularly stylish individual.

4. Know more than your reader

For corrections in your comments section leads to some embarassment, and reputation counts for everything in this universe of unlimited reading material and constrained attention span.

5. If you ……mine, I’ll……. yours

Buddy system works for a reason. Find the closest blogger around who also has a readership of precisely zero. Which brings us to…

6. Display your readership muscles

Only if your possess them. 10 visitors since January 2004 is not something to be proud of.

7. Own your blog website

The equivalent of a blogger’s nirvana. A yourname.com works if and only if yourname is shorter than 25 letters and something not much more complicated than JohnSmith. Bookmarking or RSS Feed is still not a commonly understandeable technology to many.

8. Click, kaching!

Bulky adsense ads might just pay for a cup of coffee next year

9. Have low expectations

Having a blog and an open comments section does not guarantee favorable comments. It does not guarantee any comments. Do not stay up all night expecting any. In fact, do not stay up all night for anything.

10. Make top 10 lists for anything

Keep them short and entertaining. But never go from 10 to 1. Thats just plain irritating.

PS(1):

More recent commandments, set in more a didactic stylo, are here. #7, #9 and #10 over there match with points over here. That just shows you…..that random overlaps exist in completely random sets.

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