28 September 2005

Blogging Wants

Even an avid reader can miss it... Along the right margin of Dave Pollard's extraordinary How To Save The World is a pair of lists. They speak directly to what is needed--wanted--in this blogging process We share as reader and blogger.

See if you agree:

Blog readers want to see more:

• original research, surveys etc.
• original, well-crafted fiction
• great finds: resources, blogs, essays, artistic works
• news not found anywhere else
• category killers: aggregators that capture the best of many blogs/feeds, so they need not be read individually
• clever, concise political opinion (most readers prefer these consistent with their own views)
• benchmarks, quantitative analysis
• personal stories, experiences, lessons learned
• first-hand accounts
• live reports from events
• insight: leading-edge thinking & novel perspectives
• short educational pieces
• relevant "aha" graphics
• great photos
• useful tools and checklists
• précis, summaries, reviews and other time-savers
• fun stuff: quizzes, self-evaluations, other interactive content

Blog writers want to see more:

• constructive criticism, reaction, feedback
• 'thank you' comments, and why readers liked their post
• requests for future posts on specific subjects
• foundation articles: posts that writers can build on, on their own blogs
• reading lists/aggregations of material on specific, leading-edge subjects that writers can use as resource material
• wonderful examples of writing of a particular genre, that they can learn from
• comments that engender lively discussion
• guidance on how to write in the strange world of weblogs

The Jenius Has Quoted.

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