Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How not to blog

• I don’t get people who announce a blog on social networking, say it’s on a controversial topic and then declare that no criticism/opposing stance will be tolerated. What’s the point of that, aside from imposing your stance? Debate is half the fun for me.

• Blogger has a cool site called “Blogs of Note,” which highlights ... you guessed it. One of the must-read blogs touted there is by invitation only. Poor call on Blogger’s part, but an even poorer call on the blogger’s part, because that person just lost a potentially sizable audience.

• There is literally no reason to have an invitation-only blog. Blogs exist as a way of conferring information. Most bloggers embrace a wide audience, or at the very least don’t mind if others discover their site. If privacy is your concern, then use e-mail or snail mail to send your thoughts and pics. Better yet, call or visit that person! Invited readership seems like you’re calling someone to tell them you’re having a party and they aren’t invited. You’re making a point of making the point, and that sucks. No one’s party, or writing, is that good.

• I may be doing it wrong too. In the past few months, I’ve had requests for advertising rates, and Mutual of Omaha wanted to put me in a commercial. I guess I’m just waiting for the perfect opportunity. Preferably one that involves writing. It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine. Hey, it worked for Wayne.

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