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November 04, 2005
FIND OF THE WEEK - Dave Pollard's "WHAT THE BLOGOSPHERE WANTS MORE OF" Sidebar
This is a true FIND OF THE WEEK. Unlike most of my finds, which are posts I come across while online, I found this one as I was throwing out one of those “extra sheets” my printer often spits out.
The title “WHAT THE BLOGOSPHERE WANTS MORE OF” caught my eye just as I was tossing it into the trash. So I went back to David Pollard’s How to Save the World blog and, sure enough, buried at the bottom of his sidebar, hidden from general view is the following —
WHAT THE BLOGOSPHERE WANTS MORE OF
Blog readers want to see more:
1. original research, surveys etc.
2. original, well-crafted fiction
3. great finds: resources, blogs, essays, artistic works
4. news not found anywhere else
5. category killers: aggregators that capture the best of many blogs/feeds, so they need not be read individually
6. clever, concise political opinion (most readers prefer these consistent with their own views)
7. benchmarks, quantitative analysis
8. personal stories, experiences, lessons learned
9. first-hand accounts
10. live reports from events
11. insight: leading-edge thinking & novel perspectives
12. short educational pieces
13. relevant "aha" graphics
14. great photos
15. useful tools and checklists
16. précis, summaries, reviews and other time-savers
17. fun stuff: quizzes, self-evaluations, other interactive content
Blog writers want to see more:
1. constructive criticism, reaction, feedback
2. 'thank you' comments, and why readers liked their post
3. requests for future posts on specific subjects
4. foundation articles: posts that writers can build on, on their own blogs
5. reading lists/aggregations of material on specific, leading-edge subjects that writers can use as resource material
6. wonderful examples of writing of a particular genre, that they can learn from
7. comments that engender lively discussion
8. guidance on how to write in the strange world of weblogs
First of all, any blogger who puts a list like this — in the sidebar of their blog home page — is definitely a blogger to keep an eye on.
Second, this list sets a pretty high, and intimidating, bar for any blogger as he sits down to “write a post”.
Third, this is the best checklist I’ve seen anywhere about what makes a blog post compelling.
We should all be so brave as to have Dave’s “Blogging Commandments” posted on the first page of our blogs — like a “No Trespassing” sign at the gate — only those who “truly belong there” should dare enter.
Perhaps a sister site is in order.
Posted by: draculich at November 10, 2005 04:38 PM
A blogger to keep eye on? I dare you to read his blog every day, every word. That Dave, he's amazing. He's invented a whole new genre and doesn't even know it (so much for knowlage workers) - Pulp Non-fiction for the North Berkeley Volvo set.
Posted by: Conor Ryan at November 27, 2005 09:02 PM
Thanks for the information.
I'll go check ou his site.
Your's is nice and useful also.
Posted by: allan at December 20, 2005 06:29 PM
Provocative, interesting, thoughful, informative as some of many words that I would use to describe this article.
Posted by: Robert at March 27, 2006 12:51 PM
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