Recently I have been thinking about what makes an individual want to follow or read the blog of an unrelated person. I read several and love reading about these other families. Why? What makes a good blog post? What is the goal of the blogger? These thoughts may be
While I don't regularly read more than a dozen blogs due to time constraints and an aversion to having more than 60 or so posts "sitting" in my Google Reader, I do read a variety of blogs and I troll a lot. I read blogs about cemeteries, informational blogs, opinion blogs, but the largest group is the personal history blogs. Why do I (and many other family historians) find reading about the families of complete strangers so compelling that I want to be notified when they post, comment when the stars align and my computer will let me, and occasionally refer others to their post or blog. My family can be bored to tears when I try to tell them about their gr. grandmother, and a family heirloom sitting in our house, but when I post about it complete with multiple close-up photos, I get comments!
I love the information, connections, and links I get from some posts, and I always love interesting family photos. I analyze how others have their blogs laid out and lament that I don't have the knowledge to add some of the snazzy elements they have. Is there a webinar for advanced beginner bloggers? The blogging community is incredibly generous with their time and advice - like the time I thought I lost the blog post I spent 3 hrs. writing as well as ALL of my previous posts. Within moments of posting a scream for help, I had multiple suggestions. In the end it was operator error (Translation: sheer stupidity on my part).
What blows me away, blog after blog is the compelling, fascinating, insightful, emotional, funny, and all round outstanding writing. I feel so much of a connection that while reading, I
Through blogging, I have discovered that I love to write whether anyone reads it or not (but, of course. it is fun when they do). I don't ever want to make a dime off of it. The only pressure to post is within me, and I like it that way. My father used to say I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle to describe my chatty nature. That statement should really date me since we no longer get smallpox vaccinations, and my children barely remember phonographs. I just know that writing this blog is fun.
What do you like best about the blogs you read? What brings you back to your favorites? Why are some so memorable? Why do you blog?