There are several factors that go into building a blog. The point of this post is to
help new bloggers and learn from my numerous mistakes. Anyone can point to a blog and roughly determine its growth and management.
Falacy Blog growth is determined by the quality of its posts.
The highest quality of posts that I have read so far belong to two smaller blogs. Freedom Now and Possum have high quality original posts with low traffic. Possum does not push her blog and is not a part of a community. Freedom Now is a part of a community but his frequency of fresh content is not as high as some of the otherers.
His social skills are superior and he does have a caustic wit. You may find yourself insulted and not figure it out for a month.
Learn Fresh original content keeps ratings high
The best example of this is AOW. She has quality that rivals Possum and Freedom Now but serves fresh material daily. This blog also works on the fresh lively content but our quality is clarly lower then most.
Learn Be Yourself unless you are a natural jerk.
AOW is an excellent hostess and is charming in real life. MZ is a suprisingly adept moderator. Mr Beamish is an amazing comedic talent. My style is more unpredictable
and this keeps readers interested. Am I going to go off on a rant, veer into Coulter mode or be a good host. People fail to note that when I do an interview my tone rather different than the one used in normal moderation. When I am interviewing I am functioning as a host a host never mistreats his guests.
Weazie and Gertie are examples of failures due largely to a decided lack of Social Skills. Weazie has the mannerisms of an axe murder, consequently he has no readers.
Gertie, projects as an arrogant prissy fop much like Dr Smith in Lost in Space. This may amuse people for a short period of time but it wears thin quickly.
Learn Less is more
Gert is also the clearest example of how to bore the daylights out of readers. His long winded sominex style posts are a chore to read. Even people that interact with him do not seem to read his posts. Mr Beamish provides short snippy posts that are often master pieces. AOW is the ideal as her posts run just the right length. Freedom Now can run long at times but his quality is so high you seriously don't notice it.
Learn Be Unpredictable and Experiment
Mr Beamish may have a comedic gem, photoshop classics or a high quality post. This blog has several staples book reviews, interviews, rants, serious posts and the rare Dean Martin style Blog Roast. There are many who complain that I focus on the far left too much but that is my niche.
When I visit AOW I may get a movie clip, a studendts poem or general news. When I visit Jason Pappas I know what I am likely about to read. He does have superior readable content and is an effective moderator.
Join a Community and build relationships
Building a community takes time and is a long process. Warren and I built this community from scratch. Warren's social skills and a talented newcomer AOW were the key factors in the growth of our community. Welcome people in but be careful there are drama queens and psychos.
Pychos are stalkers who spam a blog saying look at me and clutter your boars with off
topic craziness. Posts about head coffins and Muslim goblins were the norm for my psycho.
Drama Queens- These are posters whose up and down emotioal twists are a chore. Who wants to deal with a wacko who wants to be the center of attention everywhere. This
is in reference to our friend in Israel who is unstable. MZ had the correct solution,
ditch them and move ahead.
Good Dissent: Ducky excells in this role and is fresh. A good dissenter is seldom vulgar and has some social skills. Duckie has above average social skills and his banter promotes interesting responses most of the time.
Rob Bayn also excelled at this and never should apologize for posting his on topic views. If you are on topic it is okay to be passionate.
Comedian: I fill this role on some other blogs. Mr Beamish is a star and the Purple Avenger also adept in this area.
These are the basics but the best place to learn is at AOW or Democracy Frontline.
There is a rumor that we may do a blog Roast on Friday. The guest of honor may be from OZ but this is only a rumor. Warren is gathering cheap alcohol. Mr Beamish is out creating fress Roadkill. Nanc is going to serve as hostess for the this new event.