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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

What makes a "good" blog?


In the comments from my last article JadedCM offered his criteria for blog selection which seems as reasonable an approach as I’ve heard here. I still am unable to define the specific criteria that I use for judging those I read and those I discard. I had attributed my selection to a clear demonstration of brotherly love. I have since discovered that this is only one (but a critical) criteria and not the “reason” I come back again and again in anticipation of “fresh blood”. Hmmm….

So what makes a “good” blog?

(This might subconsciously be a method for me to extract vital information to be used to make my blog more appealing……Nah, just curious)

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6 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

I look for blogs by people who are smarter than me, mostly. I'm also more likely to read them if they substantially agree with me on their political or social or theological outlooks, whichever they write about more. And I shy away from blogs where I can't leave comments... I started reading Powerline for a while, but I quit because there was no way to engage the writers other than email, and I didn't want to bother with it.

And, embarrassed as I am to admit it, layout makes a big difference. I avoid ugly blogs like the plague. If my blog wasn't mine, I probably wouldn't have visited it twice, because the frames at the top are ugly.

None of these are great criteria, but I think this is how I've been going about it. I hadn't really given it much though- thanks for making me stop and consider it. :o)

6/15/2005 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Julie thanks for the information and for stopping by. By the response here I think I’ve decided that one of the criteria is that the blogger doesn’t ask for personal insights (grin)! I guess that makes yours that much more special. I would like to ask that, even though you’re smarter and I tend to avoid offering any social or political commentary, you would still stop buy when you can. I hope school goes well for you and I’m looking forward to hearing about it. ;-)

6/16/2005 04:33:00 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I don't know that I'm smarter than you. Maybe we should take IQ tests, as well as taking flavors-of-Christianity tests. :o)

I'm hoping that once I get to seminary I'll be writing less about politics and more about what I'm learning. I didn't start my blog intending to write only about politics, but I tend to write about things I read, and my reading material before the election centered around politics, and I just haven't shifted back.

I intend to stop by more often- I wasn't doing it before because I kept losing the link to your blog, so I'd have to dig through my comments. It finally occured to me that I could just redo the links on my blog to reflect the blogs I actually visit, so I'm working on that now.

6/16/2005 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger jenn marsala said...

My approach is to take no discernable position on anything of importance. Seems to work for me...

j

6/17/2005 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger The JadedCM said...

I'm flattered you found my criteria as the one you choose to post on your blog.

6/17/2005 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Julie, as I indicated in the comments on my next post, I have read your blog and I author this one so I have to concede on the intelligence quotient. You win, hands down.
;-) So many of your post contain critical information and I really appreciate the links that allow your readers to follow through. I really do hope we’ll be seeing more from you!

Jenn I don’t know how you can say that! I read your blog and food and time are of GREAT IMPORTANCE! (grin). Corry and I really enjoy your humor and you can count on two more fans. ;-)

JadedCM what can I say? Not only was I inspired by your methodology but your locker-room humor as well (hehe). I must confess however that your willingness to explore other parallels leaves me a bit nervous :-O hahaha

I am anxious to comment on your current post but as yet lack coherency. You’ve got a really good site and I’m so grateful for all of the devoted young ministers. I hope things worked out on the home purchase but I know God will provide regardless. ;-)

6/18/2005 06:45:00 AM  

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