A looong time ago I mentioned that Annie was going to start a blog. Well, I'm happy to say that that day has come!
The best kind of blog is a blog about a niche subject that's so well written and universally useful that even people read it even if they have no connection to that niche. My blog isn't one of those.
I'm about as ignorant as they come when it comes to ballet. Annie is the exact opposite (on of very few opposites we have), and her posts so far have that "niche but universal" quality that makes a blog so good.
Equally important, she weaves in a lot of personality. In fact, I don't like to admit it, but I'm a little jealous at how effortlessly she does that. Then again, we HAVE been waiting a long time for this blog... maybe it's not as effortless as it looks.
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On the second day that I was visiting her in Toronto, Annie brought back a pile of books from the library. On the top was a tiny book with a cover so simple that it looked like it might be a children's book about potty training.
"A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)"
It seemed like a fluffy bit of entertainment. Something like "The Tipping Point" which is fun to read but not exactly a life changer. I was wrong, though. Dead wrong.
I was reading a really interesting post on another blog that struck a few nerves with me. Made me feel all tingly, in a not so warm kind of way. So that made me want to do some writing. And here I am, writing about why my blog sucks.
It was a post on various methods needed to make a great blog, and how without engaging in these methods, your blog is likely to suck. I decided to write about my own blog in the same format.
Long, descriptive, valuable content that readers want to bookmark and share. I certainly don't have that, and I never really have. I'm still trying to work out what knowledge I have that others might find of value, and present it in ways that others might think is amazing and want to share it with everyone they know.
To be honest, I'm not good with epic posts. I always think that most people don't have a lot of time to read something 'epic', so I try to write short articles or posts that will fit into their available time for my material. If they like it, I hope they'll stick around a bit longer and read some other short pieces as well.