I’ve transferred this post from Clarion Folk a day after it was written.
This is dedicated to you. For everything I’ve learnt, and everything I continue to forget. Thankyou.
I love reading posts, watching as fellow bloggers forge identities, and sometimes as they fall into and through the cracks.
I like Good Blogging. But I also don’t like it very much.
Following are the reasons I hate Good Blogging:
1. I use a word like ‘Hate’ instead of ‘Dislike’ in the Title of my post.
"Good blogging demands that I reign in my natural instincts .."
Sensationalism is an important part of good blogging. It’s far more than just being a sensationalist.
I can jump around and yell "Awesome" with the best of them. Seriously. I’m full of manic energy, I’ll sing loudly without being drunk, and when my eyes light up I won’t stop for just about anything.
But good blogging isn’t this. Good blogging is knowing the best time to use snippets of sensationalism. You can’t always be "ON".
I grind against this. For me, I don’t want to discipline myself to understand these subtle moves. When I see Hate, I like "Dislike is more appropriate". That’s me. I don’t want to change.
Don’t get me wrong, the "ON"ness is vital. Transferring wonder and excitement to people means I get to have the light in my eyes. But it has to be directed. Brought into control.
When I’m excited, I say the word "Awesome" a lot. I don’t want to think of other words right then, but good blogging calls me out and beats me around the head a little.
Good blogging demands that I reign in my natural instincts and discipline myself to become better at using an aspect like Sensationlism effectively in my writing.
2. I shouldn’t make witty post Titles, they don’t do SEO well.
"Good blogging makes me think harder."
This goes hand in hand with the first point.
My natural bent when writing a post or article is to think up something witty. Some play on words about the topic, or a pop-culture reference.
Good blogging makes me think harder. Witty titles come and go. But the melding of wit with strategy doesn’t come easy to me. And sometimes there is no wit to be had.
3. Part of me doesn’t want organic growth, it wants instant global recognition.
"Good blogging tells me not to act and plan my goals around 15 minutes of fame."
The Feeds! The Feeds! Why isn’t my Feedburner count sky-rocketing?
From what I read, good blogging is best done organically. Organic is the best foundation. Rock-solid. The fleeting glory of a front-page Digg is nothing compared to the Tortoise.
Good blogging tells me not to act and plan my goals around 15 minutes of fame. The Tortoise IS better than the Hare. Unless that dumb Hare doesn’t fall asleep. Then he’s WAAAAY better :) heh heh.
4. Posting Is Mostly Never Quick
"Good blogging says Shudup fool!"
Sure, sometimes it just rushes out. But like every single "How To Blog" piece I’ve ever read, TIME is a factor. Taking time to craft what you are saying will almost always have to happen.
Ask my friends and family, I rarely take time to think about what I’m saying. I rely too much on natural instinct and previous experience. That it will guide and direct the babble that proceeds forth.
Good blogging says Shudup fool! Pull your head in and think over what you are saying.
5. Fame obviously means a lot more to me than I like to think.
"I’m a little fish in probably the biggest pond, looking up at the whales that blot out the sun."
Despite point 3., it does actually grind me that I’m so affected by fame and fortune.
This isn’t a point against good blogging so much as a kick to myself. Why is it that even though I _know_ establishing a web presence is hard and long-term, organic and tortoise-like, Why is it that when I twitter Scoble my heart skips a beat waiting for his reply? Or when GaryVee asks his followers to ‘@’ him and I do and then I wait .. eagerly.
It’s crazy, but it’s human. I’m a little fish in probably the biggest pond, looking up at the whales that blot out the sun.
Man I want to be a whale.
I love Good Blogging. But I "dislike" it too. Growth and learning and creating is hard, and my nature rails against becoming better. So here’s to fighting hard and becoming a Good Blogger!