Day Two – What Posts Appeal to Readers?

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: Blogging | Tags: , , , , , |

There are many ways to attract bloggers to a post.  I am currently trying to figure out how to work them into my style of blogging.  It is said that spaces bring the eye to areas that a person would want to highlight, or stress. 

Quoting is another way to draw the eye.  It seems that I am much more likely to read a quote that has been separated from the main part of the blog than one that is not.  If the quote is something that appeals to me, or that I can relate to, I am probably going to scroll back up a bit to see why the quote was selected.

Another widely used post type is The List Post.  I am sure most of us, if not all, are guilty of doing a post of this sort.  Now, when I say guilty, I don’t mean that in a bad way…  I just mean that there are days where we just want to post something, but may or may not have anything of substance that we want to get into at the moment. 

This time of year is FANTASTIC for list posts!!!  Just take a look at your Blog Reader, or your feeds… How many ‘Best/ Worst of 2009″ posts did you file through? 

When I first tried a list post, I think it went fairly well.  I didn’t get that many comments, but it was entertaining for me to write.  I had made it semi-geeky, but applicable to almost anyone who has ever seen a movie in their lifetime.  I made it about Super Powers that I would love to have.  It was on an old blog that I had hosted on, before I changed to the hosted version.  For some reason,  it didn’t transfer when I converted. 

This isn’t much of a problem, as I have re-written it and posted it here.  It’s pretty quirky, being that it’s about super hero powers and all  but I hope you enjoy it.

Now, I probably should do a list post here, as well – just to clarify what it is I am talking about.  So, in the interest of teaching, I will not fail you.   I will post a list, and you *will* like it!  Right?      RIGHT???  (Don’t forget, I have super powers, now!)

My List of the Top 5 Most Irritating Things at my Job:

  1. Never seeming to be able to get ahead, no matter what my qualifications are. – Since I have been employed, three four positions have opened up that I have qualified for, well, for the most part.  One of which I received by default, because I worked closest to the person who was fired.  Rock on.
  2. Having to answer the same questions every day – to the same people (new hires do not count) – Really?  You still don’t know how to press the ‘paper clip’ button to attach a file to an email?  Well then, there is nothing more I can do for you.  Here.  Have a cookie.
  3. Feeling like I’m supposed to know everything, though I am told NOTHING – You would probably be surprised how often I get the look of, “Aren’t you supposed to know this?”  or the frustrated eye-roll.  I live at a reception desk while all of you are in the back having actual conversations.  How am I going to know unless YOU tell me?
  4. Not getting the raise I was due, and getting the run-around every time I ask about it – Okay, the economy sucks, but come one.  If you offer someone a new position with more responsibility, that should include more money, right?
  5. Having my kindness be taken advantage of – I am very patient, laid back, helpful and kind.  What people don’t understand, since I am a receptionist, is that I am also *Smart*.  I know how to read people and when they are manipulating me, or someone else.  I don’t always call it out, but I don’t forget it either.  When I see a pile of work on my desk, I am happy to have something to do – but do not want to see a bunch of little pieces of work that I am not technically responsible for.  (Maybe I should print out a copy of my ‘job description’ and hang it on my door…)

Wow..  that was kind of cathartic!  But there you have it, folks  – my list post.   heh.  Enjoy it and use it often!  It’s easier on my eyes! 



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Day One – What is my Blog About?

Posted on January 3, 2010. Filed under: Blogging | Tags: , , , , , |

I am sure that if you are reading this blog, you know of ProBlogger, Darren Rowse.  

Well, I am attempting to implement his “31 Days to Build A Better Blog” program into my blog(s).   There is a workbook out that has more information and different exercises included in it, but at this time, I am sticking with the initial emails that I was lucky enough to receive when I first joined the group! 

The first exercise is to create a tagline that will put (and keep) my blog in people’s heads.  What is the purpose of my blog?

Now, with this blog, that is fairly easy.  I say ‘fairly’ because I am sure that there are a lot of other blogs out there, doing the exact same thing as I am trying to do.  What is that?  Teaching others what not to do when they decide to create a blog!  DUH!    😉

If I had to create this tagline *right now* – which I kind of do – I would say something like,

 “Teaching new bloggers what not to do in the creation of their blogs.”

I cannot think of a better way to describe what I am doing right now, with this site!  So, I guess (for now) this will be my statement!  Now, to live up to it.  I need to use the line to keep you, and other readers, from being disappointed (and bored, of course) when reading what I have to write.  I’m hoping for a good mesh between my primary blog, and the two, possibly three, secondaries that I have begun to play around with – this one included.

I have, and will always, ask what it is that you, as readers, would like to see on this, or any of my blogs.  I only ask that the criticism is polite and constructive.  Is that so much to ask for?    =)

In the meantime, I will go ahead and figure out what kind of statement to make for my other blogs.  It should be an interesting experience…  I do hope you have the same!

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