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Wish I Was This Good…

January 15, 2007

How does the interchange go?

ADORING ACOLYTE: Oh, I wish I’d said that…
OSCAR WILDE: Don’t worry, you will…

Hugh at Gaping Void has been clearing out his mind… the result is his Random Notes on Blogging. There are enough real pearls of wisdom in this post to keep most of us going for months… and it’s easy to see why his blog is so highly rated.

My favourites include:


1. The First Rule of Blogging: “Blogs don’t write themselves.” It’s the hardest and most frustrating part of professionally helping others to blog.

8. So you a read lot of A-Listers. Congratulations. You now know a lot of stuff everybody else knows.

19. For us serious blog evangelists, it’s tempting to think “Everybody should have a blog”. About as tempting as the thought, “Everybody should be able to write well.” And about as realistic.

33. It’s tempting to think that people read your blog. Sadly, they don’t. They skim them. So always make your content skim-friendly. Write it with “skimmabilty” baked-in.

Now stop reading my post and go and read Hugh’s really good post…

(Be warned: It does have some bad language!)


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Elisa and Jes permalink
    January 16, 2007 6:34 pm

    This is totally irrelevant to your post but we are taking all the options we have to get in contact with you before the debate…CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!

  2. January 17, 2007 6:54 pm

    I’ve just skimmed your post (see Rule 33) and then went back and read it properly (crap reader). I gave all of my students a blog (on our elggspace) but quickly found Rule 19 to be true. Some just couldn’t articulate themselves on a blog and were unable to progress further than ‘today we did this’ comments.

    As for Rule 8, I don’t read A-listers but my Bloglines collects them very well.

  3. February 6, 2007 10:25 am

    hey w

    you ok?

    bit quiet from the rural wastes.

    talk to ya


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