Wrkshy says the blog didn't take off. I have a few thoughts to share on this (btw, it is NOT a critique -- just thinking aloud):
- Starting a blog does not automatically mean that it would be read. We need to promote and publicise its existence. Like, if google doesn't see it... So we need to submit to search engines/ Technorati, and pass the message around among readers etc.
- Having a blog is just half the equation. What makes it complete is for users to use subscribe to its newsfeeds. Otherwise the blog is just another website. The neat thing about blogs & RSS is that with RSS feeds, users are alerted to updates. The updates go to them. They don't have to go to the page to be updated.
- There needs to be a "voice" -- a personality -- to the blog. If not, it's just another website or online brochure. The really popular blogs out there (by teens or professionals) have a common characteristic -- they "converse" with their audience. Notice I didn't say "readers". The term "readers" implies passivity on the part of the receiver. An audience, however, can converse back by posting comments if they choose to.
- Wrkshy says there are no links or tags to the blog. I feel it's critical to have links and tags. If not, the blog is just another boring brochure. Blogs are about getting people connected.
Wrkshy, thanks for sharing. Yup, I'll get in touch with you. I think I know who you are...
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