There are far too many blogs out there that follow a theme and bore their readers with so-called “valuable” information. If you’re tired of tagging along behind other, more experienced bloggers, we say follow your own rules and see what happens. Who knows, it could make you popular, famous, and rich!
Make sure your blog can’t be forced into a box. If you target a specific audience, say, literary types or computer aficionados, think of all the other people who won’t read your blog. Don’t let The Man give you a label, man.
Provide irrelevant and/or outdated information.
Your readers don’t want statistics or helpful hints. They want trivia! Titillate your audience with daily minutiae from your own life, such as the current temperature in your part of the world. What you had for lunch. Gossip about an uncle on your father’s side. Good stuff like that. Or you can give hints on making your electric typewriter more efficient or how to clean an eight-track tape machine.
Post inactive and/or irrelevant links.
If it’s too easy, it’s no fun! What reader wants to click on a link and go directly to the site? Make your audience work a bit—do a little investigative clicking, as it were. It’s fun to make up sites too—try hyping a fantastic new site called Grasshopper Legs For Fancy Times, and let the frustration and confusion begin! You can also post links that are unrelated to your topic du jour and leave your readers wondering what they’re missing…
What better forum to air your grievances? If your best friend or significant other has offended you in some way, start typing. A long, personal, privacy-shattering rant will make you feel much better than an e-mail or a simple phone call would. Everyone else, especially literary agents and editors, will surely be interested in your personal problems too.
Copy and paste.
It’s sure a lot of work to come up with new material on a regular basis. Feel free to copy and paste from other people’s blogs or Web sites. (It’s okay, everybody does it.)
Don’t waste your time editing.
This is the number one problem in blogging—overediting! If you continue to waste your time proofreading for typos (which Writer’s Relief can do for you) and checking for libelous statements, you’ll never keep up with your blog.
No one really minds wading through the meandering stream of your consciousness, and we know that you do know the basic rules of spelling and punctuation. You just have better things to do—like trying to figure out whose blog to plagiarize next.
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QUESTION: What bad blogging habits annoy you?
I hate when bloggers don’t offer information that’s actually helpful! Like…okay great you had cornflakes for breakfast…what else you got?
I hate when writers start their blogs with “sorry I haven’t blogged in a while.” I feel like i read it too much. And usually when a writer says that, the damage is already done.
I hate it when there are no pictures or graphics, and it just looks like a boring, dense word document. Throw a colorful picture in here and there! It’s so much nicer visually.