Monday, August 30, 2010

What Makes A Great Blog?

Neile Jones, a news anchor from KNWA in Northwest Arkansas, recently asked Arkansas Women Bloggers "What is the key to a great Blog?"

I think that everyone has their own opinion on this, there is not just one thing that makes a great blog. Let Neile know what you think by leaving a comment below.

9 comments:

  1. Alright Neile, here is my humble opinion. There are different definitions of a great blog. Maybe it's a blog that gets a lot of comments or a lot of people reading it because it provides great information or maybe it's a blog that does a lot of reviews/giveaways; however, for me great blogs are the ones I enjoy reading: the "real blogs" of people I can relate to. The blogs that aren't over-done with fancy headings or sidebars - the blogs that I can connect with. As a mom, I enjoy reading other "mom blogs." I appreciate the support and connection I get from the blog connections I make. It really is an amazing community - something I have come to value immensely.

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  2. A blog or blogs that keep me informed in subject matters I am interested in with a personal touch to who they are and what is going on in their lives.

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  3. I like a blog that I can relate to as far as the stage of life I am in (wife and kids), my interests (local food, farmers markets, cooking), and one that is well-written with good pictures. It does not have to be flashy, just real - authentic women sharing their lives.
    The Park Wife

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  4. Being a blog author and reader for 2 years I have read my fair share. I enjoy blogs that talk day to day life, fun and upbeat but doesn't sugar coat the bad days. Basically a REAL person. I have always tried to be me with all my faults and that has always done me well on my blog :)

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  5. I like fresh, positive content (not so much the "I'm know I haven't been updating but I've been really busy" posts every four days!) and an authentic voice!

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  6. For me, first and foremost, a blog has to be well written. I like blogs that I can relate to, but that also offer a perspective that differs from my own. I like a mix of personal and informative posts. As a blogger, I like to read posts that inspire me to write posts for my own blog.

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  7. I second all the comments above, especially about being well-written. Good writing can get me interested in topics that don't necessarily relate to my own life.

    But I would add one new criteria on a good blog: interactivity. I can't say I've quite figured out how to create/channel that, but it's good when it happens. Comments (and responses by the author), contests, collaborative items, q & a pieces, etc. ... anything that gets the reader involved and creates interaction with the writer.

    So, basically, this post is a great example! ;)

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  8. I can be entertained by the simplest topic if the writing style is intriguing and engaging. I like real, but I can't define that term. I just know it when I read it. If I click away feeling like I just had a conversation with someone, or I just learned something, then that makes my day. If I giggle, or cry, or THINK, then I will definitely come back for more. Writers who are all of the above rock my blog reader.

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  9. The writer must have an authentic voice and subjects must be varied, stimulating, and well-written. Save the 'what I had for lunch' type info for FB or tweets. Informative and interesting subject matter with universal appeal is what prompts followers to weigh in...

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