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What Makes for a Good Blog?

Merlin Mann of 43 Folders fame has a list of things he thinks makes up a good blog.

I’ve come to believe that creative life in the first-world comes down to those who try just a little bit harder. Then, there’s the other 98%. They’re still eating the free continental breakfast over at FriendFeed. A good blog is written by a blogger who thinks longer, works harder, and obsesses more. Ultimately, a good blogger tries. That’s why “good” is getting rare.

The list is a good one but this paragraph got to me.  He’s totally right and it bothers me because I haven’t put that much time and effort into this site because I have been too busy doing things that I think are quite a bit more important.  It’s a challenge because good writing takes time and time is what I don’t have much of anymore.  It’s crazy but I am in the middle of 24 straight days without a day off.  Some of those days include 16 hour shifts. It’s hard to find the time or the energy to put into the blog.  I cringe when I see posts go live that would be so much better if I had an hour to flesh it out but lately those hours are better spent with Wendy, Mark, Oliver, or just sleeping.

If you stick with me, the quality will return.  I promise but it’s going to take a few weeks.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    What makes a good blog is changing the format every 2 weeks. I personally thought the origional format you’ve had for years is still the best. It’s functional and just ‘worked’.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oops – what I meant to say is:

    What makes a good blog is NOT changing the format every 2 weeks. I personally thought the origional format you’ve had for years is still the best. It’s functional and just ‘worked’.

  3. The problem is that Blogger was no longer working. It was too big to upload to a FTP server any longer. Sorry for the changes around here but Blogger more or less stopped working after too many posts.

  4. daniel says:

    I’ve been saying the same thing for a while–but keep saying “it’s going to take a few months…or years…”

    I like the new blog design and architecture!