I’m giving a little talk to a group in New York this afternoon on the “art of blogging” and it got me asking the question, “What is the essential core of personal blogging?”
After much pondering on the question, I whittled the entire art form — every single blog post ever written — down to three basic topics, or themes, and the typical responses to these posts from the readership-at-large.
Blog Post Theme #1 —
“This is why the OTHERS are WRONG.” Â TheyÂ act, speak, or think incorrectly, and I will tell you why.
Response from Readers to Blog Post Theme #1 —
“You nailed it. I’m sharing this on Facebook.”
Blog Post Theme #2 —
“This is why I am RIGHT.” Â I work hard. I play hard. I am blessed with good luck.
Response from Readers to Blog Post Theme #2 —
You are AWESOME. I’m sharing this on Twitter.
Blog Post Theme #3 —
“This is my real life, unfiltered, warts and all.”
Response from Readers to Blog Post Theme #3 —
1) Â “Crickets.”
2) Â [HUGS]
3) Â You’re one fucked up asshole.
4) Â I am so proud of your strength and bravery in being so vulnerable online. Â Unfortunately, I need to only surround myself with positive people, so I am unfollowing you everywhere. Â Namaste.
5) Â Thanks for voting for me for my 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year blog post this year, which I will be reading in front of thousands, assuming you DID vote for me. Â And even if you didn’t, it doesn’t really matter. Â I can’t wait to see you and have you hear me read my post out loud! It’s so exciting, right?! Â Check out my other blog posts at —
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