Blogging Resolutions for 2010
In 2010, I resolve to:
1. Double-check for style and grammar.
When I started, I thought blogging would be easy. I wrote and wrote. It was fun, occasionally even thrilling. About a year in, I went back and read one of my early posts.
I couldn't believe I allowed those three wooden, ungrammatical, disorganized paragraphs out on the webosphere where they now sat, indexed, mocking me.
I still wonder how many readers I lost for not proofreading posts. I myself don't read past many mistakes or suffer authors who write like they're transcribing Levi Johnston's sleep-talk.
2. Post fewer cheap "me too/look at this" posts.
This mostly happens in politics (although the last obnoxious case was with the Muppets-singing-Queen video), where somebody posts a youtube video of a certain interview or speech and then every blogger within three degrees of political separation puts up the same video, "Check this out: Obama's teleprompter broke!"
Here's the effect meme-momentuming has on me: The first time I see a significant video or read about a significant event, I'm very appreciative to the blogger for bringing it to my attention. The second instance and beyond, I lose respect for the buzzing bloggers, progressively more the further down I encounter it. I don't want to be the reader's fifth Muppet viewing.
OK, here, if you're not one of the 12 million who've clicked on this monstrosity.
3. Not Digg, Stumbleupon, or Reddit my own posts.
Because it's just lame. You are, in essence, advertising your lame-ness when you Digg your own posts. It's also tedious. And, yes, it's as bad if your mom does it for you.
4. Not worry about hits or traffic.
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5. Not worry about SEO…