Another post I just read led to this fount of wisdom, perhaps. This article, gives me some material to consider. The premise is this,
Your blog sucks.
Most do, and all for the same reasons. The same 10 reasons.
So let’s apply this list of reasons to this blog and see if I can do a little self-criticism:
1. You use syndicated content. [snip]
Not applicable. I can think of my own articles without having to rehash others. Criticism rejected.
2. Your blog is boring. There I said it. Write about topics that interest me, your reader, not topics that interest you. I want you to keep me engaged, entertain me and teach me. Otherwise, you’re boring me.
OK, you’ve partly got me here. I do write about what I want, but, dear reader how am I supposed to know what you want. I’ll settle for “success” if I manage to get something unexpected in at least one in three of my posts. But, OTOH, this blog is for me and if you don’t like it you can stuff it. Well maybe, attention is still nice. Criticism taken under advisement.
3. Your blog revolves around your person. Stop talking about yourself already. I don’t know you personally, and I couldn’t care less about your ramblings. Tell me something I can use in my own life. Facts, stories, not boring personal stuff.
OK, OK, enough already. While I don’t do all the personal stuff lots of others do, I probably do too much. So I promise to only mention me/I in at most one in 2.5 posts. Criticism accepted.
4. Oh no, not your favorite music on auto-play! [snip]
Fortunately, not applicable. I hate music or sound in any web page. Not applicable, but valid.
5. You use clip art. I can spot it a mile away. The model smiling, the perfect family spending the day at the beach, the marathon runner – all license free clip art. And with free clip art, you get what you pay for.
Agreed, I only steal the best or create my own. Not applicable, but valid.
6. I can’t find the post I want to read. So I have to scroll down through pages and pages to find the piece you posted two months ago. First, even the simplest blog platforms allow for categories and search boxes.
Not my fault, blame WordPress or search engines. I use ample supply of tags and categories. Criticism rejected.
7. Your writing totally sucks. Oh, not the writing itself. You’ve got a good writing style. Easy to read. But your posts are loaded with typos, misspellings, lost punctuation and other mistakes that signal you don’t care enough about your readers.
I might agree but not for the reason you supply. Undoubtedly I make mistakes but I avoid most of the trivial ones. Now, if you’d said “the writing itself” I’d be more inclined to agree. Criticism taken under advisement.
8. You’re spinning articles. You might not be using software to actually spin the articles, but you are writing about the same stuff everyone else inside your niche is. [snip] Write something interesting or go home.
Interesting is in the eye of the beholder. Now, frankly, do you really claim anyone can write anything completely novel (you didn’t). Anything that doesn’t overlap, at least a little, with others on the same topic would be so hopelessly obscure it would violate your principle #2. Criticism only slightly true and rejected, so stuff it. I am home.
9. You post once a month. [snip]
Well, a simple one for a change. Done, so rejected.
10. Your blog looks like 12023532989 other blogs. WordPress offers hundreds of templates from which to choose. So, if you choose Minima Brown, your blog will look like all the other writers who build blogs using Minima Brown (or Blue).
Well I could probably modify the theme to some awful color set, but I don’t particularly care if mine looks like everyone else’s – I accept the conventional wisdom in design. Don’t you like my pictures for banner and background? They’re totally me and fit my theme and if you don’t like that your attention span is too short. Judged irrelevant, so rejected.
I guess this didn’t offer much help and my blog will have to sit forever in obscurity. The one criticism you didn’t mention that I think is a lot more challenging is the issue of sticking to a couple of topics (instead of wading around everywhere). That’s more problematic. Clearly it’s good advice to stay focused, but it’s also boring. So I guess I’ll just have to stay unread – good thing I’m not trying to make any money off this, I’m too thin-skinned for criticism (or there I go again, talking about me).