Monthly Archives: January 2010

If Your Blog Disappeared, Who Would Miss It?

Ryan Imel over at Copyblogger has put up a post asking who would miss your blog if it disappeared? He then goes on to talk about how you can avoid being easily forgotten about or replaced.

He gives tips like targetting your audience, being unique, interacting with your readers, and creating content that can’t be duplicated.

Here is a snippet from the article:

You’re reading CopyBlogger because (hopefully) you recognize that your writing has a lot to do with your blogging. In fact, it’s really the most important part. Dumb Little Man, for example, has a pretty lame design and a silly navigational system. But the writing is quality, and the style is unique. The more unique you are, the greater the chance you’ll be missed if you disappear.

I love these types of articles because they remind the best bloggers why they are blogging. Many bloggers don’t take these points and remember them as they work on posts on their blog, thus being pushed into the noise of the millions of blogs being created every day. If you want to stand out from the crowd, memorize these points and make it part of your blogging routine to follow the mentioned tips.

Emoticons: Keep Them Out of Posts

I have a little pet peeve that I want to share with all of you. I hate seeing emoticons in posts. Those little images of happy or sad faces do not equal a thousand words, despite what you have heard about images.

Even worse, on some blogs they are styled incorrectly, and either have too much or too little spacing, and don’t align properly with the surrounding text. And don’t get me started on the ones with borders around them!

Emoticons should only be used in the occasional comment, and in e-mails or instant messaging conversations.

Some people might think that personal blog posts can be spruced up with emoticons, but I think it just waves the lack of professionalism in the face of everyone that reads the post.

So please, I beg of you, don’t use emoticons in your post.