Blog Community Project: Habits of Effective Bloggers
By lskrocki on May 24, 2006
Here's my quick list:
Mrs. Manners might disagree, but don't call attention to your lack of blogging by being overly-apologetic. How many times have we written or read a blog entry that begins with..."Sorry I haven't blogged in a while..." and ends with "I promise to blog more often."? The truth of the matter is most people won't notice the lapse unless you're a serious blog-celeb; and in that case, blogging is probably your profession so you know to let your readers know that you'll be MIA for a while and will have a blog-sub filling in during your absence.
Brevity is good. Expanding on this one will dilute my point.
Be at least a little personally transparent. This isn't an issue with the 'all about me blogs', but blogs that are laser focused on a speicific topic still need to be engaging. Imagine hanging out with someone who only talks about 'X' and never shows any signs of a soul. It's entirely possible to focus on a topic while being, well, human. If you'd rather pass on the humanization element, perhaps ditch the blog and post a website instead.
One of the best lists of effective blogging habits is Sun's blogging policy...trust me, it doesn't read anything like a stereo-typical policy. It's great blogging advice.