Comments on: Good blogging: do you know it when you see it? http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:24:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Evan http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1514299 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:14:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1514299 I try to follow the ‘only blog when you have something to say’ principle, but end up wracking my brain trying to find ‘something to say’ sometimes. Then other times, news events (such as Thatcher’s death) go so fast, that I feel it’s impossible to blog about and keep things relevant.

Also, I suck at keeping blogposts under 1000 words. My post on Joy Division and film history last week was around 4,500 words! Brevity and I are like two positively charged ions.

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By: Comradde PhysioProffe http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1508217 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 16:00:32 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1508217 And if there are any nubies reading: one of the best ways to generate traffic is to comment intelligently on other people’s blogs, causing them to wonder who you are.

I actually started bloggeing because two motherfuckers whose blogges I was commenting on basically forced me to start my own blogge. One was DrugMonkey–a science blogger focused on the federal NIH funding game–and the other was Driftglass–a political blogger. So that is how my blogge started as a mix of politics and business-of-science shitte.

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By: Tenured Radical http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1507578 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 13:05:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1507578 Agreed, Notorious. And as the originator of the post, I would also say that most of us started out writing the kind of posts we would never write now: things we felt guilty about not having done this week, the “I feel bad about not blogging” post, the “a funny thing happened on the way to a faculty meeting” post, and so on. Which, as long as a person does nothing silly or embarrassing (I did, but what-EVAH) is probably fine. There are a few blogs (Historiann’s was actually one of them, so is Nursing Clio) that are more intentional from the get-go, but lots of them aren’t.)

And if there are any nubies reading: one of the best ways to generate traffic is to comment intelligently on other people’s blogs, causing them to wonder who you are.

But my traffic totally went through the roof when I stepped in the $hit with KC and the Sunshine Band over at DIW. Which just proves that for bloggers, there is really no such thing as bad publicity.

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By: Notorious Ph.D. http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1502336 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:11:59 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1502336 If I could shift the parameters a bit from “good” blogging (beauty being in the eye of the beholder) to “readable/compelling blogging, I’m going to say that it should be both personal and relatable (expecting, of course, that the balance between those two will vary from post to post).

One rule I’ve been unconsciously following is: Only blog when you have something to say. I once read a just-starting blog in which the writer was soliciting opinions as to how often s/he should post. The goal here was to generate traffic, and if that’s the goal, then consistency is important (when I go on long hiatus, my traffic drops way off). But that approach can lead to some pretty empty posts.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1500250 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:31:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1500250 I remember Kids’ Corner too–with Michaela Mejune, playing “Star Trekkin’” night after night, over and over. . .

“it’s the one for old guys who don’t realize their old yet and still think they are hip.” Pretty much! Tell your students that the women who listen are much likelier to know we’re no longer hip, but we’re OK with listening anyway.

And Truffula–I hope you feel better soon. I always get sick in seasonal transitions–must be weird to be looking at winter in June & July.

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By: Western Dave http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1500231 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:24:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1500231 David Dye is a very nice man who hangs out at the coffee shop I like to frequent when school is not in session. That said, his private taste in music is terrible. He loves himself some prog rock. When World Cafe started it was a bizarro mix of prog and world music. He hit on the singer songwriter thing by accident and freely admits it’s not a genre he listens to on his own. How weird is it that World Cafe is so huge it has it’s own performance spaces and eating spot now.

I advise the music club at the K-12. We usually do a thing where everybody describes how and where they listen to music and how they find new music etc. etc. When I said I listened to ‘XPN, one of the kids asked which station that was and I replied “it’s the one for old guys who don’t realize their old yet and still think they are hip.” The club president (who interned at ‘XPN later and worked for Dye) replied “and that’s my dad in a nutshell. He keeps trying to get me to The Finn Brothers.” FWIW I now spend way more time listening to Kids’ Corner.

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1499997 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:56:03 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1499997 Lurching our way into winter here, frosty mornings when it is not rainy. Yesterday I woke up so sick I could barely lift my head from the pillow but the sky was clear and by early afternoon my SO was pestering me to go out and sit in the sun, even if I needed to be bundled up to do it. I struggled my way outside to a chair in the sun and for sure, he was right. I was still sick as a dog but it seemed a lot more tolerable.

Good blogging? I hope to learn something, enjoy the writing, and benefit from the dialog in comments, whether or not I participate.

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By: Comradde PhysioProffe http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1499983 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:47:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1499983 If you like Rock And Roll, check this fucken shitte out:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GCy1XqigE7I

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1499119 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:13:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1499119 Glad you’re hanging out in the garden, and in the 18th C. As long as you don’t have to live there, it’s a lot more fun than the 21st!

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/06/good-blogging-do-you-know-it-when-you-see-it/comment-page-1/#comment-1499040 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:56:02 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21376#comment-1499040 No apologize for stuck in 18th c! But can we haz a creepy doll head post from said garden at some point, maybe with a cat or two on the side?** I can see the World Cafe from out my back window, at least part of the year, but don’t really listen. I do remember David Dye from ‘MMR back in the days, though, as well as all of the other ‘XPN alums and emigres who worked there.

This is the only blog I read, save for an occasional click-through on a link here.

** More VU, too, svp.

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