The Natural Laws of Blogging:
- The amount of posts from your favorite bloggers is directly proportionate to the amount of time you don’t have to read them. When you’re busy and have little time for reading blogs, everybody on your bloggy friends list is posting. When you’re bored and there’s nothing on TV and the house actually vaguely resembles a functional home, nobody is posting. Do you guys realize I rely on you for entertainment!? I don’t think so. You’ve left me with nothing to read many, many times.
- We all claim we don’t care what the stats page says. We all know that’s a lie too. Of course there’s more important things, but we all check that stats page at least once a day. Who am I kidding? Most of you probably have the android app and check it whenever you have a few minutes to kill. Or is that just me? (Oops…)
- Titles matter. Still, most of us suck at them (myself included). It’s a problem.
- The day after you write about a topic, somebody will write about it in an almost identical manner and get Freshly Pressed for it.*
- The post with the most comments is frequently not the post that gets the most views, no matter what it looks like to people who don’t see your stats page.
- Posts that require lots of time to write, divulge personal experiences, expect a certain level of intellectual on-switching from your readers (not to say they aren’t smart, but they don’t always want to engage so deeply), or those which you are simply most proud of, will be read about five times. Alternately, the posts you simply bang out in ten minutes, picture and citation included, will spike your stats before midnight rolls around.
- Some of the best bloggers to read are impossible to find and can only be discovered by repeatedly clicking through *other* people’s comments. Unless, of course, they find you first.
- If you seek it out, you can learn more from blogs than many other forms of media.
- People will find your blog through the most oddly perverted terms, but trying to play on the internet users’ love of porn will get exactly no more hits.
- As soon as you confess something you think is quite unique to you, your comments will prove you so, so, so wrong.
- Right when you think you might give up on blogging and tell yourself it’s actually very impersonal, somebody comments on something you wrote in a way that is so intuitive or insightful that it reaches through the technology that allows the interaction and touches directly on your heart.
*One does not get angry at the Freshly Pressed gods for this because one understands that there are a bajillion blogs out there and at least 1,000 people writing about the same topic in the same way with similar quality. The gods must spread their love around, and, sometimes, blindly throw darts at a board covered with different blogs because the decision making process must be brutal.