the blogging code, that is. because i love blogs. that intimate look into strangers' and friends' lives to feed the voyeur in me is part of my daily routine. i search for new blogs every so often and i can quickly tell if it's going to annoy me to death if it doesn't adhere to most, if not all, of the following rules (listed in no particular order other than this is how i thought them up just this moment):
- do not address your "readers" or "fans". who are you?
- do not make apologies for being busy with your life and NOT blogging for 2 days and disappointing your "readers" (see #1).
- do not apply center spacing to all of the text in your post. layout is important, people.
- courier font? REALLY? no. no no no. it is not cute and typewriteresque. it's an assault on the eyes. two latin words: sans serif.
- do not just re-post stuff from other blogs or the internet. if the entire purpose of your blog is to recycle other peoples' content, then just get a bunch of followers on your google reader and SHARE stuff.
- do post something at least once a week (if you can). otherwise, people lose interest.
- piggybacking on #5, do not just post photos that other people took, especially if you don't give them credit. i'm fooled for a second thinking "wow, what a great photographer!!". (but you're totally not.)
- to me, proper capitalization via internet communication has never mattered, but spelling, grammar, and punctuation sho' as snuff do.
- don't be purposely vague/sad/emo to get attention. yawn.
- remember above all else - this is the internet. it is accessible to everyone. your friends, parents, enemies, and even your ex-boyfriends and creepy people who stalk you.
and now for some blogs that i always really like:
My Milk Toof
Pacing the Panic Room
How About Orange