That's a great guide. I'm not sure that I like blogs as much as message boards though. Message boards offer more interaction but, if you want to engage in ranting, there's usually ample space? I like the feedback and the sense of an ongoing "cocktail party" where people wander in and wander off too. I don't get that from blogs that seem a bit more "rockstarry" to me? Perhaps ironically, I wrote a blog on the subject of "blog vs. forum" a while ago.
Good job Sysy for a very entertaining read!
I agree, AR, and probably feel even more strongly. I always feel a bit irritated when there is a thread and somebody directs you to a blog, instead of just saying what they want to say. I think you are right that message boards are dialogues, while blogs are monologues. I think blogs are part of the trend of "making public" what is more appropriately private. Like people that tweet their every move as if somebody would really care that I went to the market and did my laundry today. I also happen to think writers are special talented people with something unique to say, and well, not everyone is a writer!
This with apologies to those few whose blogs I actually feel serve a purpose such as Melitta who has accumulated so much good information on LADA.
I'm also a bit amused by the idea of a "short guide" that is 15 pages long. I once bought a computer desk and the instructions to put it together were 22 pages long - I was terrified!
Thanks Emily and Sysy, this is a great guide for anyone contemplating their own blog. I enjoyed reading it and the illustrations were beautiful.
I love to write blogs and wrote some on TuD, but unfortunately I run low on inspiration for new ones. Congratulations to all you folks already writing blogs for the benefit of us all, either on your own websites or here on TuD.