Friday, May 25, 2007

Star Tech

Brevity Is Part Of A Blogger’s Brief

In my newspaper column (it’s called Blog Cabin) in the News Limited publication `mX’, published in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, I recently answered a question from David Swift, but the Q&A could be of interest to the wider blogging community.

Could you please give me some feedback on the basics of my blog - design, content and writing style? I would like to get more traffic, as well as reader comments.

You just got yourself the job of PR manager for (retired independent Senator from Tasmania) Brian Harradine - he's probably rapt with the reference to him as ``Brain'' Harradine.

Your template is neat, easy to navigate and lends itself to quick reading. The content could do with a little proof-reading, because writing is obviously your strong point. Not every blogger is a Spelling Bee champion, but a little polish will bring rewards.

You deal with a great variety of subjects, but try including some pictures, graphics or design elements with each post. This will make a great difference to your overall look.

The best blogs are not just well-written, they are well presented. Yours just needs a little attention to pictorial detail. You've done well with the sidebars on breaking news, recent comments, Chuck Norris facts and your choice of quips. If brevity is a blogger's friend, humour is a blogger's trump card.

You've made an impressive start, and the more readers you get, the more comments you will receive. Reply to each comment, as this builds a rapport with your readers. And send Brian Harradine Christmas cards every year.


Dave said...

Hi David,

Thanks again for the review of my 'simple little blog', getting feedback from a 'master' such as yourself is a very valuable commodity for an upstart such as myself. You are my Yoda to me as Luke Skywalker :-)

Over the comming weeks I aim to introduce the suggestions made.

I will keep a close eye on this blog, so I can gleam even more ideas from you and your readers.



david mcmahon said...

Hi Dave,

My pleasure, mate. It's very important for me to be able to share any expertise I have acquired, through my journalism.

It's a learning experience for us all, and by sharing knowledge, we become a much stronger community and more trusting of others.

All I ask is that those whom I help then share that knowledge with others - so it becomes self-perpetuating.

Tell ya something else, Luke - I've never been called Yoda before but I reckon it's a top moniker!

Take care and stay in touch


B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Gosh, with a title like that, I thought it was going to be about pants. Talk about disappointment.

david mcmahon said...

Hi BTBear,

Sorry - I'll find some especially for you. That's what friends are for.