What Makes A Blog Attractive?

While doing some reading over some attractive blogs, I noticed some techniques that occurred in the majority of them. These techniques grabbed my interest and obviously many other readers. I broke these techniques into five categories. These techniques were quite evident in many of these successful blogs and attracted many viewers.

Here are the five points to which think makes a blog successful:

1-      Clear- When I say clear I mean that the blog is well written. The vocabulary was well put and very concise. They aren’t boring and dull.  The words made me feel comfortable when I read a good blog. When I say comfortable, I mean that the average human being can understand the material but at the same time the  words are still advanced. The material is casually expressed.

2-      Structure- The structure in these well written blogs are organized. I think that it makes it easier to read when opinions are short and put into individual paragraphs. I found it attractive when the sentence structure was efficient in many of those blogs. When there is a good mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences I find it more attractive as well. I believe having Declarative, Interrogative, Imperative, and Exclamatory  sentences are also essential to having an attractive blog. It mixes things up and makes it fun to read.

3-      Hyperlinks- I found it very reliable when the blog used hyperlinks to make their blog more credible. This was important to get a good insight to see where they are coming from. It expressed quick and efficient information; however it gave me an option to pursue the subject more if I wanted more information on the material.

4-      Videos/pictures- Videos and pictures were also a trend that I saw on most of the blogs that I read. They gave me an visual experience on what they are writing about. It casually expresses their informative opinion or gives an visual example of something. It made it a lot easier on me to get what they were saying.

5-      Informative opinions- I found the blogs that had very informative opinions were more easier to read and that was what attracted me to the blog. When a blog makes me think about a topic that interests me it grabs my attention. I think that that is extremely important because it gives me an opportunity to think about it and develop my own opinion.

I will leave you with the opportunity to research through some blogs and develop some opinions on what makes a blog successful. Look closely at those blogs and see if those 5 techniques truly give an edge to a blogger.


Credit Where Credits Due


So today I am here to address the fact of giving credit when credit is due.

People on the internet partake in Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other sites that can cause issues when we are spreading the word of blogs, pictures, videos, news articles and many more things that people share. This can cause problems if we take credit for some link that wasn’t ours. The question that people find hard to grasp is; what kind of credit do we give to the source we got it from? For me it is quite simple. When discussing this topic in a university class the result was quite evident that people want recognition for their work.

There obviously has to be credit towards the original link. Weather it is a tune from a song where a person changes the lyrics or a picture that we edit. Even if there is the most simplistic piece of material like a tune, recognition has to be given to the owner.  I think this is important for the simple reason that, that source was not yours. Even if there is something similar from another source, you need to give them that acknowledgement because that was not your original thought.

Now, here is the grey area!

 When there is a chain link going to Facebook for example, do we source every person that has shared that link up until you got it? I think that is pretty much impossible when you when you think of how big and fast the internet operates. However; in my opinion, I think there should be some sort of common courtesy that people should have to mention the person they got it from. For example, there are many statuses on Facebook that are translated from memes or pictures. People take that credit for these statuses and in no way can that be right. At the same time how do people regulate this?

Just some food for thought.