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The Best Blog Idea May 26, 2016

Posted by anagasto in blogging.
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This is not about the best blog, but only about the best I D E A for a blog.

1. There is little IMHO and little Wikipedia rehash.

2.  The material is in itself dramatic so that there is no literary fiddling.

3.  The (daily) search for new material is instructive. There is no waste of time. You actually learn from your blog.

Such a blog could be maintained at a reasonable effort. A great example  is

http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/

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Depending on your line of interest, you would see Queen Elizabeth photographed by Dorothy Wilding….

(The author tells the story of every photo.
He says that the Queen is wearing the George IV State Diadem and the necklace presented for her wedding by Nizam of Hyderabad.)

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or a picture taken by a hidden camera of people looking into a shop window where there was a painting of a naked lady:


This picture and its story is  at http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/un-regard-oblique/   : “an oblique look”

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or a terribly sad picture of the French standing in the street watching the Nazi victory parade.

In case you don’t know, this is what it feels like to be invaded, when soldiers in foreign uniforms march through your town or set up check points on your highways. You would tell your children and your grandchildren about it.

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The list below shows his readers’ preferences:

Brooke Shields by Gary Gross
The Torture of Samuel Doe
The Tennis Girl
Sonja in Her Bath
Sex by Madonna
The Fraternal Kiss
What if … Atom Bombs Weren’t Used
The Duchess of York’s Toe Scandal
Hiroshima, 6th August 1945
The Death of Princess Diana

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Magazine style vs Diary

I read that originally blogs were described as newspapers on a small personal scale.

A home town newspaper?
It is a good idea and would probably in time become commercial to take on local advertising.
It could also be great to display photos reporting how wonderful or how mean or how mindless or exciting the latest developments in Tinyville have been.
But it is only for people who know their way around town in more than one way.

A  company newspaper desguised as town newspaper?

Ah! Now I don’t work for a  company anymore, but a company is a gold mine of stories that never come to light.

Imagine 20 or 50 or 100 people shut up together for 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, obliged to act as if they greatly appreciated each other and their work, meanwhile also competing against each other for the next best job in the same place.

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THE  W O R S T  BLOGGING IDEA

Of course I am biased against confessional or introspective bloggings. This is highly subjective, but I have yet to see one of those that was successful.

What’s the problem?

It tires the blogger out, because he has to be friendly to all of his readers, and it is a  fact of life that only children accept nearly all their playmates more or less equally. Adults have their preferences. And sooner or later it shows — and so has to be hidden.

And it tires the blogger out

because she most probably has to dramatize events and situations unless she realizes that all the interest is on her periphery and not inside her!  NOT in her various feelings, but in her perception of what she is up against, the outer world, especially  people.

That is half the problem.

The other half is that there develops a relationship between the participants. Unless they become very many, a hundred or more every day, they get to know each other and so fatally begin to show preferences. And they are always the same! It could even be that at about 30 participants, there is a critical point where the circle stops growing.

Strangers who come to the blog feel that it is a closed circle — which it isn’t, but it feels like that! Why is that? I don’t know.

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And yet

Once I did see a blog that was 100% about herself, though absolutely not introspective and incredibly successful. She used herself as a  photo model,  set herself up in pretty places like restaurants, parks, sea shores, and  showed off the things she was wearing saying: look at my shoes. I bought these yesterday for 30 dollars. See my handbag? Do you like my new handbag? It cost 100 dollars, which is rather more than I can afford, but who could resist such a pretty handbag? And what about my new jeans? They are a bit too tight, don’t you think?

She even had photos of herself in the shop trying on new things!

:-D

Showing off what she chose and what she rejected! It never sounded like paid ads, maybe because all the shops were in her own little town. —

And, I forgot to say, she wasn’t vain. It was babble, as if talking to herself in front of a mirror, but not idolatrous at all.

It was a German blog, but I have lost its address.

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Comments»

1. David - February 13, 2011

I like this post on the topic of blogging. Of course I agree with your assessment of what makes a blog worthwhile, but as my tastes often run toward entertainment and amusement, I would add a category after your #2 to include well-written humor blogs. There are a few I’ve managed to find that are consistently imaginative. Moonbeam is a good example, though she writes dramatically sometimes. Perhaps she is an exception to your bias?

Thank you for pointing out the Iconic Images blog. I should have noticed it before.

2. S. Le - February 13, 2011

The Iconic Images blog is a brilliant site!

Herself was really quite lovely back then, yeah?

(wandered in from Thoughts 0 Dave’s place)

cantueso - February 14, 2011

???
Who is “herself”?

cantueso - February 14, 2011

I think there is a misunderstanding.

I.e. I didn’t mean that these are the three requirements for a blog to be great, but these are the three properties or advantages of that (kind of) blog as seen from the blogger’s point of view, not the reader’s.

Maybe in my post I can add “advantages” and “from the blogger’s point of view”.
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Added later:
I changed the beginning. Thanks for the hint.

David - February 14, 2011

You’re right, I missed that your recommendations were from the blogger’s perspective. Sorry about that. But I was also trying to inject comic alongside your ‘dramatic’.

Methinks you undervalue comedy. More likely is that I am too coarse to appreciate your subtle (Swiss/German) sense of humor. :)

David - February 15, 2011

Never mind, upon further thought I remembered that ‘dramatic’ includes comic and tragic.

cantueso - February 15, 2011

But I didn’t add “blogger’s perspective” until I saw that the “properties” of such a blog could be misunderstood as “requirements”.

I also prefer comedy to tragedy as entertainment, but good comedy is a lot harder to find.

3. Chetaeu - September 13, 2011

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