4 common blogging mistakes – (en)

4 COMMON BLOGGING MISTAKES_Dugutigui
In the age of technology we are continuously challenged to discover new works of culture —and, in the process, we don’t allow any one of them to assume a weight in our minds. The basket overflows; people get overwhelmed; the eye of the storm is not so much what goes on in the world, it is the confusion of how to think, feel, digest, and react to what goes on.
Traditional ways to deal with information —reading, listening, writing, talking— are painfully slow in comparison to “viewing the big picture.” Organizations are collecting so much data they’re overwhelmed. Families are no different; we have more things on disk, more photos, more items stored than we’ll ever have to allocate time for. Since Kodachrome made way for jpeg, pictures accumulate on hard drives like wet leaves in a gutter.
Computers thwart, contort, and befuddle us. We mess around with fonts, headers, themes, slowing down or increasing mouse speed. We tweak and we piddle. We spend countless hours preparing posts that most people forget in seconds [in case they notice them].
We know ears need to be cleaned regularly [although this is a job that should be done in private using one’s own truck keys], so let’s recall the harsh truth about blogging: your readers don’t need another blog post. What your readers need is you —your wisdom, your ideas, your unique stories. Never take your readers’ attention for granted. Their time is precious. Use it wisely.
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Blogging Mistake #1: Do you think you need to publish daily?
Let me be myself [everyone else is already taken] for a second. This approach annoys me more than all the rest combined. When you publish blog posts without adding any value to conversations, you end up wasting my precious pixels.
Don’t waste people’s time with an endless stream of blog posts. Only write when you have something to say. If emptiness is empty, how can something be borne or awaken from it?
Blogging Mistake #2: Are you being self-indulgent?
Do not trade the delights of your suffering for anything in the world, and consider unhappiness as the ultimate form of self-indulgence. The harsh truth is your readers aren’t interested in you, your twopenny life.
Talking about your experiences could be fine only if it can add color and personality to your posts. And for that you have to get lost before you can be found. When you want to write a story about your life, ask yourself: What’s in it for my readers?
Blogging Mistake #3: Lame headlines?
Some people make headlines while others make history. In any case, don’t derail yourself right at the beginning. Your headline is the first, and perhaps only, impression you make on a prospective reader. On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. So, writing great headlines is a critical skill. Keep them simple. The simpler, the better.
Blogging Mistake #4: Are you adding to the noise?
Show some mercy to my time. When you kill it, remember that it has no resurrection. Sadly, quality, relevant content can’t be spotted by an algorithm. Publishing material indiscriminately that lacks substance adds to the noise, and diminishes your credibility.
It’s a secondhand world we’re born into. What you need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Personality is necessary.  Sense of humor also defines people. If you have it in you, do something that characterizes you. Develop your own blogging voice.
I’m sorry if above sounds harsh or surprises anyone, but this is where we are and how I see it. If you want the outcome to be different, you will have to do something about it.
Suggestions welcome!
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About Dugutigui

In the “Diula” language in Mali, the term « dugutigui » (chief of the village), literally translated, means: «owner of the village»; «dugu» means village and «tigui», owner. Probably the term is the result of the contraction of «dugu kuntigui» (literally: chief of the village).
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53 Responses to 4 common blogging mistakes – (en)

  1. Gede Prama says:

    Thank you friend for sharing this article quite interesting, hopefully we all get real happiness yamg rays began to warm our hearts and make the heart glad, when we can share it with sincere to each other. Affectionate greetings from Gede Prama🙂🙂

  2. uthamz says:

    Excellent post ! Brief and to-the- point !

    utham

  3. smilecalm says:

    now you’re getting personal!
    perhaps it’s suggested
    i should publish a post
    when i have something
    to say!
    not such a bad idea 🙂

    • Dugutigui says:

      Don’t take it personal. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream [or their own failure]🙂

      But yes, publish a post when you have something to say! Hahahaha! [And yes, I know, how can I say to my brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when I myself do not see the log that is in my own eye? I hypocrite should first take the log out of my own eye, and then I will see clearly to take out the speck that is in my brother’s eye.🙂🙂 ]

  4. Sandee says:

    I used to blog every day — I felt compelled. Now I blog whenever I feel like it, sometimes more than a month has passed before I do. I started to promote my book and found that blogging was more than I had signed on for. I had no idea what I was getting into. But, now I’m here.

    • Dugutigui says:

      That’s what I’m doing myself!
      For the rest, one final paragraph of advice: Don’t believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.🙂

  5. Malin H says:

    Do you think you need to publish daily?: I don’t think so, but I do that.
    Are you being self-indulgent?: Maybe, maybe not… And I know that my readers aren’t interested in me, but some of them are (maybe it’s only in my imagination).
    Lame headlines?: I’m trying to keep them simple, but maybe my headlines are lame.
    Are you adding to the noise?: I don’t know, I don’t think so.

    An interesting post about how difficult it actually is in trying to be heard. And (for some reason) we all want/need to be seen and heard (more than ever).

    The bottom line… should I continue blogging. Maybe I should quit while I’m on top and then… I’m just gone and noone remembers me at all, because noone really cares. But that’s life.

    • Dugutigui says:

      I know the feeling, how strange it is what drives us may abandon us midstream, how what tickles our ears with lies one moment may tell us truths that knock us on our emotional ass the next.
      I think life is similar to a bus ride. The journey begins when we board the bus.
      We meet people along our way of which some are strangers, some friends and some strangers yet to be friends. There are stops at intervals and people board in.
      At times some of these people make their presence felt, leave an impact through their grace and beauty on us fellow passengers while on other occasions they remain indifferent.
      But then it is important for some people to make an exit, to get down and walk the paths they were destined to because if people always made an entrance and never left either for the better or worse, then we would feel suffocated and confused like those people in the bus, the purpose of the journey would lose its essence and the journey altogether would neither be worthwhile nor smooth. I made an exit some time ago https://damantigui.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/farewell-en , but people complained so much🙂🙂 I had to board again…

      • Malin H says:

        Wise said.
        I know exactly what you mean. You put words on this issue and I like that a lot.

        I made an exit as well a long time ago in a former WP blog I had. In May 2012 I decided to start blogging again. And of course, I really appreciate the followers/readers and I got some special friends too.

        Sometimes I’m so fed up with everything and feel that I just want to move out into the woods, to get away from just about everything.

        I will check your farewell post.😉

      • Dugutigui says:

        I think it happens to most of us. Just when you though things were starting to get better, everything had gone wrong again, as insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results… For a while [“for a while” is a phrase whose length can’t be measured. At least by the person who’s waiting] I’m in stand by, waiting to depart, not to the woods, back to Africa… and waiting is the most difficult bit. As a consolation, I think that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them🙂🙂

      • Malin H says:

        Mmm. I know what you mean. And I do agree, people who are late are so much jollier than those who have to wait for them.

        And now some OT:

        The american author Fran Lebowitz said that “the opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”

      • Dugutigui says:

        It could have more than one sense … most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they wait with the intent to reply🙂

      • Malin H says:

        😉

  6. puzzleblume says:

    I prefer it simple. I don’t care.

  7. amberafrica says:

    Did you have to go and kill my new enthusiasm for blogging🙂 I was on the verge of such big things,haha. Great post!!!

    • Dugutigui says:

      Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm Hahahaha!!
      Seriously, thank you first, and then, be sure my intention was pure … that which does not kill us makes us stronger [a pure intention, as you can see…🙂 ]
      On other hand I believe you have not only strength, but an indomitable will.🙂 [As a brave man I acknowledge the strength of others]🙂🙂

  8. To my way of thinking–people publish godawfully long blog posts. Brevity is appreciated. I mean, I have other things to do….

    Naturally, the insecure person inside me thinks this article is all about me. The egocentric person inside me does, too. Fortunately, I have a Zenmaster in there (godawfully crowded) who walks a different path. More 8 shaped, an’ all…

    There will be no more literary work of merit at the rate we are going.

    (I abbreviated the above mentioned, but decided the acronym might be misleading)

    • Dugutigui says:

      Whatever happens around this blog, don’t take it personally…
      For the rest I’m agreed with you! Internet and literature seem antonyms…
      The truth is that sometimes I write long post … because I have no time to make them short …🙂

  9. Java Girl says:

    In your experience, do you think there is a connection between how a blogger writes and how they act in real life? Do you think a person who writes a long blog would make a good conversationalist compared to a blogger who only writes a short blog? Just curious. I’m a good conversationalist in real life if I were to meet a stranger. Great post!

    • Dugutigui says:

      My experience in blogging is limited, as I’m not a professional blogger, but trying to answer you question, I don’t think a blogger that writes a long blog makes necessarily a good conversationalist, at least any more than going to church makes someone a Christian. Not even a good writer would make a good conversationalist, and vice versa.
      A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. Blogging is mostly a monologue. Conversations consist for the most part of things one does not say. In blogging sometimes we say things we otherwise wouldn’t mention in a normal conversation. A good conversationalist probably is a person with appetite for loneliness, and there is something about this solitude that freed conversation. Most bloggers, al least I am, are loners, and when you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.
      Thank you very much for your good point [and conversation]!

  10. El Guapo says:

    Excellent post!
    I will take these guidelines into consideration whence I start my daily posting of my 72-part opus, Ode To Socks I wore Last Month.

    Or not. Yeah, probably not.
    (Though I’d have broken all the rules by day two!)

    • Dugutigui says:

      Thank you very much!
      The post is just my personal opinion [and everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own, which is probably my case]. On other hand, if you know the rules well, you can break them effectively🙂

  11. Eric Alagan says:

    These mistakes are “common” all right!

    • Dugutigui says:

      Probably I will die of a sort of creeping “common” sense [and discover, when it is too late, that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes]🙂🙂
      Thanks for the comment!

  12. Aliosa says:

    Thank you for your like !
    Regards,
    Aliosa.

  13. FeyGirl says:

    Excellent! Some of the best writing out there is often the most succinct. Rambling is easy, as is throwing out nonsense. I do it all the time… “Sometimes the thoughts in my head get so bored they go out for a stroll through my mouth. This is rarely a good thing.” (Scott Westerfield)

    • Dugutigui says:

      I’m completely agreed with you, although I also too often break my own rules🙂 I think the point is that there are several fundamental differences between a blog and a book. One is the length of texts [if you want to be read]. As ridiculous, I think, would be to write a one page book, as a 500-pages post.
      Thanks for your comment!

  14. carsonblue says:

    I don’t know. I disagree with points one and two. I think if someone can be creative and tell a story (well), whether it be personal, objective, daily, weekly, monthly, or once in a lifetime, it deserves to be told (or in this case written.)
    Points three and four are subjective to the reader in my opinion.
    Good post nonetheless.
    Cheers,
    Carson

  15. I’ve tried to keep my posts short and sweet, with a picture for the background.

    • Dugutigui says:

      It sounds as my sexual life🙂 [the way I try to keep it …]
      I’m agreed. I believe simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.
      Thanks a lot for your comment!

  16. Some interesting pointers here. Well said.
    NS

  17. sandradan1 says:

    I absolutely agree! SD

  18. bafriyie says:

    Can anything be resurrected?

    It’s true, readers want to see themselves reflected in your posts, something that may be hard to keep in mind, but is nevertheless true.

    • Dugutigui says:

      I’ve been a little busy lately and I’m sorry for the delay in answering.
      Good writing tells us the truth about its essence; but bad writing tells us the truth about its author.🙂
      Thank you very much for your comment!

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