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Little Miss Attila: Blogging Guidelines

Posted on | February 10, 2010 | 14 Comments

by Smitty

LMA has an excellent start on a list of guidelines for blogging. Absolutely nothing technical here; this is the etiquette piece that is sadly lacking.

It is also not a practical traffic guide, like Stacy’s How To Get A Million Hits piece.

One thing I’d add is to hold before yourself the bandwidth limitations of the medium. The bulk of the time, when someone has pissed you off personally, the problem has roots in misinterpretation or simple failure. Take your readers, your stories, other bloggers seriously. Yourself? Don’t be a doormat, but strive to under-react, and see if what’s ailing you doesn’t reveal itself significantly smaller on third or forth glance.

Comments

14 Responses to “Little Miss Attila: Blogging Guidelines”

  1. LIttle Miss Attila
    February 11th, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    Well, then, I shall underreact, and assume that you are NOT referring to DD’s attacks on my family, and implying that I was wrong to get worked up over them.

  2. LIttle Miss Attila
    February 10th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    Well, then, I shall underreact, and assume that you are NOT referring to DD’s attacks on my family, and implying that I was wrong to get worked up over them.

  3. Dan Collins
    February 11th, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    I’m good at underreacting. Hell, I’m like a NUCLEAR underreactor.

  4. Dan Collins
    February 10th, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    I’m good at underreacting. Hell, I’m like a NUCLEAR underreactor.

  5. smitty
    February 10th, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    @LMA,
    I’m absolutely not attempting to apply any generalization to a specific situation, in particular, yours.

    In particular, I had in mind as I wrote that a post I’d written wherein I offered a strong opinion about something, and had an inch-high F-bomb in the email from a reader who disagreed.

    There is a fairly consistent track record of me trying to be a peacemaker when dragged into stuff, which would be a variation on this theme.

  6. smitty
    February 11th, 2010 @ 1:58 am

    @LMA,
    I’m absolutely not attempting to apply any generalization to a specific situation, in particular, yours.

    In particular, I had in mind as I wrote that a post I’d written wherein I offered a strong opinion about something, and had an inch-high F-bomb in the email from a reader who disagreed.

    There is a fairly consistent track record of me trying to be a peacemaker when dragged into stuff, which would be a variation on this theme.

  7. Chuck Cross
    February 11th, 2010 @ 2:51 am

    Blessed are the peacemakers..

  8. Chuck Cross
    February 10th, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    Blessed are the peacemakers..

  9. Patrick
    February 11th, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    @Smitty

    Was it really that big? πŸ˜‰

  10. Patrick
    February 11th, 2010 @ 1:18 am

    @Smitty

    Was it really that big? πŸ˜‰

  11. LIttle Miss Attila
    February 11th, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    The F-Bomb, or the Peacemaker? I’ve never seen either one of those come in at at under six inches . . .

    You know how it is: God created men and women; Sam Colt made ’em equal. πŸ˜‰

    Blessings upon you!–and, all best. See you in a week or whatever.

  12. LIttle Miss Attila
    February 11th, 2010 @ 1:36 am

    The F-Bomb, or the Peacemaker? I’ve never seen either one of those come in at at under six inches . . .

    You know how it is: God created men and women; Sam Colt made ’em equal. πŸ˜‰

    Blessings upon you!–and, all best. See you in a week or whatever.

  13. John Doe
    February 11th, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    I’d add one more caveat: Don’t drink and blog. “What was I thinking,” he mumbled to himself.

  14. John Doe
    February 11th, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    I’d add one more caveat: Don’t drink and blog. “What was I thinking,” he mumbled to himself.