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What criteria creates 'a good blogger'?

Previously to reading a Thoughts.com opinion that some bloggers here don't know how to blog, I had not considered there may be a concrete definition of what constitutes a good blogger.

I hope that some kind people will take the time, expand on this and clear up my confusion.

What is blogging and what is a good blogger?


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Comments (41)

  1. tiggers

    I was really thinking as to how I wanted to reply to this and read what SandMan wrote and I have to agree with what he said !! I also think a good blogger is what you want it to be!! I was talking to my friend the other day about this and saying , You know I have no idea if I am even writing a real blog!! Funny thing seeing this is a blog site and today I have read a little about what you are talking about and wondered for a minute if I fit in any sort of category? I write what I think is poetry , some think I am a lame as whine bitch! Where I am going with this is that I think we are what we want are blog to be and it should not matter what anyone else really thinks. As long as you are happy with what you write in your blog I think sometimes this site just provokes way to many feelings or whatever you would like to call it and frustrates people way more then it actually should!

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      Thank you for your thoughts on this. I was surprised by a write that admonished people for not being a ‘good blogger’. In thinking about it, I wondered if others had the same opinion. I appreciate that you took the time to share your ideas with me. For me, I thought blogging was a expression of ideas that are best written where the rules of sociability are less stringent. The surprise was to discover that maybe these rules had sneaked in here. That would be terrible!

      July 09, 2014
      1. tiggers

        No thank you for writing this you inspired my own write to and Mr Sandman as well .. If there is a rule book then I would never follow as I try to march to the beat of my own drum! People are creative in their own way and express in many different ways. It’s not fair to say one is better then the other even if we don’t actually like what it is written . So thank you for writing this

        July 09, 2014
  2. Giabug

    It’s very subjective. A good blogger is one who gets and keeps my attention. So my idea of a good blogger might not be the same as anyone else’s.
    In case you’re keeping notes, I like humor or deep feelings.

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      I thought that blogging had developed from a need to express ourselves in ways that we cannot through ‘real life’ sociability. In real life, there are so many rules that limit our creative expression. To see limitations expressed by a write that decreed something other, suggesting there are bad bloggers made me wonder. I wondered if the limitations had spread to others. Thank you for your thoughts. Most people who responded leave it as subjective. I would be disappointed to see those limiting real life sociable ‘rules’ sneak in here too.

      July 09, 2014
      1. Giabug

        I don’t use blogging as a diary written to get attention. So I write here as I would talk in real life. Maybe I just have less rules in real life, or just some great friends.

        July 09, 2014
        1. greunie

          I am wondering what inspired you to confirm you don’t write a diary for attention. Was it any of my words? And if you are free of rules in your real life, blessed with some great friends, and expressing yourself freely here is not the attraction, what is the different benefit that Thoughts.com offers you instead? Because you are here writing, no? and reaping something or you wouldn’t be here, no?

          July 09, 2014
          1. Giabug

            I actually don’t write much. I come here to check on people I like. I wish there was a forum here so it would be less like a public diary and more like a discussion with friends.
            It’s my take on blogging. People used to write in diaries, but the idea there was to keep it to yourself. Now people think everyone wants to hear their every thought.
            I am, however, not talking about everyone. As I said, it’s just my take on blogging as a whole.

            July 10, 2014
  3. uncle_charlie

    When I read a post, and feel like it was written just for me….then I’ve found a good blogger.

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      I am glad to read your words which define blogging as a subjective choice of reading without placing a definition of what constitutes a good blogger. I find it difficult to explain why that write demanding good bloggers struck me to write this question. I think it’s because if suddenly the limitations of real life sociability sneaks in here limiting people as to how they express themselves we will have lost a wonderful freedom. I guess my question is wondering if that freedom has already been lost. I am glad to see that everyone who responded here worded their comments to reflect they specific preference as a subjective choice.

      July 09, 2014
  4. kachinablue

    You raise a great question that I feel deserves a modest attempt at answering. To me there is absolutely nothing that constitutes a “good blogger.” I say that because it’s too trivial in nature- especially in any regards to substantiating a person’s preference or social hierarchy. Frankly, I don’t see myself as a blogger; I see myself as an expressionist. In my world, there’s no universal criteria. And even if one existed, I wouldn’t waste my time abiding by it. When I am moved by someone’s writing, it doesn’t make them better nor worse than the next person who can do it. Blogging is a platform for communication, expression, writing and finding like-mindedness among all walks of life. Don’t take my word for it, I’m just a stranger passing by. haha #staytruthful

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      I am glad to read your carefully chosen words. “even if one existed” … I loved those words especially. And the best! That you see yourself as an expressionist. I was hoping that the illness which caused us to limit our expressions in real life had not sneaked in here. The write I saw expressed an objective view of an idea of a good blogger. It is wonderful to read that the people who responded on my question have expressed that a good blogger is a subjective construct. (of course, it would be but the idea that there is an objective ‘good’ anything is rampant in real life and I was wondering if that sickness had sneaked in here)

      July 09, 2014
      1. kachinablue

        Your praise can lift spirits, Greunie That kind of disease belongs to the ignorant and delusional. However, Our minds remain untainted and I promise that it shall remain that way. I’ve noticed that we’re not alone. #staytruthful

        July 09, 2014
  5. Dream_On

    A valid and an intelligent question posed by one of the most prolific and thought provoking writers here on Thoughts!
    I see one sentence posts that seem to get the attention of many and am puzzled by that. Would that be considered a blog? I am not one to ask, but truthfully…it’s a statement that brings out some interesting people and bizarre responses. I used to write here years ago…mostly about my life, the good, bad and ugly. I asked questions of myself and received good quality feedback. I’ve found whether I write anything of substance or ask a thought provoking question that would normally provoke an intelligent response to be naught. I don’t know if it is due to the change of people that now posts on thoughts and many others from days gone past are gone. Many have left that were my friends, some have stayed and everything and many people have changed. I suppose it is what one values in their reading or is it a popularity thing…shock value? I do value many good reads that do not receive much attention and what a shame. I enjoy humor and a true actual write, Thoughts has evolved into a place that puzzles me… Please keep writing. You’re a lovely person.

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      As with the others comments, I am thrilled to read your words that express a good blogger is a subjective choice. The write that made me ask this question posed an objective view that there may be an objective definition to what constitutes a good blogger. Since our real life sociability is rampant with definitions and rules, I wondered if that illness was sneaking in here too. For me I would be disappointed to see limitations inserted by some kind of understanding that there could ever be an objective ‘good blogger’. This venue began as an opportunity to freely express ourselves and I hope we will protect it to that end. Thank you so much for your lovely sentiments and your re-fortification that preferences are subjective.

      July 09, 2014
  6. zilla007

    Hey Mom theres a rule book on blogging? sorry just miss being my bratty self with you I would go with Uncle Charlie, and from where I sit, many writes speak to me in their own capacity.. theres no such thing as a good or bad blogger, but I would say there is such a thing as a good or dark heart, behind the words, regardless of whats being written/typed, are humans, with feelings, who has found this forum and site to express themselves, does it make them good because of what society expects or bad because society rejects, even here there is a society, this is an actual community of cultures, races, minds, hearts and souls, of beliefs and not every person in a community will get together and sing kumbaya with one another. we tend to have segregration and its not about popularity but about the level of enlightenment and growth of self, I am digressing so will have to regroup and be back later with a response that makes sense, writing with emotion has its glitches, perhaps more thought is required.. Btw, Love u much my gorgeous mum

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      Haha. That’s exactly what I was wondering. The write I saw was an objective demand for where the ‘good bloggers’ were. I am glad that people who have responded to my question define a good blogger as someone who is subjectively found not someone who exists objectively. Perhaps the person was frustrated that there was nothing entertaining to be had that day but the way it was worded made me wonder if the limitations that have sneaked up on us all in real life sociability, had sneaked in here too. At least for the people who have responded on here and Kyle who wrote a blog on it, it has not.

      July 09, 2014
  7. withwings

    Apparently, there is such a thing as a good blogger. And it is based on things followers. the views and generated commentary. Which would make sense that the more attention a blog or post receives the likelier it is it’s considered by the majority to be “good” which is a very general word with considerable subjectivity. At most group blog sites, there is a consensus among members about what good is.
    And that is primarily why I’ve come to love Thoughts so dearly. That consensus I’d vastly different here than other places. The “good” varies dramatically from person to person depending on their individual preference. What feels good or inspiring to read and spend time with is accepted and the diversity in what’s most read is vast here. The subjectivity of such a thing is considered by most and respected. I believe that we have a very humble yet determined group of people here.
    I will on occasion read a post like you referenced in yours and I believe the person likely came for a place that difference of opinion and unique thought or perspective and individuality was not as accepted and encouraged as it is here and it bent their mind a little bit, I’m happy for thoughts.com.

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      I am glad you see Thoughts as having a general diverse preference. The write I saw was not from a new person. They expressed their preference with an objective force rather than with a subjective understanding. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts on this. I am not sure that what has infiltrated other sites cannot sneak into Thoughts.com.

      July 09, 2014
      1. withwings

        I’ve seen the same thing from long term members, and I wasn’t meaning that they came from another blog site necessarily. Just a different place cognitively and in experience that molded their minds and inspired narrow views of how to measure something rather than use someone elses terms and perspectives.
        On the flip side of that here and more abundantly from my observations, are those people that do accept and ignore and support the different blogging styles rather than say they’re wrong or right.
        I dont believe that the things at the other sites necessarily infiltrated them. I think they began that way. The idea is that is most common that good means attention. They began with the how too’s of becoming a ‘good’ and successful blogger.
        Success is measured differently by each person. Something they don’t consider. Thoughts is simply different and was created with different priorities. I understand though that without awareness of these things, we can ruin what we have. Thanks for the post to remind or enlighten

        July 09, 2014
  8. wirelessguru1

    I really don’t like blogging!

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      Thank you.

      July 10, 2014
  9. noreia

    I look at blogging like movies, books or music. The styles we prefer are the ones we think are ‘good’ and it’s different for everyone. Each person has their own mix of what they like.

    July 09, 2014
    1. greunie

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree that it is preference that dictates what is ‘good’. It is different for everyone.

      July 10, 2014
  10. miss-ranty-pants

    A lot depends on the way we measure good, it’s subjective like everything. Each person here has a different thing they like, its interesting playing six degrees of separation here, because its far less. There is a lot of talk around at the moment about ‘cliques,’ there are virtually none here, unless the topic is a special interest – the fanatics are an example. I think it’s significant that most of us share several friends, this is a social site, far less a blog site like Wordpress. Most people here are not specifically addressing one topic as a usual blog does.
    Some here don’t blog, some find pictures to describe their sentiments, I like people who write, I’ve always liked uniqueness, cheek and advice, the awards thing I did covers off what I like but I find little gems hiding in the spam sometimes too.
    Here it is who and what you like, I think in many ways we pick blogs, and bloggers that are to our taste, in many people’s friend list there is a portrait of the blogger, their likes, social alliances, voting blocks, even how apolitical, or unaligned – all kinds of things.

    July 10, 2014
    1. greunie

      Do you think objectivity is possible?

      July 10, 2014
      1. miss-ranty-pants

        Insight maybe, objectivity, that might be one of those impossible abstracts like purity. Even this takes a lot of work, and discipline, people are often concerned that someone is being duplicitous, there is much more likelihood of suspicion than objectivity. Change is possible, but it takes a lot of effort most people give up for the struggle of it, mostly the first time they fall off the wagon.

        July 10, 2014
  11. tulakrystal

    I think that people’s opinion what makes a good blogger probably varies from person to person, but I like to see a blog with variety of unique, well-written (often with pictures) content, stuff you don’t tend to see over and over in a lot of blogs.

    July 10, 2014
    1. greunie

      I will ask you the same question as above, ’Do you think objectivity is possible?"

      July 10, 2014
      1. tulakrystal

        No, not complete objectivity, especially in blogging since we all have our own personal biases and ways of thinking about things.

        July 10, 2014
      2. tulakrystal

        And you?

        July 10, 2014
        1. greunie

          I don’t think objectivity is ever possible. As physics has agreed, the experimenter changes the nature of an objective experiment. All our opinions are subjective perceptions… as I understand what I have looked at… er… subjectively!

          July 10, 2014
          1. tulakrystal

            I agree. I know that in experiments scientists try to design them to where they are influenced as little as possible by opinions, bias, or beliefs by negating extraneous variables, but even in science, there is still bias because scientists tend to follow trends in science when designing their experiments, and while they follow a scientific way of thinking, that does not mean that they don’t still have biases that will influence their thinking and observations.

            July 11, 2014
  12. TortugaBlues
    A good blog is something that speaks to in your own language. It is inspirational, thought provoking, adds wind to your sails. A good blog is also you speaking your mind and reaching out to others. You won’t get everyone on but you’ll get the most important ones to you. Love you my friendly friend friend.

    July 10, 2014
    1. greunie

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        July 12, 2014
  13. Switzerland

    Hm I like this topic. Im thinking a good blogger is similar to a good fashion model though, pretty subjective, people like to agree with blogs. Blogging I’m guessing is just the writers feelings right? I mean I guess you could repost articles but the readers could just find those themselves and blogs aren’t published or edited other than by yourself I mean there’s no editorial that looks over your blog before you post it. So that leaves us with just people writing opinions and reviews etc. I guess a good blog to me would be more about how they can express not really what they expressed. If they have an interesting head on their shoulders and can express it it doesn’t really matter what they blog about. I don’t know though I don’t judge bloggers too hard lol.

    July 12, 2014
    1. greunie

      Yes, I think that a good blogger depends on a personal subjective preference too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my question.

      July 12, 2014
      1. Switzerland

        So whoever said “people don’t know how to blog” were they maybe meaning things like grammar and other presentations, I mean thats what I was saying is you really can’t critique something too much when you can type just about anything and call it a blog since you are the writer, editor and publisher. Maybe I’m just lost on what a blogger and blog is, is it something professional? I thought that would just be journalist or reporter etc? Maybe whoever said that was just being a dick, that’s always a possibility.

        July 12, 2014
        1. greunie

          After reading how people responded to my write, I think the person is ignorant that there is NO objective blogging excellence. Your offered information adds up that blogging is a subjective freedom of expression which is offered up for interaction. The readers then interact with that free expression by preferential judging. The person presented it so confidently that I wondered if I was missing something. I will agree that since blogging uses a communicative language, how well we construct our expression (grammar, interesting choice of words etc.) will affect our preference.

          July 12, 2014
  14. yayuki

    THere is no such think as a good or a bad blogger… people just want others to blog the way they prefer to read… I really dont like their line of thought, people blog/ talk about what is important to them, why change or judge them

    July 19, 2014