Do any of us really know how to do it? And more importantly, does it matter if we don't? I read such a massive variety of posts that all deserve to be credited, some I assume have been published elsewhere because they're so well-written. But a blog is such a personal thing, isn't it? It's someone's window to their life; the things that interest them; family matters, illnesses, special needs, photography. There was a time I only read about people's lives, updates on their experiences. Now I read reviews, guest posts and all manner of informative articles that teach me something new every day. To blog is to write. Whether it be in diary format about your own life, or as a series of posts documenting reference. Not all of it will interest all of us, but some of it will, and that's why I love discovering new blogs and rediscovering old ones.
There are such a lot of blogging police about these days, telling us 'how to' and 'how not to', but when all's said and done, I reckon the majority of us blog what we like. And that, in my opinion, is exactly how it should be. I've had people emailing me in the past, telling me how to improve or change my blog, what I should write about, what I shouldn't, but all their emails get deleted into the ether, because frankly, this is my blog, not theirs.
I do feel proud when people ask me for blogging tips because it makes me assume I'm doing something right. I've given several tips on this blog, all from my own experience and research, i.e., discovering what works for me. Another phrase I hear often is "blogging etiquette". There is such a thing but it's definition is "common sense". If I read and enjoy a post I'll leave a comment. If I read and disagree with a post, then again I'll leave a comment - maybe not what the author wants to read but still, a debate is healthy interaction in the blogosphere. If I read but dislike a post, then I tend not to comment because I think there's nothing worse than leaving negative comments just for the sake of being awkward or unnecessarily pedantic. But something that should always be welcomed in the comments section of a blog post is an opinion.
Therefore, in my opinion, anyone can write a good blog post. What you want to say is right there, at your fingertips. Show the world you're not afraid of the blogging police and make your blog stand out. If you want to follow blogging etiquette then do; but remember that if you don't, your blog is still as good as everyone else's. Because you're out there, doing what you feel is right and not what others feel is wrong.