What makes a great blogger?

I’m sitting in a room with Matt Thompson and Jane Stevens while Matt holds a small group session on what makes great blogging. I strive to be a great blogger but I’ve found a number of things get in my way:

  1. My new found obsession with health (I’m working out 6-7 days a week)
  2. I love Twitter
  3. I have two blogs that talk about my kids
  4. I teach a class
  5. I manage a website
  6. I have to sleep at least 4-5 hours a night
  7. I co-moderate a special needs Yahoo Group and keep watch over a couple of discussion groups at BabyCenter 

But I aspire to be a helpful source and a reason to keep great conversation. My little rant about “forced twitter use” got things rolling. It was wonderful to watch a conversation that originated on Twitter continued onto this blog. I’d love to do that more often.

So how can I commit to this page? How can I get you interested in visiting and commenting? That’s a part of what Matt is talking about to the students in this meeting room. But what do you think? I have a thousand ideas… but I want to hear from you. What can make this blog work? How can I help infuse a new discussion?

Your turn.

5 comments ↓

#1 comoprozac on 02.24.09 at 11:14 am

I hate to say it, but the best way to be a great blogger is to blog more often. My hits go up when I post more often and down when I neglect the blog(s). Also, commenting and sharing your blog with others on their blogs, Twitter feeds (how I found you), and Facebook seems to help traffic issues.

I’ll be interested to see what other people have to say, though.

#2 Jen Reeves on 02.24.09 at 11:27 am

Comments I’ve gotten from Twitter so far:

comoprozac @jenleereeves Blog more often. Comment on other blogs. Share your blog on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

mleidigh @jenleereeves to me a blogger has to have at least a bit of humor and a few good links in their posts.

#3 Danielle on 02.24.09 at 12:07 pm

I think blogging often is obviously the most important thing- you need something to encourage people to keep coming back. On that note, I think writing with personality is key. Like mleidigh said, you have to have a bit of humor. People have to want to read your stuff, to hear what you have to say.

#4 Rob Weir on 02.24.09 at 12:11 pm

What do I know? I’ve been blogging for all of two weeks. But I’d say

1. Offer something fresh/unpredictable.
2. Be brief
3. Link, link, link
4. Pimp your blog on twitter, FB, but not too much
5. blog a lot

#5 The blog readers have spoken…. — Jen Reeves - New Media Mind on 02.25.09 at 9:08 am

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