Good blogs are predictable, readers know what kind of content to expect and generally when to expect it– even if that timeframe is ‘randomly.’
This blog is not a very good blog.
But as most things, it’s a work in progress, which means the sentence above is simply a current evaluation and not the toll of the death bell. (Valdemar references FTW.)
Blogs Tell Stories
It might be stories about how to get out of debt, how to become a better raider, how to simplify your life, or how to catch dragon’s with IHOP’s sausage links, but a good blog is also a good story.
I wasn’t sure what my stories were supposed to be, so I sat down and brainstormed a logline for each of the subblogs.
Unquiet Bones is about finding a way to work writing into everyday life and how to publish the results.
Perish Twice is about learning how to dual-box in World of Warcaft, how to play computer games on a treadmill, and how to find fun in WoW without knowing how to raid.
Custom-Models.com is about learning how to customize and paint model horses, both realistic and fantasy, and what to do with them once you have them.
Everyday Dragons is about finding ways to make money off of things I enjoy, one micro income stream at a time.
Martha.net is about how to play around with the coding behind a WordPress blog.
Blogs Have Chapters
If blogs are stories, then they need to have chapters. Chapters give the reader a visual cue that the story is moving forward and help to organize topics (or events) into a coherent order.
So far I’ve had a tendency to repeat topics, rehashing the same points over and over without moving the story forward.
Which means it’s time to storyboard the subblogs– planning out what topics I’m covering and in what order. This is a little more complicated than figuring out the inherent storyline above, so I’m going to take the rest of the week to hash that out.
Then I’m going to post the chapter headings and the related post topics.
And possibly change the titles of some of the subblogs.
Blogs Have Endings?
But if a blog is a story, does that mean eventually I’ll run into Happily Ever After?
I’m not sure, but if so I have a feeling another subblog (and another story) will probably pop up and fill in the gap…