CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 10, 2011

Evaluating My Blog Quality


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

EVALUATING MY BLOG QUALITY

 

Molly Campbell presented tips about blogging which I find are consistent with other sites I’ve researched. Her post discusses blog promotion, readability, and techniques. Using her points, I’ve evaluated my site on a score of 1-10, 10 being the best.

·         Decide what your blog is “about.” (7) My blog does not zero in on a single-topic. My blog is about writing—in any genre, on any subject. So, in essence, I violate this principle while conforming to it. However, having reached 500 plus posts, there is sufficient variety to attract many readers daily, and my “hit” count, though still low, is rising steadily.  

·         Determine who your audience is and write for them. (7) Because my blog is about writing on any genre, any subject, its byproduct is being “all things to all people.” Its consistency is in its inconsistency.

·         Blog consistently and habitually. (10) I post regularly on www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com —Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (and occasionally, if there is a post on a current issue, on a day in between). I participate in WordPress.com’s daily post, www.carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com , posting each day.

·         Short is best—500 words or less. (7) I score low here. I used to tell my newspaper editors that I “write long.” I’ve learned to cut, but still, my blogs tend to be longer than I would like them to be.

·         Comments…solicit comments and thank your commenters! (7) At the beginning of January, I actually e-mailed all my 2009 commenters, thanking them for their readership. Normally, however, I don’t take the time to do that. I do solicit comments. I also run a comment contest (https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/monthly-prize-for-comments/ ). Comments I do receive show the reader’s connection to my post topic.

·         Use social media. (1) I fail. I don’t use social media. I do, however, occasionally publicize posts on my sister’s Facebook site (she provided me with the password).

If my math is correct, I’ve scored 39 points out of a possible 60 points.

Molly’s advice on writing?

·         Write what you know. (8) I’ve written a lot since 1990, when I became a photo/journalist, and began writing a historical novel and a historical short fiction story, requiring in-depth research. I find I do much research for my posts—if I’m curious about a subject and research it, it is post material.

·         Don’t try to be poetic unless you are a poet. (9.5)Since I’m not a flowery writer, this is not a difficult rule to follow.

·         Keep your sentences short and grammatical. (9) My journalism and grant writing experience honed these skills.

·         Edit yourself ruthlessly, or ask someone you trust to do it for you. (7) I do less editing on my posts than I do on news articles and novel writing. However, my first drafts are usually equal to many writers fourth or fifth drafts. And I do have several friends who read my posts, checking them for errors.

·         Proofread, proofread, proofread. (5) I only proofread once.

·         Avoid adjectives and adverbs. There is a better way to write than to pepper your writing with modifiers. (7) I try not to say the water was cold—I prefer to say the water chilled her body.

·         Punctuate properly. (8) I conscientiously work on this.

 

My score on the writing section is 53.5 points of a possible 70.

 

My overall score, 92.5 points out of a possible 130 points, indicates that my blogging leaves room for improvement.

 

How would your blog rate?

 

NOTE: This post violates the 500 word suggestion by 81 words. Not bad for me.

SOURCE

http://thehappyfreelancer.com/2011/01/26/guest-post-things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-started-writing/

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Eavesdropping—the good and the bad of it 

Journalism Rules and Professionalism: I had neither!

How to Write About (Historic) Buildings

1790S PAMPHLETEERING VERSUS 2000S BLOGGING

Journaling—Try It. You Might Enjoy It.

 

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2 Comments »

  1. […] Using that above post, Carolyn Holland devised a scoring method, evaluated her blog and rated her performance: CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS EVALUATING MY BLOG QUALITY   Molly Campbell presented tips about blogging which I find are consistent with other sites I’ve researched. Her post discusses blog promotion, readability, and techniques. Using her points, I’ve evaluated my site on a score of 1-10, 10 being the best. ·         Decide what your blog is “about.” (7) My blog does not zero in on a single-topic. My blog is about writing—in any genre, on any subject … Read More […]

    Pingback by Evaluating Your Blog « The Metablog Blog — February 17, 2011 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • Thank you for noticing my post on evaluating my blog. It would be nice to have a way to do it more precisely, but for now, I just wanted to see how I did on rough scoring. If you come across a more developed system, let me know.

      Carolyn

      Comment by carolyncholland — February 17, 2011 @ 12:58 pm | Reply


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