Ow! Ow! It’s So Boring, It Hurts My Head!
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Hey. I was just reading your blog and I got so bored that it actually hurt my head.
It was so bad that it made Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s 2,000 page epic about a whale, look like an exciting children’s fairytale. In fact, I’d rather be hanging out with Chuck Noland, Tom Hanks’ character from Castaway, trapped on a deserted island with nobody to talk to except for a volleyball named Wilson.
After reading your blog, I had to go take two Tylenol and then go stand with my face in the corner. It was more exciting than your article. Then after my head stopped hurting, I had to jump in here and write up this article right away to let you know about it.
Which one of you am I writing this about? Oh, you know who you are.
Most people think that their articles are much more exciting than they actually are. I think that it’s the same instinct that makes people talk about their kids.
I think that my daughter is the cutest thing in the world, but I get bored to death hearing other people talk about their kids. I don’t care if they did just win the 1st grade student of the week award.
Nobody Thinks Your Blog Is As Cute As You Do
Nobody thinks that your blog is as cute or as exciting as you do. You’ve really got to think outside of your usual scope of things to find out how other people feel about it. You’ve got to put yourself in your reader’s seat and see things as they see them.
Here’s a few tips to help you make your articles a little bit more digestible for your followers.
- Humor: When’s the last time you mingled a little sarcasm in one of your posts? Are you telling jokes or funny analogies? Have you ever thought about making fun of your readers? That’s what I just did all through today’s post.
- Excitement: After you write a post, go back through it and try to add adjectives anywhere you can. Put in power words that add strength to your writing.
- Stories: Spruce up your points with some personal experiences. Tell that one about the time you asked that lady when she was due even though it turned out that she wasn’t even pregnant. I always love hearing you reminisce about that.
- Personality: Let yourself shine through your articles. Blogging isn’t like writing college essays. Sure, it’s about sharing information but it’s also about sharing yourself.
These are just a few ways to get your reader’s faces off of their keyboards and help them ease up their snoring.
Oh, just in case you were wondering, here’s the comic that inspired this post. Yeah…you guessed it…it reminded me of your blog.
Remember that I didn’t write this article just to pick on you. Okay. Maybe I did a little bit. I do love picking on people. A lot. Just ask my wife and daughter.
But the bottom line is this: I want you to understand the importance of entertaining your readers while delivering your information.
Now teach me what you know on the subject. What other things can you think of that can spice up a good blog? Can you think of some other elements of writing that can make our articles more enjoyable?
What’s your favorite blog to read? No. Wait. You can’t all answer the same. Let me rephrase the question. What is your favorite blog other than Site Sketch 101? Is it entertaining or is it nothing but dry information?