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{ Hav­ing an in­spired au­di­ence not only in­spires you to write bet­ter and more of­ten, it will also trig­ger ideas and net­work­ing that will fur­ther your topic gen­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment }

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Why some are bet­ter than oth­ers.

THE an­nual 25 best blogs of the year have been an­nounced by TIME. com and blog­gers may have some­thing to learn from them. What makes a pop­u­lar blog? Read­abil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and fresh con­tent are key, ac­cord­ing to Forbes con­trib­u­tor Susannah Bres­lin, whose 2008 blog, The Re­verse Cow­girl, was named one of the best that year. As a vir­tual ac­cep­tance ges­ture, Bres­lin wrote a post on what makes a good blog.

HERE ARE SOME OF HER PRO-TIPS:

Pick a niche that isn’t bor­ing: Choose an ex­cit­ing topic or nar­row your niche down, if you want to stand out from the crowd.

Learn how to write: Just be­cause it’s on­line doesn’t mean that lan­guage con­ven­tions can be dis­missed. Write well and if you can’t, take a course or read some books and blogs on how to write more en­gag­ingly.

Make peo­ple read it: Mar­ket­ing may be an unin­spir­ing term, but if you have a blog you have to spread the word. If your only read­ers are friends and family, you’ll soon tire of it and so will they. Fol­low other blogs and com­ment of­ten: This draws peo­ple to your blog in turn, and cre­ates a con­ver­sa­tion net­work. Blog­gers want peo­ple to lis­ten and care about their posts, so show it, and they will show it back. Hav­ing an in­spired au­di­ence not only in­spires you to write bet­ter and more of­ten, it will also trig­ger ideas and net­work­ing that will fur­ther your topic gen­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

In­ject some pas­sion into it: No­body will care about your blog if you don’t. You have to write about some­thing you re­ally care about, not some­thing that you think read­ers will care about. In fact, you may be sur­prised how much peo­ple care about the mun­dane me­an­der­ing posts you may pub­lish just to keep it fresh.

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