What makes a good blog?
I don’t believe there is a specific way or structure on how to create a good blog. All blogs should be different and have their own unique way of writing. However, I do believe that all blogs should include important things such as layout and communication with the readers.
In one of our readings, Why we Love Beautiful Things, Lance Hosey explains how readers are attracted to colors, shapes, and patterns. He says, “Instinctively, we reach out for attractive things; beauty literally moves us”. I can relate to this because my attention is drawn when I see colors and shapes in a blog. It attracts my attention and I become motivated to continue reading. Another key point Hosey talks about in his reading is the importance of the golden rectangle in the layout of a blog. He explains “how our eyes can scan an image fastest when its shape is a golden rectangle”. We can see these patterns and shapes when reading a book or reading an article online.
Another key point that I want to go over is communication. The blog should allow readers to interact and to share their opinions. This is important because it allows the readers to discuss about the topic and allow growth between the community. In the article, Organic Writing and Digital Media: Seeds and Organs, Pete Rorabaugh, explains how writing should connect and allow outside participation. He says, “Growth is determined by the encouragement and critique of the community”. He also highlights the importance of free-writing. Instead of trying to write your blog in order, you can start with your body paragraphs by just coming up with ideas and writing down key quotations from research. They can be re-ordered later. And writers get feedback on their drafting as it unfolds.