What makes a good blog? What blogs, and bloggers, do I like and why? This question gained extra relevancy for me recently as I have seen some examples of what I believe are not good blogs. To me, a good blog is not:
- a list of recanned company advertisements designed to push traffic to your web site
- a series of articles that just republishes common information on the web
- a retweet of someone else’s blog
- a pseudo spambot for filling up your RSS feeds with multiple posts per day
- relentlessly negative about Delphi
To me, a good blog provides articles that either educate or entertain. They provide new perspectives on issues or new information. They share the hard-earned wisdom of experienced Delphi coders.
When I started this blog, I gave myself a few goals for the blog:
- Share information on Delphi issues that may be useful to others
- Give myself a voice to argue, hopefully respectfully, for Delphi features and code styles
- Occasionally, provide in-depth articles on compelling features about RiverSoftAVG products where a blog format is more appropriate than a help topic
- Hopefully blog often enough to make the blog useful
Now, obviously, a blogger won’t always be successful at this, and beauty, as they say, is in the eyes of the beholder. But those are the goals I set myself and are the blogs I pay attention to. I have failed occasionally (and ironically this post probably fails these goals 🙂 ) but I try to uphold those goals.
Examples of blogs I like are Delphi Code Monkey and David Millington’s Parnassus blog. There are quite a few Embarcadero blogs I like. Of course, David I’s Sip from the Firehose is a go-to blog. Other examples: Sarina DuPont’s blog is always full of in-depth articles about features of Delphi as are Pawel Glowacki’s and Stephan Ball’s. Closer to the entertainment side, Jim McKeeth’s Podcast at Delphi is good. (Note that not all blogs I like are listed, these are just notable ones to me)
My go-to aggregator’s are Begin End and FMX Express. Begin End is my favorite Delphi site. If someone has a Delphi’s blog, it will show up there. And if a blog shows up there too often or is from someone I dislike, I can quiet that blog. However, I hate to do that. I believe a person will probably, eventually write something useful. Sadly, if a blog is stopping me from seeing useful and good blogs from other people though, it has got to go. But I would much rather a blogger respect their readers and not have to go that route.
Well, now that I have gotten that off my chest, back to Coding blogs. 🙂 Happy CodeSmithing!