By Anna Doll
I posted a request on my Facebook page asking for suggestions on this month’s blog post. Several people made suggestions, which I am going to use for posts later in the year (so be looking for that authentic, family tamale recipe, Tami!)
But this particular request struck my fancy. It took a while, but I think I’ve come up with a good top ten list of things you should NEVER blog about:
10. Your politics. Unless you plan to alienate a minimum of 50% of your readership, including your in-laws, you really need to stay away from this topic.
9. Your in-laws. Because even if you plan to tell a “cute” story that happened, in-laws will never take what you write on face value.
8. Your in-laws who are outlaws. No need in airing the dirty laundry, unless you’re using the opportunity to remove yourself from the Christmas card list—permanently.
7. Your dirty laundry. Literally as well as figuratively. Trust me, it’ll come back to haunt you. Blog posts have a half-life equivalent to that of radioactive isotopes.
6. Isotopes. Unless your readership is 90% GA Tech graduates, most of us don’t know diddley about isotopes.
5. Bo Diddley. The celebrated rhythm and blues performer from the 50s whose big hit was, strangely enough, Bo Diddley.
4. The 50s. Especially if your readership’s idea of an oldie is Madonna singing “Like a Virgin.”
3. Madonna. I mean, what’s the point? Pretty much everything you’d want to know, and a lot that you didn’t, has already been written.
2. Topics you’ve already written about. I know, I know, that’s a stretch, but I’m desperate here.
And the number one thing you shouldn’t blog about? Drum roll…please….
1. Top ten lists!
Do you have anything you’d add to the list? Any examples of simply horrid blog posts you wish someone hadn’t written?