How to Kill Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps

How to Kill Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps

How to kill your blog

So you’re bored with blogging. You have other things to do – like eat, sleep, go out, work. You know – boring “real life” stuff. Besides, thinking about it, blogging is for computer nerds and failed writers.

Not to worry – help is at hand. Here are 10 ways to kill your blog. Let’s begin.

1. Stop Writing

What? That’s too simple – of course your blog will die if you stop writing? Well, yes, if you stop writing altogether. But be smarter about it – change your writing habits. If you write daily, change to once a week (and vice versa). If you want to lose your readers, confuse them.

2. Be Obnoxious

People like to be respected – your readers are no different. So be obnoxious. This can take many shapes – talking down to them in comment replies (if you reply at all); using made-up words that make you sound wanky; and making them feel you’re a hundred times smarter than they are. Be mean – and keep those pesky readers away.

3. Close Your Comments

People like to be heard, and we especially like to be heard when we read something that either inspires or polarizes us. So take away that option from your blog, and make your site a talking head instead. Unless you’re Seth Godin or Leo Babauta, you’ll soon see your blog’s popularity shrink, wither and probably die.

4. Use Captchas

When I was younger, I used to love stuff like the Rubiks Cube and 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzles. Now, though, since time is a precious commodity, I like things to be simple and easy to do. So install a crazy ass captcha on your blog that no-one can decipher and make people pull their hair out from frustration – great way to scare readers away!

5. Limit the Options

When blog readers read a great post, very often they want to share it. Of course, if you’re trying to kill your blog then you don’t want that sucker shared a lot. So limit the amount of sharing options – instead of making it easy to share on whatever networks the reader wants to, limit it to Facebook and Twitter. After all, they’re the only real social networks that are important to bloggers. Right..?

6. Screw Formatting

Because blogs can be read on different browsers and computer screen resolutions/displays, there’s no real point in formatting your post – it’ll never look good on every reading option. Instead, bunch all your words into one long-ass paragraph; don’t use images; and make your font 9-pixel Copperplate. Job done.

7. Die, Navigation, Die

Think of the world’s biggest maze. Then think of the world’s biggest maze at night. Then think of you trying to navigate the world’s biggest maze, at night, in a blindfold. Now – make your blog’s navigation that much fun, and make it easy for your readers to get lost and not know how to get back home. Lost readers = frustration = see ya!

8. Search What Now?

If you really want to kill your blog quickly, you could even combine a couple of the ways here. For example, if you have crappy navigation, make sure you don’t have a Search Box to at least let your readers find what they’re after. Add in no Archive section and boom, you have one heck of a lost blog happening!

9. Subscribing is for Wimps

When you set a blog up, generally it’ll come with a standard RSS feed. Thing is, the standard RSS feed doesn’t always work on certain browsers, so using something like Feedburner or Feedblitz is better. But you don’t want better – so leave the standard feed and make sure you don’t have any subscribe options in your sidebar. If your readers can’t subscribe, they won’t know when you have a new post. Blog death on the horizon.

10. Repeat Yourself

We all run out of ideas, but often you can find things to blog about to share with your readers. But if you’re trying to lose readers and kill your blog, then you don’t want fresh ideas. Instead, copy a post from your Archives, change the minimum amount of words up, and you have a new-but-not post to pan off on your readers. Tip – don’t use a Related Posts option here, as you can get found out and look stupid.

As you can see, there are a bunch of ways to kill your blog, so you don’t need to worry about pleasing these damn readers of yours anymore.

Of course, if you actually want to have a blog worth visiting, and one that sees you respected and visited and recommended, then ignore all of the above and do the exact opposite.

Your choice.

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  1. FrankDickinson says

    “bunch all your words into one long-ass paragraph; don’t use images; and make your font 9-pixel Copperplate.”

    To this day I am still completely amazed at how many people do exactly that

    WTH?

  2. MSchechter says

    @FrankDickinson I hear you and @DannyBrown on the font and paragraph, but I disagree on the images. Half the time they are utterly irrelevant. Danny has a knack for it, but many of the images I see on blogs that I read are purely masturbatory.

  3. says

    Hi Danny,

    The biggest turnoff for me to a blog is not design, it is lack of commenting back on my comment. i make certain to reply to everyone who comments on my blog because they are all important to me.

    I feel its arrogant to not reply. the only exceptions I might make are for big stars, and even then I have little patience for it.

    I am starting to have a nice group of regular readers and commenters. It makes me happier than i can even tell you. Why would I not reply to them?

  4. says

    @FrankDickinson I don’t use images all of the time. Sometimes I do to illustrate a point, but many times I do not. Oddly enough, my regular readers do not complain about it. They also do not comment when I use a picture. Interesting.

  5. FrankDickinson says

    @MSchechter@DannyBrown I agree – I came to that conclusion right after I choked on my coffee from your use of the word “masturbatory.”

    LOL

  6. FrankDickinson says

    @NancyD68 Definitely interesting. Have you seen blogs that have a “Wordless Wednesday”? – the ones that just post a picture. I love images and all, but not sure I get the whole “picture only” deal.

  7. says

    @FrankDickinson I steer clear of those. I tend to blog really short, and will even dig a post that is really just a question. But no words? That reeks of total laziness to me.

  8. TrafficColeman says

    Eugene..if you engage in your readers comments like the way most top bloggers do, then you will see steady growth over time.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off” @EugeneFarber

  9. TrafficColeman says

    Eugene..if you engage in your readers comments like the way most top bloggers do, then you will see steady growth over time.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off” @EugeneFarber

  10. says

    @FrankDickinson@NancyD68 If you’re a dog lover like me, No Dog About It Blog always has fun and interesting pictures on Wordless Wednesday, and hilarious videos on Fridays.

  11. mariareyesmcdavis says

    This is great Danny! My favorite is “Be Obnoxious.” What’s up with the branding idea of in your face, f-bomb, Jerry Springer controversy sells crap.

  12. says

    @marianne.worley@FrankDickinson@NancyD68 Wordless Wednesday is something I tried partaking in and it was so painful and pointless I stopped. If you wanna post a pic to your followers and start a conversation surely that should be on Facebook OR now Google Plus? Doing it on your blog, attaching a tacky icon to be “part” of a greater community is just a desperate grab for content .. I was guilty – twice. End of. No more.

  13. Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) says

    @marianne.worley@FrankDickinson@NancyD68 Wordless Wednesday is something I tried partaking in and it was so painful and pointless I stopped. If you wanna post a pic to your followers and start a conversation surely that should be on Facebook OR now Google Plus? Doing it on your blog, attaching a tacky icon to be “part” of a greater community is just a desperate grab for content .. I was guilty – twice. End of. No more.

  14. says

    @EugeneFarber@FrankDickinson@MSchechter@DannyBrown Pics are essential!!! The lame pics are entirely the fault of the blogger. Make your pics SAY something. I personally am a visual person, I NEED pics … a post without pics is painful – it’s like reading an obituary .

  15. says

    Ha! Love this! What about writing 5,000 word posts? ALL in the first person in PURE chat? OMG. This is WHY I CANNOT comment on mummy blogs anymore – it’s killing me. 5,000 words of “prose” ZERO headings, paragraphs if you are lucky. OMG.

    I will never understand Captcha – even with a BA and an MSc under my belt I struggle to get it right first time!! It does go hand in hand with people who limit options – if I can’t find the share button I bounce.

  16. Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) says

    Ha! Love this! What about writing 5,000 word posts? ALL in the first person in PURE chat? OMG. This is WHY I CANNOT comment on mummy blogs anymore – it’s killing me. 5,000 words of “prose” ZERO headings, paragraphs if you are lucky. OMG.

    I will never understand Captcha – even with a BA and an MSc under my belt I struggle to get it right first time!! It does go hand in hand with people who limit options – if I can’t find the share button I bounce.

  17. says

    @NancyD68 Design for me can be totally overlooked if the content is good. But lack of commenting back makes me mad. It just screams they don’t care! Having a major issue with a blogger who I gave huge link love to, tweeted etc and didn’t ever bother to acknowledge … if it wasn’t my biggest post to date I’d delete it. Actually – might just delete the link! LOL!

  18. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@FrankDickinson@NancyD68 I agree–a Wordless Wednesday only works when the selected photo is amazing, spurs conversation, and fits the theme of the blog.

  19. says

    Love it, Danny. This is like shooting a blog with 9mm straight between the eyes :)

    I have seen some of the #2 but they seem to be growing :( not getting that

  20. says

    @TrafficColeman@EugeneFarber I so don’t agree with this. What is considered “top bloggers” by most people is not how I would handle comments. However, I do agree if by top bloggers you mean Danny and the rest of the gang, but for what ever reason, newcomers keep missing the quality and going for the so (self) called A-listers…

  21. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@EugeneFarber@FrankDickinson@MSchechter@DannyBrown I usually use image at the beginning of the post and unless I am showing screenshots of how to do something, I don’t add more images. Ameena, should I change this?

  22. says

    I’m with Brankica, most “top bloggers” don’t really engage in comments much. In fact, sometimes I’ll rad their blog because they do put out a good nugget every once in a while, but I won’t bother leaving a commetn because I know it’ll just go to waste. @Brankica @TrafficColeman

  23. says

    @Brankica I dunno – I personally LOVE pics – if it’s a short post 1 pic can speak 1000 words if it’s the RIGHT pic … a longer post needs more pics … I am a VERY visual person so I love images (I do know how to read also BTW)

  24. Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) says

    @Brankica I dunno – I personally LOVE pics – if it’s a short post 1 pic can speak 1000 words if it’s the RIGHT pic … a longer post needs more pics … I am a VERY visual person so I love images (I do know how to read also BTW)

  25. MSchechter says

    @FrankDickinson@DannyBrown At least you didn’t do a spit take… I could have damaged your keyboard :)

  26. MSchechter says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) I love me a good obituary :) I’m not sure I agree, but that’s why I have a limited following. I know that all social sites adhere to the there must be a picture rule, but most of the blogs that I LOVE outside the SM world only use pictures when emphasizing a point. For me, this is a lot more powerful and focuses my attention on what’s really important the words on the page.

  27. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) It is easy to do that in any niche but I sometimes avoid them just for the reason of not being able to find anything really nice. I will start putting more pics in my posts though :)

  28. MSchechter says

    @John Falchetto@DannyBrown They are indeed! But shouldn’t the goal be to get rid of what doesn’t matter and focus in on what you believe really does? So many sites have this crappy clip art that does nothing but take away from the words on the page.

  29. MSchechter says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@FrankDickinson I think it is nice that they take the time to highlight it for you :)

  30. MSchechter says

    @EugeneFarber@FrankDickinson Off to write a new post, “There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Masturbatory” :)

  31. MSchechter says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@Brankica It’s taken me a long time to find the right balance, but I really think I’m nowhere close to getting it right!

  32. says

    @MSchechter I agree the pic should say something for sure. I know I have fallen short on my site … how do you blog about being a new mother without posting pics of your kid? Well, I think I succeed with my use of pics … but I do feel that when it comes to certain topics it get’s harder, sometimes it becomes lame and contrived but I think I still prefer a whatever, obscure pic to non at all!

  33. MSchechter says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) I agree completely, but today I wrote a post about self indulgence, do I really need a comic picture of a fat guy to prove the point?

  34. MSchechter says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence) By the way, what I agree with (which I neglected to clarify) that if you can’t write the post without it, put it in. If you can be interesting without it… why do it? Unless it is a photo blog of course :)

  35. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@marianne.worley@FrankDickinson Today’s post on my blog has the cutest picture of my son. Since it is about love overcoming fear, it works because he was so expressing pure love at that moment.

    Most pictures I can take or leave thought. Just my .02 cents.

  36. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@marianne.worley I had a post where someone disagreed with me, which was fine. What was not fine was she tried to drag another commenter into the fray. NOT OKAY.

    Make your case, but do not drag my other commenters in. Unless you know them personally. Which she did not. That was uncool. She heard about that from me.

  37. FrankDickinson says

    @Brankica@Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@EugeneFarber@MSchechter@DannyBrown I use this same method.

  38. says

    @Brankica Coming from the arms expert, I’ll take that as a compliment, miss – thank you!

    And yes, obnoxious bloggers do seem to be growing like weeds, lately… 😉

  39. says

    @mariareyesmcdavis It’s one of the reasons I don’t read as many blogs as I used to. I’ve seen a few change in what seems an attempt to just get traffic. Ah well, I guess it opens up spaces for other bloggers. 😉

  40. says

    @Brankica@TrafficColeman@EugeneFarber Completely agree, Bran – popularity and “A-list” is defined by the reader, not the one-size-fits-all approach. Top bloggers (to me) are those that bring relevant content to their audience, and walk the talk.

    It’s all well and good saying you’re the top commenter on your blog – but that should be a given, not a claim to fame… 😉

  41. says

    @Brankica@TrafficColeman@EugeneFarber Completely agree, Bran – popularity and “A-list” is defined by the reader, not the one-size-fits-all approach. Top bloggers (to me) are those that bring relevant content to their audience, and walk the talk.

    It’s all well and good saying you’re the top commenter on your blog – but that should be a given, not a claim to fame… 😉

  42. says

    @NancyD68 I think there can be some comments that don’t need a reply, though. The “great post” or “so true” ones, for example. Other times, it may be that a comment leaves no room for a reply, since there’s nothing to add, and a “thank you for commenting” answer might seem kinda lame in itself.

    It’s a fun balancing act. :)

  43. says

    @NancyD68 I think there can be some comments that don’t need a reply, though. The “great post” or “so true” ones, for example. Other times, it may be that a comment leaves no room for a reply, since there’s nothing to add, and a “thank you for commenting” answer might seem kinda lame in itself.

    It’s a fun balancing act. :)

  44. says

    @marianne.worley@NancyD68 I’ve been seeing that selective commenting a lot lately, especially on a certain popular blogger’s posts. Even when they’ve been called directly into the comments with a valid point – no response.

    I lose complete respect for folks like that.

  45. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@NancyD68 Right. Make it a static website instead, or at least be consistent and don’t ever have comments.

    I get pissed at the bloggers that only switch comments off because they know they’ll take heat (or have questions put to them) about their post. If you can write a post, then you should be able to take any questions or counterpoints that come along.

    Switching comments off is a lame way of showing you don’t care and only you know what’s best.

  46. says

    @MSchechter@FrankDickinson I like the way an image can grab your attention (if used right).

    The first thing that many web users see when they open a page is either words or a picture, and if you’re trying to grab attention, a strong image will beat 200 words any day.

  47. says

    @Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@marianne.worley@FrankDickinson@NancyD68 I think I’ve used an image-only post just once before, where I was leaving a teaser about Bonsai’s launch (it was just a silhouette of a bonsai tree, and the post was titled “Coming Soon”).

    Regular posts like that, though? Like you say, unless the picture is as strong as heck and relevant to the blog’s normal theme, I could imagine it to be confusing for readers, not to mention potentially off-putting for new visitors.

  48. MSchechter says

    @DannyBrown@FrankDickinson Right, but how often are they used wrong… and to get someones attention you are dead right. To keep it… I’ll take the 200 words any day of the week.

  49. says

    @MSchechter@FrankDickinson Oh, I’ll take the words as the keeper, for sure. But an image is a good grabber (I’m thinking Harry Potter and that golden snitch) :)

  50. says

    @MSchechter@Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@Brankica Michael I have a $49 webinar that will teach you how to improve your obnoxiousness quotient.

  51. says

    I bet I can kill a blog in just 8 easy steps.

    Can anyone top that?

    Going once?

    Going twice?

    The Alien wins Name that Blog Killing Game.

    Sorry @DannyBrown but we do have some fabulous parting gifts for you back stage.

    Speaking of Alien I miss that box I had to check. Can jennalanger help by adding this feature to Livefyre?

  52. FrankDickinson says

    @DannyBrown@Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@marianne.worley@NancyD68 I remember that post – it was such a tease – and grabber.

  53. says

    @DannyBrown@NancyD68 I am with you on this one Danny, there are a few comments on my blog that don’t get a reply, but the only reason is that I simply can’t think of anything to say as a reply

  54. says

    @NancyD68@Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@marianne.worley I had something like that happen and it causes a big fall out between me and another blogger

  55. says

    @NancyD68@Ameena Falchetto (MummyinProvence)@marianne.worley I had something like that happen and it causes a big fall out between me and another blogger

  56. says

    @HowieSPM@DannyBrown Did I forget to tell you? Livefyre added an automated Alien checker. Looks like we need to adjust the algorithm since it let you thru the door! :)

  57. GigLogo says

    Great post! I think making your readers feel like dummies because they are not exposed to what you know (yet) is definitely a blog killer. Your readers make your blog what it is, so treat your supporters good and they will in turn support you.

  58. says

    Great list, Danny. I recently commented a few times on a “big time” blog and boy…the whole process was painful. Was hard to figure out how to comment, plus they were moderated, and the follow up emails when someone replied were unreadable. I think you commented on the same post…

  59. says

    @DannyBrown haha. i was trying to be nice and not mention names. but wow. it was just odd. the follow up emails were confusing! i had no idea who wrote which comment unless I went back to his blog, and the link took you back to the entire blog, not the actual post in question. Man, I hope he gives a webinar where he explains the process…

  60. says

    @GigLogo The funny thing is, Karla, more often than not the comments are far smarter than anything the blogger wrote. Which makes treating them like dummies look like an even dumber move… 😉

  61. says

    @KenMueller Oh, I’m not very smart when it comes to being nice, mate. 😉

    Yeah, that confused the hell out of me too – I went back to read a comment and saw his new post instead. So, time to unsubscribe from that comment thread, life’s too short. :)

  62. says

    @KenMueller Oh, I’m not very smart when it comes to being nice, mate. 😉

    Yeah, that confused the hell out of me too – I went back to read a comment and saw his new post instead. So, time to unsubscribe from that comment thread, life’s too short. :)

  63. KimDavies says

    @marianne.worley@NancyD68 I hear you on that, Marianne. Been getting that, too, from this blogger that I really admired. I am thankfully staying away from that A-list blogger now. I’ve learned my lesson, thank you.

  64. KimDavies says

    @DannyBrown@marianne.worley@NancyD68 I don’t know if we’re talking about the same person, Danny, but yeah, respect lost from me as well.

  65. says

    @KimDavies@marianne.worley@NancyD68 Is it a male blogger with initials similar to mine, but change one letter in the way it appears in the alphabet? 😉

  66. says

    @HowieSPM@DannyBrownjennalanger I can do it in three. How about talk about myself and if too many people show up then do it again but in all caps and if that doesn’t seem to work put it all in bold and caps. Of course, my mom has been pretty loyal and of course, her boy can do no wrong so I can always count on her………

  67. KimDavies says

    Hi, Danny. I am still too young to kill my blog. 😀 But, maybe you can offer me easy steps on how to kill someone else’s blog next time. What do you think?

  68. says

    @HowieSPM@jennalangergini dietrich Yep, same format as posting to Twitter, just choose the Facebook option instead. Of course, you need to be friends with the person, but since Gini is friends with everyone and their cat just to make her look popular, you should be good to go.

  69. says

    @jennalanger@bdorman264@DannyBrown But your spell check needs a right click list of possible words. I have to keep trying things til the red line leaves.

    And it should follow proper rules. Like I before E except after C. Which Weird totally needs to follow.

  70. says

    @DannyBrown@jennalanger@bdorman264 I am collecting them. Then I am going to find one of Webster or Merriam’s descendants and I am going to go to their home, knock their door, read the list of word grievances, and then I am going to throw dog poop on their shoes just like the wild and crazy guys would do.

  71. says

    @NancyD68@KimDavies@HowieSPM@DannyBrownjennalanger something like 120mm :)Honestly, I was planning to say I would slam all those “cool and awesome” bloggers people don’t see through and they would get together and get me….but now that I see all these comments, I think that would be more of a way to move your blog up a bit….Dang, I have to think of something better…I do hope no one will take my ramblings against me in months to come, hubby got deployed, so I will probably be half nuts and half unbearable :)

  72. says

    @Brankica@NancyD68@KimDavies@HowieSPMjennalanger Oh, I store ALL your comment, Bran , for future reference. 😉

    And we’ll keep you company until hubby gets home!

  73. says

    @MSchechter I used to love that crappy clip art. My Apple IIE and I were masters at making really cool birthday cards with it. @John Falchetto @DannyBrown

  74. says

    @Ari Herzog I know I’ve changed the frequency here (I wrote about it a couple of months ago).

    Definitely finding it more enjoyable to write less and say more, if that makes sense? How are you finding your change?

  75. says

    @KimDavies@NancyD68 I unfollowed, unsubscribed, and uncircled several bloggers today. I’m tired of trying to engage with people and getting zero acknowledgement when there are so many awesome bloggers with great content AND great discussions.

  76. mylifestylemax says

    Oooch, smack down, lol. I love these reverse advice types of post. I don’t think I’ve committed any of these sins except #1. When I first started blogging, I had NO CLUE, how much time, energy and commitment it takes for a ‘non income generating’ activity. I had to take a step back to see how I could best utilise this type, serve my audience and look at how I was going to make this passion project a lot bigger. Consequently, the frequency of my posting changed, and yes so did some of the level of engagement…but I think I put out a higher quality of work as a result of this, and have time to spend on other things that are equally if not more important than my blog..like myself, my family, my friends my interests.

    The thing I learnt is that; unless you have laser focus, milestones and a plan..a blog is not a business model. It’s a lot of fun, but won’t buy you a pint of milk, should the need arise. For the amount of time and love I put into my blog…I want it to bring forth more than that in the long term, so I changed it up some.

  77. says

    @mylifestylemax Great points, Stacey, and know exactly where you’re coming from on the important things in life. Just got back from two days away on business, and longest two days of my life – missed putting my little boy to bed and waking him up in the morning (oh, yes, missed my wife too, haha).

    You’re so right about the blogging and passion approach – I think a lot of people look at blogging as “that thing people do when they’re bored”. Couldn’t be further from the truth – like you say, it’s a labour of love, but one that rewards so much when you see comments like yours, and the fun chats happening throughout. :)

    Cheers!

  78. KimDavies says

    @Brankica@NancyD68@HowieSPM@DannyBrownjennalanger Feel free to ramble away, Brankica. We are here to listen and keep you company. 😀

  79. BrandonPDuncan says

    Damn, Danny. I was looking for ways to get rid of all those pesky readers, but I had no idea there were so many ways to do it! ;D

    I did close comments on one post, but I did it on purpose. I had a point to make. It wasn’t a talking down thing, rather, I just needed to tell my readers (all four of them) something important and wanted to focus on the point rather than get comments that thanked me for this and that. I’ll be damned if I didn’t hear about it too. At least four (100%, if my math serves, lol) told me they wanted to comment and gave me the what for.

    Good tips. I liked the way you spun this post. Sometimes sarcasm is the best teacher, indeed!

  80. says

    Hey Danny!

    Man, I wish I read this a year ago. I learned most of these things the hard way. But sometimes that’s the best way…as long as you learn the lesson!

    There’s no right way to blog and maybe no wrong way to blog – but there are a NUMBER of things that we can avoid in order to increate and sustain a level of success.

    I hope you’ve been well Danny!

    Have a good one.

  81. says

    Danny, I’m a little upset with you for posting my secret blogging strategy publicly — this was supposed to stay between us. :)

    Good stuff! I always love when I stumble across one of those “Should you have comments on your blog?” posts and the example is Seth Godin. As if that applies to anyone else. I think being a multiple NYT bestselling author for over a decade, makes the rules a bit different. Just sayin…

    I think the sharing options are a balancing act. Too few and you limit; too many and people just don’t bother to hunt though the clutter. I see you went with six — was that just gut or has someone actually figured out the best #? (I have 6 also, but I just guessed)

  82. says

    @HowieSPM@DannyBrown@Ari Herzog You know, I thought I’d be able to find a lot more dormant sites where I could just ‘borrow’ their old posts and put my name on it; but that hasn’t worked out so well………….

  83. says

    @NancyD68@KimDavies@DannyBrown You, left-handed? I would have never guessed………….you have a left-handed style of writing…………..:). Lefties seem to march to their own beat far more than the righties……………and I’m saying that in a good way.

  84. says

    @newdaynewlesson Great addition – of course, as @KimDavies points out below, some bloggers deliberately ignore any kind of feedback unless it’s all positive… 😉

  85. says

    @adamtoporek Funny thing with Godin, he’s always been clear on why he has no comments. Besides, the guy replies to a ton of emails, so I think he gets some slack. 😉

    Regards the sharing options, I simply went with the ones that showed most traction on Google Analytics. Google+ has jumped into my Top 10 for traffic referrers (search is still #1), hence its addition. But the rest, pretty much cover those that I see as beneficial at the minute. :)

  86. says

    @Jk Allen Perfect point, Jk – everyone’s different, and we figure out what works best for us. It’s why I’m not a fan of trying to emulate someone else – don’t try and be the next Blogger X, be the first Blogger You.

    Cheers sir, hope you and yours are good too!

  87. says

    @BrandonPDuncan Haha, damned if you do, damned if you don’t, eh? 😉

    It’s definitely a fine line for commenting and keeping them open or closed – do it wrong, and like you say, you can upset even your most loyal readers. Hey ho!

  88. says

    @HowieSPM@Ari Herzog@bdorman264 Howie, I forgot you even had a blog – I thought you were just one of these folks that potter about the Internet, leaving your thoughts elsewhere. 😉

  89. geoffliving says

    That’s right. I am canning a fake authenticity to be faux obnoxious so people will think I am edgy. Have you seen my Yugo? Fuck BMWs. @DannyBrown

  90. says

    I would add – go off topic. Have a blog about chocolates and blog about bicycles this week and about laptops the next week. Would be some “work” as opposed to (1) to kill the blog, but it could be really fun to make the readers crazy :)

  91. says

    @DannyBrown@adamtoporek It always makes me chuckle when there are coincidences. Just today I can testify that Seth Godin answers his emails and pretty fast too. Although he is a man of few words when replying. (Guess he saves those for his books.)

    I wrote a blog post that referred to him ( http://www.newdaynewlesson.com/jump-on-your-ideas/ ) and I wanted his okay to use a picture of him from his site so I emailed him and an hour or so later had an okay from him.

    One of these days I am going to write books that are as amazing as his but in a bit of a different field.

  92. says

    Danny,

    I went back and reread a blog post I’d written this morning and nearly put myself to sleep! How could I have forgotten how to write the way I speak? I THOUGHT I’d conveyed my passion. Nope. So, I’d add to the list “be yourself”.

  93. says

    @DannyBrown@BetsyKCross It is a rite of passage and part of finding your voice. I shudder when I look at some of my old material, but it also shows how far I have come.

  94. says

    Yeah I hate when I see someone that writes a really great blog post and then they just stop writing for an entire month or so it just makes me so angry inside or when I want to leave a comment and I have to write in a captcha that I could barely read either. Making the blogging experience easy for your readers and efficient is going to be the best thing that you can do for yourself.

  95. says

    Danny, sorry to be late to the conversation here…but from the looks of it, you would not have missed my presence. Gotta love that LiveFyre 😉

    I want to talk about #1 for a second. Most people don’t talk about the effect of writing less (than normal), but to me, when I see it, it always sends a clear signal—“This blogger is losing the edge”….Kinda like Merlin in the movie ‘Top Gun’, if someone has one foot out the door, it’s hard to get passionate about that person’s work…Hard to explain, but true. I want to be around and support people like me—folks that are in this sucker for the long haul.

    Great list bud,

    Marcus

  96. Leon says

    G’Day Danny,

    Great stuff. Love the bit about bloody Captchas. And also about comments. I’ve always had serious doubts about benchmarking too. If the likes of Seth Godin doesn’t respond to comments, that’s the benchmark so the gurus tell us. That’s fine if you’re another Seth in your field…………

    Of course, the idea of killing off some blogs does have a certain appeal.

    That’d be fun wouldn’t it?

    Regards

    Leon

  97. says

    @Leon Haha, oh, I have a list of blogs I’d like to kill off mate – one of them would probably be endorsed by @HowieSPM 😉

    And yeah, Seth has spent 10 years+ growing his audience – pretty sure not every blogger has that luxury, though some would like to think they did… 😉

    Hey, unrelated fact – I had been going back and forth with jenna langer on the new Livefyre features, and the release dates, in preparation for switching back on here, and when I saw that you had commented on gini dietrich ‘s blog using Livefyre, I knew the time was right. :)

  98. says

    @Marcus_Sheridan I know what you mean, mate, though I think it’s important to define “writing less” versus “losing the edge”.

    I know a few bloggers who have changed their writing habits (going from daily to once every 2-3 days) so they keep the edge. They’re definitely writing less, but (from my viewpoint) they’re better for it.

    And nice use of Merlin, dude. 😉

  99. says

    @Justicewordlaw I have to admit, I’m guilty of one of my pet peeves, mate – not finishing a blog series. There are a couple on here that I let slip, and I really should go back and finish them – thanks for the kick in the pants! :)

    And I see you interviewed Christian – I’ll have to pop over and read that, cheers, mate.

  100. says

    @DannyBrown Yeah, I know I have done some series that I forgot about at times but you learn and move on. Yeah, the interview with smartboydesigns was really good. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far.

  101. says

    I loved the use captchas! Many people still do…maybe they like being the murderer…!

    I love the ideas to blog about…maybe I should try that!

  102. says

    I want to talk about #5 for a moment. Certainly, you want to be enable your content’s shareability across various social networks, but be selective. Understand where your audience ‘hangs out’ and making sharing to those networks possible. MySpace? Reddit? Digg? Including those suggests that the author of the blog is woefully out of touch and, dare I say, a bit desperate for exposure. I’ve enabled social sharing on my blog – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google +, as well as StumbleUpon – because they make the most sense for my intended audience and network reach.

  103. says

    @jasonkonopinski Hi Jason,

    I agree and disagree. Your last sentence explains why people should include Digg, or MySpace, or Reddit – because it’s right for *their* audience.

    In Europe, Bebo is a huge network yet very underused in North America. So if the blogger isn’t checking their analytics, and misses the fact that their #1 audience is based in Europe, they’ll miss a large chunk of their audience.

    It’s less to do with a blogger being “woefully out of touch” as much as it is being prepared for the needs of their readers.

  104. says

    @DannyBrown Well said, and a point that I hadn’t fully considered. If a blogger understands their audience and where they’re coming from, then smaller niche networks certainly make sense. However, I often encounter blogs that include every possible social network in their social sharing plug-in in an effort to maximize their reach with little to no attention paid as to whether those delivery vehicles are worthy of inclusion.

  105. says

    @jasonkonopinski Ha, I think we must have visited the same blogs. 😉

    Completely agree on the overkill, it probably means less sharing as there are so many options.

  106. ginidietrich says

    @DannyBrown@KenMueller And I’m not good at meeting friends for coffee when I’m 20 miles from their house either.

  107. MirrorDotMe says

    These are great tongue-in-cheek suggestions for killing a blog :-) The first few apply to your Twitter account, too. Thanks for sharing and for the smiles!

    –Jenn at Mirror.me

  108. says

    I share your sentiments with the crazy captcha options, my goodness. For that person who created those word combinations, he/she probably has a different version of coherent and legible.

  109. Insomnia Treatment says

    Love number 4 ‘Use Captchas.’ Having just got to the age where I need to wear glasses for reading I am having a bad time with captchas. Refresh, refresh again, refresh one more time and then take a guess before starting the process over. If only they would use real words!

  110. says

    So this is what I’ve been doing wrong (along with being very late to read some posts) .. or right .. or halfway. Relieved you didn’t include being snarky or made up acronymns in this, otherwise I’d be in big trouble as I try to skirt obnoxiousness. Glad the comments mentioned lack of or selective comment replies; the lack of comment replies don’t always deter me from reading a good post, but they do keep me from commenting (which come to think of it.. may be part of the plan). Making notes for myself, make the search box bigger whenever I get to my extreme blog makeover. FWIW.

  111. says

    Ok, so I am the 209th comment… Catching up after the summer.

    I had thought about Leo and his choice not to have comments on his blog. Intially I thought wow, that is great that he can have such a large following without comments… Then I read his article on soy stating that soy in a word is not dangerous.

    I would have loved to have given him info on this as unfortunately, the verdict is mixed and it depends on the type of soy you are talking about. It is the fermented soy products: tempeh, miso and nato and soybean sprouts which are safe. All the rest is not safe including the milk by virtue of how it is processed. So where a little knowledge is dangerous. But Leo has no comments on his blog so no way to inform him. Dr. Mercola has some excellent articles

    I have since unsubscribed from his minimalist blog (nice thought but you know my husband has been a minimalist since birth…) I just can’t get too excited about this. And will soon unsubscribe from his zen habits blog and stick to the experts. He is not an expert in my eyes.

    So yes, his lack of commenting killed his blog for me. I just hope his misinformation does not harm others.

    Regards,Rajka

  112. says

    @ExpatDoctorMom Sorry to hear that, Rajka, though I know what you mean about responsibility.

    It was via the comments on a post from Julien Smith that I met john falchetto and the rest is history. 😉

    But yeah, Julien was advising about a diet he was on, with no disclosure that he’s not a physician or nutritionist, and there was some dangerous information in the post, had certain people followed it.

    We have to make sure we’re being responsible with all we say online, especially with the ease of access to that information. Scary stuff.

  113. says

    @ExpatDoctorMom Hi Rajka, well I think we should stick to sharing advice on stuff we actually know a little bit about. Dishing out health advice has becoming a new trending topic for many bloggers.

    Leo does have some excellent posts about other topics beside health.

    I’m going back to my 4hour body routine 😉

  114. Jennymeyer says

    This can be one of the most useful blogs we have ever come across on the subject. Actually great info! I am also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

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