Thousands of people already know about the assignment Darren Rowse posted on his ProBlogger website. For those who don’t, today’s exercise for learning how to Build a Better Blog is to practice writing a list. Lists can be useful tools for attracting readers as they help people skim for useful information, break things down into bite-sized pieces, and keep things organized. It’s also much harder to ramble when forced to contain one’s thoughts in small chunks.
In keeping with the spirit of the assignment, I’m making a list post. I strongly recommend that you check out the ProBlogger site for how to do this right; I’m simply too busy to explain, because:
1. I haven’t done my kid’s tax returns yet, and they’re pestering me for their refunds.
2. My mother says it’s been 3 weeks since I visited her, and at age 88, every day matters. (Actually they matter at any age, and she didn’t tell me that—she never whines.)
3. I need to go buy Easter candy for my 3 young-adult children. I thought sure I could stop that tradition once they started college, but no. Now they want the goodies and gift cards.
4. I missed the mailman this morning because I was reading about how to make my blog better. Now I have to drive 12 miles to the post office to mail the bills I forgot to put in the mailbox. Thankfully I can buy the candy at the same time; I believe that’s considered multi-tasking. Aren’t I the organized one?
5. Good blog posts require thinking, and seldom get read anyway. Even doing spontaneous, mindless posts like this one take up valuable time that we’ll never get back.
There you go; 5 reasons I shouldn’t blog. Assignment complete!
Edited to clarify: This tongue-in-cheek post is a Shoutout compliment to the ProBlogger site of Darren Rowse, http://www.problogger.net/ which contains fantastic info for bloggers. Check it out.