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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Great Advice for Good Bloggers -- I'd say the Christopher Butcher model is most reflected in this piece on blog post frequency by Eric Kintz. Butcher may not post every day, but it's almost always compelling and link-worthy.

Participants in the new mini-phenom of co-opted group blogs [Blog@Newsarama, Comics Should Be Good] would do well to read this essay. I've bookmarked both of them and even linked 'em in the sidebar, but honestly the dozens and dozens of posts they've racked up in the past week all run together in a blur when I try to think about them. [via Lost Remote]



Blogger markus said...

I say Kintz's argument, as presented, is bullshit. Or rather, he manages to extend a simple "quality is better than quantity" argument to ten bullet points. Freed of all his blather it seems pretty clear to me that in relation to comics blogs he is merely somewhat right, mostly if by "quantity" we essentially understand "repeating press releases". As soon as one puts e.g. the high frequency snark of the late FBR against thoughtful Butcher pieces, I doubt one can asign a clear winner. Even the Beat, despite being mostly press releases has enough of a distinct voice and enough commentary to make it superior to e.g. Newsarama.
That said, I agree the two "new" blogs still need to find their voices. I wish blog@newsarama would drop the press release type post, and CSBG also could do with a tighter focus. I trust another month will see both improving.

10 June, 2006 08:17  
Blogger Augie De Blieck Jr. said...

And I actually agree with a lot of that blog entry, and want to thank you for pointing it out to me, ADD. It's something I've been thinking about regarding my own blog. It started out as a place where I could talk about or review all my non-comics interests. Somewhere along the way, it morphed into "Everything that filters through Augie" and down into link dumps that you could find on a half dozen other link list blog sites. So I'm working back towards how it started, considering maybe less posts, but more meaty material. That will give my blog something worth other people linking to. That will give me the writing exercises I need. And it will be better for the blog.

Not that I want to miss a day anytime soon, mind you. I've updated seven days a week now for at least a couple of years, if not longer. I have an Iron Man streak to maintain here. =)

But I think much the same idea could apply to comics blogs. Look at the popularity of Dave's Long Box, for one example. Everything the guy does should be linked to by a million other blogs. I'm not so sure we need more generic review blogs.

That said, I agree with Markus in that there is still a lot of defining personality in the works of The Beat and The Comics Reporter, for two. Even when they link to other sites, they usually add more material to it than just a URL and an A HREF.

But it's definitely about to become more about CREATING material than it is about LINKING TO material. The CREATORS will win out.

14 June, 2006 15:30  
Blogger ADD said...

Glad you found it useful, Augie...I usually hesitate to link to non-comics material, but that seemed pretty valuable advice.

I agree that links+commentary is a winner every time over plain old linking for the sake of linking, which pretty much makes my eyes glaze over when overdone...

14 June, 2006 15:44  

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