What constitutes good blogging?
This is another immensely difficult question to answer; in a similar vein to the first
post, “What is writing?” I feel as though this question is in fact rhetorical in nature
(pun very much intended… if that can even be called a pun in this case? More like
the etymology of the phrase “rhetorical question” just suddenly became quite clear).
Essentially, while I certainly don’t believe there can be any objective answers to the
question, I do believe that it’s question can prompt some interesting epiphanies in
its own right. The question itself is not meant to be answered, but it’s posing
provides value in its own right.
So, with that in mind, I’ll press toward the answer in two parts. The first will be the
blog that I think is worth following: Rageology (http://www.rageology.com/). Now,
I must admit, this is a little bit of shameless self-promotion; Rageology is a music
blog created by some close friends of mine from high school that actually ended up
receiving nationwide attention (and I myself have been featured in it a couple times
over the years, one way or another). Yet while it has fallen into mild disrepair the
last few years as the frequency of posts greatly diminishes, I don’t necessarily think
that productivity is a mark of a good blog, and in all other ways Rageology does
meet my mark of a good blog. [On the blog I would insert a Soundcloud link here]
Take for instance this post describing Team Bayside High’s “Keep You (Remix)”:
“It’s the sort of song a gang of Hell’s Angels plays during a shootout, chewing
tobacco and tightening their bandannas. The bass is as firm as a dried worm. When
the western whistle comes in, you better have your stirrups and fake mustaches on.”
The amount of vividness in this brief description is a far cry (and welcome break)
from the standard “this song is bad” or “this song is good” of many music blogs
today. He juxtaposes simply the oddest of images to really craft a fantastical reality
to which the listener can escape each time s/he hears the song. I know I for one have
never been able to get the author’s image out of my head when hearing the song.
Yet, this kind of effort and masterful rhetoric is not the only thing that makes “good
blogging”, which brings me to part 2 of my analysis. I have a friend who created a
private Tumblr page that she still refers to as “her blog.” I of course cannot link it
here, as it’s more or less a diary, but having looked at it privately, I found it to be
incredibly compelling in its own way. She no doubt compiled the site for her own
purposes only, with no regard to any audience, and yet, she has a rhetorically
successful piece on her hands. Thus, this question is just another example of one
that can’t be answered. What it can do, however, is introduce us to some great blogs
we may never have found before, and teach us to keep an open mind while reading.