Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In Which I Hold Forth on Blogging

Giveaways - If you are giving something away on your blog, have your readers leave a comment. Have extra entries (and comments) for things like following your blog, following you on Twitter, befriending you on Facebook, etc. When I see a giveaway like this:
For one entry simply:
1. Follow this blog
2. Write a post about why you follow this blog
3. Go to this website
4. Come back here and tell me your favorite thing about aforesaid website
5. Donate blood
6. Type in pi to one hundred digits.
7. Come back here and leave a comment to tell me all these steps are complete.
8. And remember - if all these steps aren't complete, you'll be disqualified
9. Don't forget about pi to one hundred digits...
Sorry, I just dozed off there for a second. And I am for sure not entering your contest. Anyone willing to jump through more than two hoops is welcome to whatever it is you're giving away. (If you'd like to enter a giveaway that doesn't have hoops, my mom has one going on right now!)

Just.Give.It.Away.Already. If I have to make my part time job entering your contest, it isn't a gift.

Facebook - If you have a fan page for your blog, feel free to mention it. If you put out a friend request in order to increase your blog visibility and then, once you have thousands of blog followers and Facebook friends, drop your friends because you don't need them any more  ("See you on my fan page!"), then you are what is known as a jerk. Either do a fan page or friend request but not both. And certainly don't penalize the people who helped you get so many blog readers if you must change from befriending to fans.

I will not link to blogs that have acted this way. I still read them if I find them useful, but I will not link to them. For similar reasons, I do not link to many "big" blogs. Pioneer Woman doesn't need my help.

Issues - Remember that there are two sides to pretty much any story. Also remember that there is no list of fifteen things you can do to have a perfect life, perfect family and perfect health. Blogs about food and "natural" living are particularly egregious about this. I don't care if you are so into raw milk that you sit under the cow to drink it - just because I am not convinced about the virtue of such behavior doesn't mean I am poisoning my children.

I want to feed my family wisely. I want us to pursue good health. I take my kids to the Farmer's Market... every once in a while. We take supplements. We try to eat a balanced diet (whatever that is!). But I am not willing to make food, natural or otherwise, an idol in my life. Food isn't the answer to every health problem, and bloggers who pretend like it is are doing themselves and their readers a disservice. (One side note here: another pet peeve is quoting a book about diet or food and saying it is "extensively footnoted and researched" when in fact the footnotes are for other studies by the author. That's not the same thing.)

And don't even get me started on vaccinations - talk about a hot button, personal issue! I don't think I've seen a discussion break down any faster than that one always does.

I feel better now.

Be sure to check back here at Candid Diversions for my new facebook fan page, a list of ten ways to never gain another pound and an e-book giveaway consisting of five easy steps to enter!

These are the candid opinions of an opinionated blogger. Your mileage may vary (or YMMV, as we say in the biz). And that last paragraph was in no way meant to be taken seriously. But if you have a list of ten ways to never gain another pound but still eat what I want, feel free to let me know.

14 comments:

Karabeth Baptist Homeschool said...

Great post! I was really worried there for a minute thinking, "Did I give readers too many steps in order to enter the giveaway?" Nah! I didn't think so.

How to eat whatever you want and never gain a pound: come up and live on our treadmill. Or at least that's the method I'm going to be trying. LOL!

I saw your "pioneer" tweet. Yes, I consider us that also. And that post might seriously be in the future. I've already been thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

great site! I am supporting it!! Will definitely come back again – having you rss feeds also,

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Thank you. This works like a dream!

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