What Makes A Good Blog? – I Want Blood, Not Catsup

10256715-close-up-of-french-fries-and-ketchup-on-white-background[1]Daily Prompt: Great or Greatest?

What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?

Sports writer, Red Smith, once said, (or words to this effect) ’Writing is the easiest thing in the world to do, You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.’ Anyone who takes their writing serious knows what that mean;. you put yourself on the page.

I look for blood, as it were, on the page.

When my son was in his teens I was always playing jokes on him. One day he was in the bathroom with the door shut. I smeared catsup below my left eye. A knife was gripped in hand and held to my eye as if the knife had caused a bloody wound. (I don’t think things out so well, I know this is terribly bizarre and disturbing, but for some strange reason I thought it was clever and funny at the time.)

I knocked on the door. “Ahhhhhh,” I moaned as if in pain. “There’s been an accident.”

My son said with little hesitation, “I don’t know what you think you are trying to pull, Dad, but I can smell the catsup.”

The sight of blood can be faked with catsup, but it doesn’t pass the smell test. It is the same with writing. Some blogs may look like good writing, but doesn’t smell like it.

I don’t read blogs that try to regale me with words or stuff that is meant to fake me into thinking it’s blood. That said, I sometimes look for the person behind the regaling also.

Writing is, in some ways, trying to seek truth and reveal it on a page. It’s sometimes wrapped in a story, essay, or poem, but it’s a truth; it’s what you are trying to tell or show others. Truth is simple and straightforward.

If it’s blood I read, I hit “like”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If it’s catsup I smell, I take a hike

Catsup goes great with fries.

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37 comments

  1. That appealed to me (she says as she wipes the blood stains off the computer – makes a change to milk and crumbs from the breakfast session). I write because I enjoy writing, I am still not sure whether I can or not. Tell me: are there times when nothing seems to flow and other times when yes, I have it, the blog of the year. I often wonder how others feel when writing their masterpieces (which you are very good at).

    • Thanks for you kind assessment. It is strange when writing. Sometimes you may feel that something you have written is not good or may have little impact, but pow! Everyone has wonderful words to say about it. Just write and flow or write and struggle. Good or bad, be honest.

  2. I see your point; I wish I were linguistically skilful to convey such thing, I think that what requires of as a writer ..

  3. I think you’re absolutely right! As you always seem to be! I feel there’s always a bit of me on the page, wittingly or unwittingly…and yes, the one’s that people like the most are the ones that have the darker side of me on there. Ah well, I guess I should get back to bleeding…

  4. I must say you’ve got quite an earthy style to your writing and a bit of a wicked sense of humour thrown in there too.

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