A comment on our previous poll post sparked an interesting question.
Some blogs are compelling specifically because the bloggers are interesting. The blogs are about them and the blog is a window into the blogger’s life or the blogger’s way of viewing the world. Here we would be characters in a narrative and you’re curious to see how the story goes.
Other blogs are compelling because the provide information or different ways of thinking about issues. It’s not so important who has written the post so much as the information imparted within the post.
(We’re not sure whether to feel complimented or dissed if it’s the reality show of our lives that is interesting rather than the information and arguments that we try to impart. It has to be a compliment if our stated reason for starting the blog was to become Famous on the Internet. And yet… there’s something about being associated with the Kardashians that is a bit unsettling.)
For us, it isn’t so much the former or the latter so much as the ensuing discussion that makes our posts interesting to us.
Do you prefer posts that are personality-driven or posts that are more informational? If it depends, what does it depend on?