What makes a ‘Good Post?’

I guess we’ve all asked ourselves that at some stage, especially when something we are really pleased with gets few views or a response whereas something we consider not so good gets a lot of recognition.

Variety I think is good, and I try to keep that by doing prompts every day, be it words, photos and more recently music. I like to write short stories, something with a twist in the tail or a poem, whatever inspires me from the prompt. Other times the mind just goes into shutdown, and I either have to come back to it, or not do it at all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I write a lot about Maggie, especially lately with her health problems. I worry about her, and sometimes putting out a post about it helps as the response is great from fellow pet owners. I really appreciate that, as it helps me get things in perspective.
I also write about our life, which isn’t exactly spellbinding or mind-boggling, but we have our moments, have some fun, and of course we have our walks along the beach or in the park. I worry about Hubby’s health and whether my cooking is doing him harm or good, though we try to eat sensibly. Sometimes, OK a lot of the time, we have too many treats in a short space of time.

With Christmas not that far away, I am working on what to buy now which we won’t eat and have to replace (like mince pies), and what to get Hubby on our ยฃ10 dash. I love that about our Christmases, the sillier the better. My cards are all made, the newsletter practically ready and I’m working on The Poem for 2018.

So, what do you think makes a good post on your blog?
Do you have favourite?
What do you prefer to write about?
What do you like to read on other people’s blogs (or mine)
What attracts you to follow a blogger?
I’m interested to know.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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42 Responses to What makes a ‘Good Post?’

  1. For me I like to read the more personal things like about Maggie, anything that is light and makes for a good day

  2. Paula Light says:

    I like when people share something personal like a photo of a pet or a funny little encounter they had at the store or even something that annoyed or upset them. Iโ€™m fine with rants! Theyโ€™re sharing genuine emotion. I also enjoy stand-alone poetry and flash fiction.

    I tend not to love newsdrops… I know where CNN is, lol. I donโ€™t come to blogs for links to the news or to be redirected to other clickbait sites or to noisy vids. Basically if a blogpost is a line and a link, I give it a pass. Idk if the blogger is getting paid for that or what, but itโ€™s annoying.

  3. Michael says:

    A good post for me is when I feel I have put some of me into it, when I feel excited by what I have written and that my written word makes a degree of sense to me. So often these are posts no one reads but that’s ok, I think feeling good about what you write is the most important thing….I like your comment in reason for writing about Maggie, I think that’s an excellent reason to write.
    My favourites are the continuous tales I’ve written mainly because I have had such a good time in composing them. I like seeing how they develop and where they take me. I’m also enthused by Reena’s challenges because she makes me think and that can’t be all that bad at this age.
    I like to write about my own version of fantasy, mainly because I like the notion of there being no rules within which I can write…..when I was teaching I liked to write about madness for the same reason.
    I’ve always been intrigued reading your tales of living on the boat, I find that fascinating, I’m not sure I could do it but it must have been a great time. On other blogs I find people who write about political leanings most entertaining, mainly because I find them so serious in their beliefs.
    I’ve always tried to follow bloggers I see as writing honestly. Their take on life, their humour and I like to encourage people I see having a go at writing and wanting to pursue writing, its not always easy and for a lot of folk its about confidence in what they write, if they enjoy what they write and I can see it then I like to encourage them in whatever way i can.
    You did ask a few questions Di and I gave you a few answers. Hope these are ok…

    • Great stuff Michael. Thanks so much for commenting. I know exactly what you mean about enjoying what we write and putting a part of ourselves into it.
      I love your little series (where is Miss Marble btw)
      I’ve had so much support through the blogging community, and it is always so good to read someone else’s opinion or experience of something close to heart.
      We loved our time on the boat, and if health issues (as well as escalating costs for a simple life) hadn’t got in the way, we’d still be on it, though not on a residential marina. It was good fun, we learned a lot about the important things and what really mattered.
      Always great to hear from you.

  4. tidalscribe says:

    I like all sorts, especially if they come with a dollop of humour. A short blog is good, not just because we feel we can read it straight away, but to say a lot in not too many words is a skill of writing. However, bloggers who post less frequently, but have researched into a topic of interest are worth bookmarking and saving for later.
    I love flash fiction, funny cartoons and reading about people’s lives and writers’ lives.

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  6. syncwithdeep says:

    Interesting q.. I will answer this soon di

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  8. I love to read about Maggie. There’s no such thing as a good post, I think. There are posts that you pour your heart into, and then there are the ones that you don’t pour that much of your heart into. If that makes any sense. Or maybe it’s just me who thinks of it that way. As of me, recently I’ve turned to fiction and ever since then that’s what I mostly write. And I love writing flash fiction, especially tales with a twist! It’s funny actually – I never thought I’ll be about to write fiction, but that’s life for you. You end up doing things you never thought you’d do! As for reading, some posts just connect with you and you just can’t leave without leaving a comment. On the other hand, there are posts that you don’t relate to on such a level. I can’t really explain it. There are bloggers whose works I love and enjoy so much that I even sit and catch up with all of the previous posts.

    At the end of the day, it’s your blog. It’s your content. I don’t think writing just for the sake of connecting with people will do me any favours. So, I follow my heart and write, all the while hoping that my readers are able to relate to it. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I think you are so right. We all write our blogs differently, but if the time comes when we no longer enjoy it, time to re-evalauate. I like to write fiction, some of which may be based on experience, and anything to do with pets I am content to read, comment, and write about. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to my questions. Have a good day.

  9. scifihammy says:

    Yes I agree it is frustrating when you put hours of work and your heart and soul into a post only to have it pass through the Blogosphere like a wisp of wind, yet others that you knock up in a minute get many likes!
    I also like variety and I like the honesty in your posts. Your every day might be quite different to mine, so it is interesting to read about. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. SueW says:

    Nice to meet you, a fellow blogger from England.
    Gosh, all in the eye of the beholder isnโ€™t it? I think a sense of humour attracts me to a blog, articles that are interesting and where the writerโ€™s personality shines through. If theyโ€™re not lengthy and are well written they usually keep my attention. I rarely continue following if a writer publishes several times in the same day, Itโ€™s time consuming and difficult to keep up with.

    My own blog is a mixed bag, something of a varied journal through life. I tend to publish two or three times a week, I also share the Challenge and Prompt site Weekly Prompts with my partner GC, we set this up this site At the end of May following the demise of WPโ€™s Daily Prompts purely to issue challenges and not as a personal blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Sue, thanks for responding. I confess I put out several posts a day, but try to keep them quite short, unlike my earlier stuff which went on and on!. Most are prompts though and as my time is my own, I can do them. Will check out your prompt blog later today. Have a good weekend.

  12. So, what do you think makes a good post on your blog?

    A post with photos to backup the text. If I’m writing a travel blog post I hope my post will be picked up by search engines so I ensure it contains longtail keywords. I have a few that are on the first page of google (or at least they were). Laughing… one was a post on cucumbers- Don’t ask LoL

    Do you have favourite?

    Yes, my favourite…well 2:Pilates on the beach and Turkish Loos in France.

    What do you prefer to write about?

    I write poetry, mosaics, gardening, recipes, mosaics, travel and life. I also post a few pet peeves
    which can be quite humorous.
    So a mixture of content.
    Poets may be interested in gardening or cooking but I doubt most gardeners would be interested in poetry. I have a mixed batch of followers.

    What do you like to read on other peopleโ€™s blogs (or mine)

    I like variety and photos. I don’t like a walls of text. I like short snappy posts. Anything over about 600 words I lose interest.

    I also find it interesting that some poets do not know the difference between haiku and senryu and everyone comments says great haiku! no one picks up on it.

    What attracts you to follow a blogger?
    Initially the layout of a blog. I am dyslexic so I am a visual person. I prefer magazine style blogs where I can see all recent posts which I can then dip into rather than scrolling down.
    Humour. I love people with a kind heart and sense of humour. I started blogging 2010 and back then it seemed blogging was more about community and we loved the WP challenges.

    anyway, I’ve prattled on…

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