May 12th, 2008

Onwards & Upwards

Posted in Blogging by 200

I think today marks  8 months of blogging a post every single day. Yes, this is the most productive Police Blog in the Blogosphere. (OK, sometimes I go for quantity rather than quality, it’s true). What started off as an attempt to post every day for a month slipped into three months & then six months, so I guess it would be rude not to try for a whole year (although when my holiday comes up it might be interesting).

Thanks to my small band of regular supporters & commenters, it would be soul destroying if nobody ever reacted to anything I typed, either pro or against (or indifferent). I couldn’t do it without you!

I was wondering what makes a good blog in general and a good police blog specifically. I know the ones I like & I also recognise ones which I don’t. I guess it’s a matter of personal taste but there are one or two really popular blogs out there which don’t light any fires for me. Yet they are read in the thousands.

So, you read blogs, presumably there is something here which persuades you to give up your valuable time to read it, you probably read other blogs too. What is the secret of a good blog, or in other words, how can I improve this one?  Is it the subject matter, the writing style, how important is humour/seriousness? Is length of post a factor, pictures? What is it which makes you want to come back to read the next update?

Suggestions greatly received….

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15 comments

  1. Steven Harris says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 4 months or so now and I think you’ve got a good blogging style.

    I’d say that blog posts in general need to be short, punchy, and to the point. A blog might be one of 50 or 60 that people read regularly so if yours isn’t written succinctly people will just skip by. A good opening paragraph is always essential.

    A well designed blog is important too. Nothing too flashy with loads of images that takes ages to load, and something that can be read well on all browsers (your blog is fine in this regard btw).

    Aa far as police blogs go, I’d say that people like to read “real life” stories about stuff that happens in the job (like PC Copperfield’s when it first started) but I also prefer to read about lots of the political and office bullsh*t that goes on away from public view.

    May 12th, 2008 at 21:43

  2. Grumpy Old Biker says:

    For what it’s worth….don’t change a thing.

    Your greatest strength is the extraordinary way you manage to write every day – it gives me a daily ‘fix’ of 200.

    You provide the perfect balance of cynicism, humour and insight. Your engrossing subjects range from your own personal irritations to those of a global nature. I love it!

    Apart from that, it’s crap.

    May 12th, 2008 at 21:57

  3. Litew8 says:

    I’m with Grumpy!

    L.

    May 12th, 2008 at 22:01

  4. NightJack says:

    What the other guys said. Posting every single day is also v v hard. I couldn’t manage it and I’ve only been at this a few months. You are always worth reading.

    Good luck with keeping on keeping on

    NJ

    May 12th, 2008 at 22:51

  5. Stuart says:

    I would like more real life stories – a proper perspective on your daily jobs is nice, instead of reading something on a police website about how everything is la-dee-da. We need nitty gritty details! (All while respecting confidentiality of course..)

    May 12th, 2008 at 23:31

  6. Annette says:

    I agree with what the others say. Your blogs are sharp and to the point and very interesting. You tell us things that happen in your work life which, quite frankly, I wouldn’t have a clue about otherwise.
    You also have a very sharp sense of humour, which is good.
    I love reading your blogs and look forward to it every day.

    May 13th, 2008 at 07:09

  7. Reactively Proactive says:

    I find the stories about the best and worst bobbies that you come into contact with are the most amusing. The lazy ones that never shout up until they know its an easy job that they can string out until 10 mins to home time compared to the ones that call up for everything going, even the crappy jobs.

    Keep up the good work with the daily update. Your’s is one of 4 I read most days.

    May 13th, 2008 at 11:07

  8. TheBinarySurfer says:

    I read yours about once a week, and although i don’t comment often it’s interesting and informative and above all truthful (which is what i read police blogs to hear)

    Keep it up

    May 13th, 2008 at 13:10

  9. reallifedilbert says:

    hi 200,

    I have been following your blog, amongst others for a good 6 months now and you along with some of the others have inspired me to start one up myself!

    Keep up the good work and i’ll be follwoing peoples comment son this thread with intrest :)

    Cheers

    Dil

    May 13th, 2008 at 15:16

  10. Civ_In_The_City says:

    200,

    I keep coming back since Copperfield moved to pastures new. I agree with the other commenters about how frequently you post new items, with humour and insight. It also gives us a chance to put the world to rights with our responses.

    As my ‘handle’ might suggest I`m a Civ employee of a U.K. force, I`m also no fan of extreme political correctness, so the two things cause a lot of friction and fodder for blogs.

    I`m not so cynical that I think things cannot change for the better (though I am very cynical), blogs such as this have an important role to play in bringing about that change. Hopefully there are many MOP`s (members of the public) who read this blog and will start to investigate more deeply into the lunacy that often drives public services.

    So, while your marriage (and sanity) are holding up please keep posting.

    May 13th, 2008 at 20:49

  11. bill says:

    200, I have been a fan of your site for about a year. Love it, and your sense of humour.

    However, I have to say, sadly lacking in sex.

    Shame.

    May 13th, 2008 at 22:02

  12. Der Flange says:

    What Bill said x2 . More hot giblets please….. or at least some…

    May 14th, 2008 at 07:49

  13. Twining or Black in Blue says:

    I like it just the way it is.

    May 14th, 2008 at 10:40

  14. 200 says:

    Thanks guys.

    Bill, not sure I’m with you there – sadly lacking in sex, is that a comment on your current state of play or my blog? (either way, being a happily married chap of some pretty long standing, I know where you’re coming from brother!!)

    May 14th, 2008 at 16:06

  15. Dickiebo says:

    If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!
    Continue to write YOUR blog, don’t worry about what we think. If we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t come. No way will we ever agree on everything, blimey, I often argue with things I said yesterday!!! so there’s no chance of me agreeing with anybody else.

    May 16th, 2008 at 14:17

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