Science Fact�: If the internet were fueled by strongly-worded opinions, then it would consume itself in a violently spiralling frenzy of destruction, like an ouroboros gone supernova. That's why we use ethernets instead. The cable shielding prevents this from happening.
Courtesy Hubble Space Telescope
It's only natural, then, that a numbered series of posts is a bad idea. This means that the author has committed to writing a certain number of entries without even giving us, the audience, a chance to express our opinions on the matter.
Imagine waking up and going to your favorite blog to see Peeling My Scabs: Counting Down to June 16, National Scab Day
. The chain of thought might go:
1. Who authorized this shit?
2. I didn't authorize this shit.
3. I can't believe this shit got authorized until National Scab Day.
What is the solution, then? We must express our opinions MOAR
to MAKE IT GO AWAY
if we can't KILL IT WITH FIRE
. Meanwhile, there are plenty of people who like
scabs, and can't understand why we are attacking the author, especially one with such a nice scab collection.
But some topics require more than one blog to do them justice. What then?
1. LIE dvddesign
has a blog series entitled Japan: A Blog pt. X of 912
. Does anyone seriously believe he'll make it to 912? I'm thinking 850 at best. Nice try, dvddesign, but some of us aren't gullible.
2. DON'T NUMBER
Numbers remind people of a) how long you've been bothering them with this, b) how much longer you plan on bothering them with this, or c) waffles
. So if it's c), you should be fine.
3. MIX IT UP
When something happens all the time, people take it for granted. Take gravity and genocide as two examples. But mix it up a little, and a formerly monotonous blog becomes a pleasant surprise! Imagine that suddenly gravity switched off. We'd have so much fun floating about and eating astronaut ice cream until our atmosphere drifted off into space. Blogs should seek to evoke the first part of that sentence, before all the screaming and dying
I hope this helps. I'll be posting more of these, about one every hour. The quality will probably degrade with each post as we all lose interest.