A number of bloggers have made comments at Geneabloggers. As an opinionated genealogy blogger I must add my thoughts.
A few months ago I wrote a post Geniaus - Mission Statement Missing in which I talked about audience and purpose in blogging. I think it is putting the cart before the horse to talk about what a blog must have before thinking about why the blog is written and for whom.
Is the blog for entertainment, education, advertising or promotion?
That being said I think that these elements from the list of musthaves proposed by Judy are probably the minimum needed for any blog:
- About me
- Subscribe option
- Follow option
- Blog archive
I applied a new template to my blog a few months ago so that I could add extra bells and whistles to my blog. I thought long and hard about which to use and where to place them on the page (and I am still shifting them around). .I live less than an hour from Sydney's CBD in a semi-rural area where we, like our country cousins, have poor internet connectivity Although my blog is loaded with bling it seems to load in a reasonable time considering the constraints.
Once a genealogy blogger has thought about the purpose and audience for her blog then it is time to consider which bells and whistles are appropriate to enhance that blog's unique character.