I have been asked by some bloggers "What is your secret?"
I have no secret formula. My editor, Julia, told me recently that after reading my article on being paid for some photos -- many years ago -- she thought I had been a journalist at some time. My style is like a journalists, space is limited in my stories, which is why I tend to write words which move the story, rather than spend pages writing something which could be done in a few paragraphs.
Probably my two biggest assets are I try not to make the blogs "Look at me!" And, I never tell personal issues. Also, unlike some people I know, I never clog my blog with attacks on the establishment -- nothing drives down figures more than a constant whine -- I know, people have told me how they avoid some of those blogs.
I don't know what I do right, but yesterday I didn't do a blog -- I was out most of the day, see the blog "Writing is like a sausage!" -- and yet there were still almost 300 readers. I can't thank you enough for reading this blog.
On the subject of boring people, I was asked to review a book last week -- no name mentioned -- the author may be a damn good salesman. As a writer, his work was so below standard it was painful to read.
Not only did he make basic grammar errors, but the story was both both boring and disjointed.
It took the lead character over 10 pages to get out of bed and go to the bathroom, at which point the 'hook' -- a device writers use to draw readers into the story -- was a series of phone excuses for not going to work :(