Somehow there was no doubts which post, out of those 180 (that many already), to pick as best one. But what exactly makes best post?
Best posts are easy to recognize
Between those 150+ RSS feeds there are a lot of posts that get before my eyes daily. Some are good, some suck, but most are generic. Generic posts have bit of value, tint of personal opinion and mild reaction from readers. I think that best posts simply have times more of that.
- Valuable information . Doesn’t matter what it is as long as it makes reader glued to reading.
- Original ideas . No matter how good it is when every single blog made post on that.
- Good form and metaphor . These can bring post to great heights (or ruin it).
- Social proof . Best post are those that liked by lots of readers and useful to lots of readers.
Best posts are hard to write
I don’t know a single blog that can produce best-level posts all the time (maybe Copyblogger comes close). Myself even when I feel that spark that fuels my thoughts category – that is rarely enough to reach that level.
I think my best post in year 2008 is recipe for engaging post . This post is simply the best because I was able to convey wholesome set of thoughts with the fitting metaphor and it was greatly appreciated by people who read it .
By the way what was the post you liked most at Rarst.net in 2008? Tell me. :)