Valleywag has a funny post
about what it takes to achieve blog nirvana. Just what does it take to blog the perfect audience pleaser?
Once you write enough blog posts, and read far too many blog posts, you acquire an instinctive sense for the principle ingredients of an audience-pleasing offering. However, rather than itemize those ingredients, it's far easier to discuss this magical formula in terms of the instinctive emotional responses you hope to conjure in readers. The broadest of those responses are indignation, titillation, stimulation, and affirmation.
Valleywag intersects the circles of indignation, titillation, stimulation, and affirmation and says to hit the sweet spot in the center will virtually guarantee a "bloggy nirvana." The concept of practice has been left out of the equation but Valleywag's Venn diagram of nirvana spheres
is at least considerably more useful than some of the useless tag clouds you might encounter on blogs and social networks.