When I read blogs, I generally don’t get excited about the writing. Mostly it’s about the content, the stimulus to dash out a comment, a chance to interact with the world. In fact, I fret all the time about the writing quality of my own blogging endeavors—probably too much, realistically speaking. It may be why I am still too sporadic with posting though I write posts daily. Perfectionism can be a real prick.
Reading Kari Byron’s GeekMom blog post today shifted that blog-reading excitement. The writing is crisp, tight and so focused and on-message. It was like reading a dream-post. Either she has a kick-ass ghost writer blogging for her, or she’s just plain THAT talented. Probably the latter given her artistic ability and her not-too-shabby teevee personality.
Look at her opener:
The luxury car weaving wildly through traffic, without using a turn signal, just cut me off. While I slam on the brakes, he is looking in his rearview mirror, without apology, to either see if I am mad or just check me out. I am grinding my teeth, trying desperately to hold in the tsunami of expletives and gripping the steering wheel so that my twitching trigger finger does not rise.
Clean, descriptive, economic, functional. It has universal appeal too because her description and emotion, enriched with the element of physicality she places at the end of the paragraph, is an experience every U.S. American shares.
Then there’s her punch-ending:
How amazing would the roads and the world be if everyone let you into their lane when you needed to get over? What if a turn signal wasn’t considered an act of aggression? What if we all waited at crosswalks and waved in thanks when someone let us in front of them?
Since I can only control my little world, that is my resolution. I am going to teach my daughter to drive.
Even spatially this works so well because the longer penultimate triad of rhetorical questions followed by the triadic rhythm of the shorter spaced finish. All I could do when I finished reading the first, second and fifth times was, “yeah!”
And I’m not biased because I’m a Mythbusters fan. This is just a writer admiring good writing.
Now Kari’s got me thinking about the writing style and quality of blog posts when I read them, not just the content-trigger value. What other good blog posts have you seen around lately?