May I ask you a very personal question?
Do you have a tag line for your blog? It’s usually under the title and offers a brief glimpse into the mind of the blogger. I know I’m being forward but I really want to know. I’ve been reading that, if not properly researched and street-tested, your tag line could be dragging you down.
I don’t want to be a droopy sock so I took to the Internet recently to conduct a wildly unscientific and heavily-biased poll.
The results surprised me. There are some creative people out there, with interesting tag lines. They just need a little tweaking.
Subject Blog A:
Tag line: I do it for chew
The blog was covered with tiny smiley hearts and an overly enthusiastic use of sweetheart-rose pink. When I first saw this tag line, I thought I’d come across a blogger with a speech impediment, writing about romance. After all, one of the most touted tips on writing is write how you speak.
Was I wrong to assume this blogger had a lisp?
Turns out the blog was about their English bulldog and his chew toy collection.
Subject Blog B:
Tag line: my life, from the rear
One guess as to what this blog is about. If you guessed a retrospective of this blogger’s life, you’d be not totally cold. More glacial really. This blogger chose a photo blog…of other people wearing jeans. Not her rear end in jeans but complete strangers. I’m all for walking into the propeller of sarcasm, but if you’re going to photo-blog people and their muffin-top moments, don’t sugar coat it. Put it right in your tag line.
Subject Blog C:
Tag line: I angst, and God answered
As an atheist, I almost passed this blog by. If you want a broader audience (and the chance to convert the damned) consider relocating God to your sidebar. I know you’re supposed to put your god before all others but if he exists and is anything like his press, he won’t mind.
I also don’t think bitching about people who eat meat qualifies as angst. If there was a god and he didn’t want us eating meat, he would have made lettuce taste like chicken.
Subject Blog D:
Tag line: musings about my mother
If there’s one topic that gets more attention among bloggers than mothers, I’ve yet to find it. Well, maybe kids. But the blogs about kids I found all had cute tag lines so I gave them a pass. Blogs about Mom? We all have issues with our parents and sometimes we have to write about them. If for no other reason than ranting so we don’t do something extreme that’s brought up and discussed to death at every family gathering.
But to dedicate all your posts to the good, bad, and ugly about Mom? Unless she’s totally senile and doesn’t know what a blog is, she’s probably got a blog of her own and the last thing you want is for her to focus her attention on you…like writing about the series of slackers you’ve been dating recently.
Subject Blog E:
Tag line: because being a quirky, sarcastic, irreverent introvert has its advantages
This blogger got it almost right. Although her current blog header seems to be saying something about butt selfies, and she’s a little overly fond of the ellipsis in her posts. A liberal arts blogger, she writes about anything and everything…paying attention to even the most mundane subjects.
Like tag lines on blogs.
Do you have a tag line? And what does it say about you?