So, here’s the thing. I’ve stalled and stalled and stalled writing the post that our Blogger Challenge host offered us, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I just can’t do it. The assignment was to write about my favorite blogger. But the problem is, I want to write everything and nothing at the same time. The assignment might as well have been to write about my favorite scotch. I can tell you that I’m not much a fan of blended scotch. And I can write about the virtues of 21-year-old Macallan or 16-year-old Lagavlin – the truth is that I love them both, for totally different reasons. Which one is my favorite? I’m fairly sure that whichever one I decide is NOT my favorite today, I will feel a very strong urge to drink tomorrow.
So instead, I’m going to talk about the things that make for blogs I enjoy. I enjoy blogs that have a consistent perspective. This is particularly challenging for group blogs, but there are some who still do a good job at it. That doesn’t mean that every blog post has to be consistent with every other post. But I like a blog to have a focus. I love that I can go to Disney Film Project and I will always find in-depth articles and reviews about Disney Films. At Disney Hipster Blog, I can get reliably snarky commentary on Walt Disney World (and especially WDW design and aesthetics). Even a group blog, like this one, can maintain a consistent perspective. Even though I don’t necessarily agree with every opinion expressed by other DISDads who write for this site, I know our readers are always going to get a “Dad’s Eye View” on the topic. I also like my blogs easy to read (I can’t stand busy background images, and have given up on reading blogs whose writing I like if the design makes it too difficult to read). I like blogs that are well-written, with proper spelling and good grammar. And I like blogs to offer unique insight and commentary – I don’t visit blogs to read press releases.
Finally, I like blogs with an evenhanded approach. Tom Bricker over at Disney Tourist Blog wrote an excellent blog post about this topic over a year ago, that I happened to stumble over when I was getting ready to write this post. Disney bloggers seem particularly prone to polarization. Either every restaurant, attraction, hotel, experience, promotion, etc. is the best thing ever; or everything the company has done in the last 25 years is garbage, it all used to be better, no one at the company knows what they’re doing – and on and on and on. Here at DISDads.com we strive to occupy a middle ground, offering reasonable criticism when merited and praising that which we enjoy. And that’s what I prefer to read as well. If every blog post is about how wonderful everything is, I start to question the reliability of the reviews. It’s just reality. Some things are better than others. They can’t all be superlative. By the same token, I have no tolerance of the incessant braying coming from some corners about the falling sky. Shout out to the WestcotCenter Twitter feed for working hard to call out some of the most absurd of such criticisms.
So there you have it. Quite possibly the most long-winded blowing off of an assignment you’ve ever read. (If, indeed, you bothered to read this). Maybe I should just ask, now that you know the criteria I’m interested in, who are YOUR favorite bloggers?