I like to think that I patronize other blogs because I'm engaged by good writing and insight. But that's not really true. Sometimes I'm only moderately engaged or interested but I stay in the audience because I like the producer's approach and style insofar as the presentation goes. If they're doing all the things right such as tastefully embedding non-obtrusive ads or even better not advertising at all, and take pains to keep the visual balanced, I am enamored enough to keep coming back.
I guess I owe this dynamic more to a love of the craft and a hope that people will re-discover HTTP as a valid method of exchanging information as authors of their own publishing world.
My last incarnation of this blog included a section of blogs that struck me with this sort of happiness, and I am going to restore it. Probably before I leave for the gym today. I often find it hard to articulate why I think a blog is a good blog but by maintaining such an index here, I can at least present the pattern, which is probably more telling.
For the second though, here is The Geek Stuff. You see everything as it should be in blogging world.
I should disclaim that I run an ad blocker so my perspective of a "clean presenting" blog is somewhat mitigated. I've had to acquiesce to the fact that even if a blog producer still uses ads, they remain exceptional if they don't challenge the blocker or beg to be "unblocked". It's just the way it is. :(
By Dave for Personal Blog.