Blogging lessons from Walden Pond

I think Henry David Thoreau would have made an excellent blogger. I’m currently listening to Walden, his account from an over two year sojourn of isolated living, in a cabin he built himself, along the shores of Walden Pond, in Concord, MA in the late 1800s.

Basically, the book was born of the following perspective:

- I did something quirky

- People were curious about it

- So I wrote down why I did it and what I learned from it

Blogging basically follows the same formula. When you breathe life into the facts of an account through stories and personal experiences, you form a connection with the reader. Readers enjoy feeling connected, so they read more.

Now, Thoreau does have some long-winded pontifications, and learning the art of concise communication is another important aspect of successful blogging. But the essence of your account can still be obtained.

Take for example a more modern day account of simplifying your life. Andrea Dickson over at WiseBread gives an interesting perspective on why she doesn’t own a television. It’s quirky. She explained why she did it. And she offers lessons from her experience. And the result? Over 60 comments in a week.

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  2. Eamon says:

    I agree. It’s the human element, wrapping facts up in story-form, that is the blog’s great strength.

  3. ffgjh says:

    i am really sorry but you’ve completely missed the point of everything thoreau believes in… i felt a bit sick to read people a agreeing with it as well. sorry i know that sounds mean but you have got the wrong idea so much and it creeps me out.

  1. [...] I could say I thought of this all on my own, but I have to give credit to copywriter Andrea Goulet, who blogged about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden being a model for the modern-day blog. In her post she gives her take on the simplistic beauty of Walden: Basically, the book was born of [...]

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