Yesterday, resto-blogger Bruce Buschel wrapped up his two and a half year stint chronicling the opening of his Hamptons restaurant Southfork Kitchen (almost named Dogwinkle) on the Times blog "Start Up Chronicle." He explains, "Now that we are entering our second year in Bridgehampton and our second restaurant, in Brooklyn, the start-up is over. And so is the chronicle." It sounds like a part of him will miss blogging and the swift reactions he gets, both positive and negative, from his legion of commenters, and he promises to file here and there when there are notable events at his two restaurants.
To wrap things up and get a little meta, Buschell sent Eater a list of the main lessons he's learned about blogging over the last 30 months.
1. Make a list. People love lists.
2. Attach a number to your list. People love numbers on their lists.
3. Use the word success in the title. People love success.
4. Use an image of appetizing food or women. Men are attracted to appetizing food and women. So are women.
5. Keep the post under 700 words. Neither men nor women like to read too much.
6. Have a point of view. People want to agree or argue.
7. Ask a question. People want to help and/or show off.
8. Don't post of Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
9. Respond to comments whenever possible. People don't get enough feedback in life.