My good friend Michel Martine has written Jazz Blogging – It’s the Notes You Don’t Play an excellent post in which he fiercely defends a blog post shouldn’t be perfect and shouldn’t try to be, because one of the key features of a blog is conversation and space should be left to the reader to join the discussion.
I agree with him but only in part.
I agree that a post has to have something missing so the public can fill in the blanks and create discussion, however, I’d say that is more in the tone of voice than in the content itself.
Still on famous quotations, one that resonates with me is from Salvador Dali: “Never fear perfection, because you won’t reach it”.
Nobody will ever make a post complete, so there should be no fear there isn’t anything to be added. Instead, the tone of the post should allow and encourage commentators to do it so.
It is fairly easy for someone who knows a subject fairly well fall in the trap of giving a post a tone of perfection that creates an unbreakable bubble around it. People who are not as confident will feel intimidated, while people who can contribute might think is not worthy.
Everybody who understood a post is likely to have something interesting to add in a way or another, but they should feel they have.