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Ever wonder how to write the perfect blog post?

You might think it's subjective, but when you see this blog post structure combined with research from direct marketing, typography, and psychology, it will all make sense.

http://socialtriggers.com/perfect-blog-post/
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I am quite certain that nothing written to that template can be called 'perfect.' It might be adequate, it might be generative of page-views, but it won't be perfect.
 
+Walter Hawn comments like yours make me want to hit my head against the wall :-P. 

Joking aside, would love for you to elaborate, with data and facts. I do see where you'er coming from, and I suspect that there's no such thing as a truly "perfect" blog post (nothing is perfect... after all), but I do want to hear about why you feel this way. 
 
I think this way because anything drawn to such a template will be ordinary, derivative, and dismissible. 

I'm quite sure that this sort of writing is what leads to the complaints that 'people on the internet only scan stuff'.  They only scan, because it is not worth reading in its entirety, but it might, I say might, have some value hidden within.

Writers -- those who can really wring the meanings from words -- don't need or desire templates. A template is only for those who are uncertain of the craft.
 
I understand what you mean about writers writing the meaning from words and not templates, but I don't completely agree.  

Many great writers do have a "template" they use.  It's part of what makes up their style.  It's just not noticeable or obvious to the rest of us.

One example from the entertainment arena...
J.J. Abrams has a template he uses when creating hit shows. He used a similar template with LOST and with Alcatraz.  You don't notice it when watching either show, but it's there.

Templates are helpful.  They are the skeleton to build the flesh of your body of writing upon.

But they shouldn't be used as an excuse to turn off your creativity.  
 
Um..., I have watched precisely 18 minutes of Lost. It sucked, and the template was so obvious as to be ludicrous.

TV writing does have formatting templates that must be followed, for time and continuity, but that doesn't necessarily make the result good writing.  Whatever is good about TV writing (and that's damned little) is there in spite of the template.

Yes, many great writers do have a personal template. But it isn't borrowed, and it isn't made or presented as a means to achieve perfection.

To follow a template made to somebody else's specification, is to strive to be mostly adequate.
 
LOST was just one example.  But glad you agree that great writers do use them.  

And while a template might not always be helpful to use exactly "as is," they can be helpful to learn from or useful in coming up with or tweaking your own template.
 
I agree with both side concerning using templates for writing, they help keep your writing structured and easy to read, however using them can also make your writing predictable and seem generic. The use of templates is well accepted in arenas such as tv, movies and writing, and can be a great help with getting a consistent look and feel to your work. But please, for the sake of your readers, try to mix it up a bit so that everything you write doesn't look the same and shows you have your own personality.....
 
I love this, Derek! It was great meeting you in NYC at your roof top party - even though it was super brief. Great blog outline - thanks for your continuous good information! 
 
The perfect blog post, maybe, but for what kind of topics?

I don't see that formula working almost at all for science/research blogs. For good scientific/scholarly blog posts (about different fields of research and all lauded by their target audience, i.e. students and working researchers in the field), see e.g.
http://peterdedmonds.blogspot.fi/2012_08_01_archive.html
http://exploreable.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/a-few-thoughts-on-personalised-cancer-medicine/
http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/08/25/world-wide-mind-and-culture/

And successful blogs that popularize science don't seem to follow that format, either:
http://www.salon.com/2012/09/04/gay_couples_have_happier_kids/
http://cupertino.patch.com/articles/fogging-for-west-nile-virus-on-tuesday?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=123571&CultureCode=en

Maybe you could make your post title more specific?
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