Much like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates is perhaps one of the most common household names among those who own computers. Whether you are a die-hard Microsoft user or not, you should know Bill Gates’ name much like you should know your own. I for one, though, am glad that he chose to create software for personal computers, and to stay as far away from blogging as he possibly could. In fact, I would be embarrassed to be a blogger if the likes of Bill Gates had ever stumbled upon a website like WordPress and began actively blogging on it.
Now, before I continue on in this post, let me say that I am in no way, shape nor form, against Bill Gates. I feel as if he is one of the reasons I, myself, am a blogger today. Without Bill Gates, most of the world would probably still be using pigeons (or whatever technological advance had yet to been made prior to the personal computer. (Please feel my sarcasm.) ) to communicate with friends and family.
In the sense of a blogger, however, Bill Gates would be one of the worst I could imagine. But what would make me say things like that? Well it’s simple – he simply doesn’t have enough talent.
WHY BILL GATES WOULD SUCK AT BLOGGING
Let me start with a case and point – Windows Vista. If you are one of those people who actually enjoyed Windows Vista, I’d ask you to now – right now – exit the internet and never return. Windows Vista was deeply powered off of one of Bill Gates many quotes – “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good”.
Windows Vista looked amazing – I’ll give it that. It was by far one of the coolest looking operating systems of its time. Functionally, however, it was most handicapped excuses for an operating system; I’d choose Windows 2000 or ME over it (it was that bad).
HOW THIS RELATES TO YOU
Let’s think of functionality on a blog as the content. It won’t matter how amazing your blog looks, if the content sucks to the point where I want to [insert violent action that I'd to unto myself], I’m not coming back. I’d rather you have the ugliest blog in the world then the most amazing looking, provided the content is stellar. In fact, I’d rather you use a plain white background with just black text and have great content, then to screw up the content.
Simply put, content is king, and design is his heir to the throne. Let’s think of King Henry VIII. In this example, he will be the content of your blog. Henry was so highly viewed upon that, despite his six wives and multiple affairs, he was still thought of the best of the best. He had a castle built (called NonSuch) that bankrupt the country of England. Still, people loved him.
King Henry VIII wasn’t a looker, though. He was a very large angry man, but he was still loved. Clearly, content is king [literally], and should be viewed very highly upon. So, please, be more like King Henry VIII, and less like Bill Gates.