To take any photo and especially a Macro the art is to focus on your subject. Focusing on the subject and gradually blurring the other elements gives a very good effect to the overall image. The gradual blurring is called the Depth of Focus or DOF. To illustrate with examples, take a look at the photo below:
Here the tooth picks are in front and capture most of the space, but the focus is on the glasses behind it. It gives a rather odd image. This is because the focusing has not been proper. The only thing I can do with it is make a story around it, describing it in flowery details and try to push it off as some sort of “Modern Artwork”
Now on second attempt, the focusing was done properly. The lens was focused on the tooth picks in front while the rest of the back ground remains blurred, like a forgotten dream.