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Reflections on Blogging

posted 6/5/2007 8:48:38 AM |
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As mentioned in my "Dinosaur Typist" blog entry I've been online for about a decade and a half now. I predate java, which some of you might not even understand for crying out loud!

I've had ample opportunity to create my own web site ever since I learned HTML in my early teens. Writing a site in HTML and updating it with rants and raves about everyday life is roughly as easy as maintaining a blog, yet I never did. Why? Not for any reason than my own understanding that I had nothing to say.

There were already hundreds (a lot back then) of personal websites that were basically loads of uninteresting personal views and opinions on uninteresting topics. Adding my own would only dilute the internet as a useful resource I reasoned. All these years later I certainly have egg on my face.

The problem is that with so many blogs everywhere you look how do you get yours read? Do you write well and hope a small but loyal reader base spreads the word? Do you post utilitarian content to attract people with a problem? Do you make more jokes, poems, and stories to hook those looking for entertainment? Do you simply give it a catchy title and hope people read because of that?

Personally, I'm writing to entertain myself. I've little to do in a day that's constructive, but at least when I blog my "wasted time" is documented in some form. I do feel a responsibility to those who read what I write -- after all, they're giving me a few moments of their life which could likely be better spent -- and I try to make people not regret having read my writings, but reason and intent are two very different things.

I do, however, feel a little twinge of self-betrayal every time I push that post button after all these years of restraint.

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Jun 5 @ 8:56AM  
Around here, it seems, that to get read, you more or less have to 'get known'. Then add interesting fodder for us to read. Be it sexual exploits, frivolous thoughts, age old questions...and, yes, sadly, way too many jokes (that, for the most part, were just posted a day or two before, maybe as far back as last week). Throw in an occasional survey. My guess is that you will build a reader base here. You write well and write interesting far. Okay, the one blog has me at a loss for words but I did read it! For me? All I can say further is WELCOME!

Jun 5 @ 9:13AM  
Good blog! You will notice that perhaps your blog gets looked at but not as many comments as views, many people have their reasons - such as: not interesting to them, they have no opinion, or they just dont want to answer! Looking4ever says it well!! Have a great day!!

Jun 5 @ 10:35AM  
hope a small but loyal reader base spreads the word

and this:
give it a catchy title and hope people read because of that

and, of course, this:
writing to entertain myself

At the end of the day, all I really want to do is communicate and interact in as engaging a way as possible. I don't care about appealing to the lowest common denominator. But I want someone besides myself to be entertained, or to laugh, or to think, or to raise an eyebrow; otherwise, what's the point of making it public?

You're right--the blogosphere isn't getting any less crowded. That doesn't mean your words will get lost, though. They'll reach the people you intend them to reach.

Jun 17 @ 6:34AM  
It's simple really; just remember that the AMD sends your profile to people who gererally listed you as in their best interest. If the title fits the topic of discussion then an interested reader is more likely to post an interesting point-of-view; that is if he/she doesn't feel bullied by the other comments. It nice when people stay on topic :)

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