Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Blog That Ate My Brain?
the-blog-that-ate-my-brain image ... entitled "shop window"... (2001) by: hyperlux aka JP Kollhaj ... (Norway) www [dot] hyperlux [dot] no
The Blog That Ate My Brain?
If you love blogging, sometimes
sometimes it seems.
Sometimes, not all the time,
mind you, but at some certain times,
in the midst of what is clearly uncertainty,
if seems like it ate your brain.
it somes like it ate your brain.
I mean you can spend a lot of time
* doing research
* seeing topic ideas at other blogs
* formulating responses to posts at other blogs
* posting post-prep comments at other blogs,
prior to crystallizing the comments into
full-blown posts at your own blog
* writing, editing, revising, hyperlinking, and publishing new posts
* reading online and print material to stay on top of your field
* maintaining fast response to user comments on your blog
* reciprocally commenting on blogs of visitors who posted comments on your blog
* re-visiting other blogs on which you've posted comments, to read blog author or blog visitor responses to your comments
* thinking about what you've recently posted (was it too harsh? too light on hyperlinks? too combative? too soft? too preachy? too wimpy? too erudite? too simple? too much? not enough?)
* discussing what you've posted on your blog and other blogs with those who have no idea what you're talking about, don't know and don't care what a blog is, and who aren't even sure who you are to begin with and why you decided to start talking to them.
Like I keep repeating, blogging properly, frequently, authoritatively or entertainingly, non-boringly...
...it can be hard work.
But after spending 15 hours doing all you need to do to publish a post that you're proud of, and you hope will benefit or amuse your readers...
...you can pause and think, "I did it. That post is not too shabby. I like it. I think I expressed what I wanted to express. Now let's see what happens, if anything."
Remember the Lurkers,
who happen to be
the Majority of Your
Most readers will read your posts,
like them or hate them,
be enlightened or bored,
pacified or angered,
elated or depressed,
///....///...but will not tell you.
The last time I checked,
the statistic I read was:
less than 2% of internet users
post user-generated content,
such as blog comments.
So be sure you respond quickly
to those who post comments,
but also keep in mind the many
the much more, who are silent,
appreciating or fleeing.
Your lurkers are your silent partners.
Or innocent bystanders...
...as they quietly watch your blog
eat away your brain.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 6/15/2005 08:23:00 PM