So, I am relatively new to blogging… like how bloggers do for general consumption and commentary and dialog. In fact I find that I am easily overwhelmed by the whole process and hardly do the authors of my favorite blogs justice with timely and interesting commentary (though, of course, I want everyone to comment on mine…) I started blogging playing around on MySpace back in the day, mostly for my friends and for travel journals. But those days a re long gone… now I have my own blog and I am obsessed.
I wish I could say this obsession was with writing. But no. My obsession is statistical. I am amazed at all of the ways you can analyze your blog. I check religiously to see how many hits I have attracted, comments, pingbacks, etcetera. Being rather new at this I am generally satisfied with any incremental increase, but I fear this bodes ill for the future. What happens if I fall back into the abyss of *gasp* private writing???
I have started looking more closely at blogs that get a lot of hits, figured I could learn a thing or fifty. I have also done some things on my blog that seem to generate more traffic… (it seems like the more tags the more hits… is that true?) The more blogs I look at, the more I am simultaneously amazed and disheartened. So many great writers and thoughts, so much more difficult to find an original voice.
Which brings me to another question: why are so many of the blogs out there tied to organized religion? Is it just WordPress, or is it really that common to see so many religion-themed sites? I am often caught by surprise as I am reading a blog seemingly on food or travel or photography only to learn that it is a religious blog, or as they are often explained ‘a —- perspective on —-.’ Are there really that many? It seems disproportionate.
I am also clueless on blog-etiquette. Is it creepy and pervy to just hop along onto someone’s blog and comment… or is that a silly question as blogs are there for the public consumption? It feels a little voyeuristic to me. Not that it has hindered my habits. And commenting. Are you meant to comment back? Immediately? Whenever? On your blog or theirs?
I suppose it comes down to a common denominator: I like to write and so do a lot of other people, and most people probably want feedback on their efforts, hence the blogging in the first place. So what makes a blog good? What makes people want to read the random thoughts of strangers? I guess it could be:
- Personal interests (hobbies?)
- Well known subjects (celebutards?)
- Unknown subjects (cutting edge types)
- Connection to the author (six degrees of separation)
How does it work? How do you find the blog of your dreams? I think it may be along the same lines as finding the — of your dreams. Probably just dumb luck.
And of course Google.
This has not cleared much up for me, so in the interest of not taking up much more of your time… I am going to go check how many hits I have gotten today. [And if there are not enough I might just keep reloading that page…]