Thursday, August 04, 2005

Blogging 101



By the time you finish reading this sentence, four new blogs will have been created. Wait, now five... Now six... Blogging has become so popular that a new blog is now created every second. That's a whole lotta blogs...

However, "the statistics show not everyone who starts a blog stays the course. Although the blogosphere has doubled in size in just over five months, only around half of all blogs are 'active' - in other words they have been updated in the past three months - and just 13% are updated every week or more often."

Bloggers who have made something of themselves through their blogs: (found these online, so the write ups about each one is not my writing.)
  • Belle de Jour, a London Call Girl got herself a book deal and a Channel 4 drama based on her stories,
  • Salam Pax, 'Baghdad Blogger', an Iraqi who blogged while the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was building up turned into an international commentator on Iraqi affairs and got a column and a book deal.
  • Ellen Simonetti, Queen of the Sky, wrote an anonymous semi-fictional account of her life as a flight attendant. It got her in trouble. She was suspended by Delta Airlines for posting 'inappropriate images' on her blog, one of which showed her draped across seats inside one of the airline's planes.
  • And everyone knows about Jessica Cutler...

I could go on, but I just wanted to show that, although it's rare, sometimes people do make names for themselves (albeit not always positive ones) through blogging.

FYI - New blog statistics and analysis are being posted every night this week by Technorati’s CEO David Sifry on his own blog.

And now, my own personal little rant on blogging etiquette:

I think it's rude when you are trying to 'promote' your own blog and to do so you leave a comment, completely unrelated to the post's topic. The comments that are like this:

"Hi, great blog! Check mine out here! [insert blog address]."

Ug, it's my biggest blogging pet peeve. If you leave a comment, have something to say about the post - or a response to another person that's commented. I'll check your blog out if I've never seen your name before. But if you just take up space just to promote your own blog/website, I probably won't even bother.

[Insert sound of me stepping off soapbox here.]

12 Comments:

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Elvis said...

Man do you blog early and often. Like voting day in Chicago. Good for you, addict. Hahaha.

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger I-66 said...

right with you, Sara... I'd delete those posts right off the comment board in an instant.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Asian Mistress said...

I think it's appropriate to leave a link if it relates to the bloggers topic. As in, oh I had the same situation (link)....

I concur though.

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Sara said...

elvis, i certainly do :-)

am, i completely agree with that. i'm just talking about when it's totally random and has nothing to do with anything on the post or in the comments section.

it's a pretty rookie mistake though, i think people just don't realize that it's poor form until they've been blogging for a little while...

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Genevieve said...

Are you trying to tell me that shameless self-promotion isn't the way to go?

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous rcr said...

Some of these spam comments are done by bots. You can write code that will query blogger for a post id and then automatically submit a comment, which is usually a link to a casino, porn, viagra, whatever. Blogger and the other sites do their best to block these guys, so perhaps this recent spat was done the old fashion way, or they've found a new way in.

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Elvis said...

Not that this belongs to this post, but nice pics of NYC. You guys are relentless. I've had the seven hour ride experience (when nobody gets across the Holland Tunnel on a friday night -- my bad). I detest the bus though. I'd rather saddle up, hike it up 95, 295, Jersey Turnpike, Holland Tunnel, and there I am.

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger The Captain said...

Hey hey, calm down there buddy (Speaking to my compatriot, I-66.) I made that "rookie mistake" myself a little while ago, I don't need my own cohort selling me out here :)

Not that I want to encourage spamming, but I don't know if I'd go out of my way to delete those comments. But our blog doesn't get enough traffic yet for us to discriminate.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger I-66 said...

It's been the same 3 that I've been seeing on other blogs... the xbox 360 one, the republican candidate one and one other one that I can't remember by name but sucks equally.

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger RHB said...

Agree..

Isn't there already a link to your blog or profile when you post a comment? Call me stupid, but it seems redundant to me to post the link....again.

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Kathryn Is So Over said...

Sara, maybe you can do a series of Blogging 101 lessons:

1. Not posting unrelated comments as shameless self-promotion (check)
2. Not posting shameless self-promoting relevant links ("I totally know what you're saying! Go to my blog to see exactly how I feel!"), because no matter how they're intended, they don't look great.
3. Not cribbing from another blogger's posts... we all know we all know we read a lot of the same DC blogs. Don't allow your post to be "inspired by" another without giving some kind of props. Because your post will remind us of another post...
4. Don't send other bloggers emails saying, "hey, wanna link to my blog? I'll link to yours if you do!" Let it come naturally... think of it as a cyber friendship; we're too old to walk up to another kid on the playground and say, "hey, wanna be my friend?"

I guarantee there are more... I trust you can think of some!

K

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Kingsmith34 said...

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