Colleen over at “Loose Leaf Notes” today posted a link to an audio essay on blogging she wrote that was very interesting and entertaining. It got me motivated to visit my computer keyboard since I have myself, had a few things rattling around with regard to the subject of blogging and listening to her essay got the brain adrenalin pumping a bit.
I have noticed over the past year that there are some folks who have several blogs. This has always intrigued me to some degree. I suppose it has a lot to do with the “multi-tasking” capabilities of an individual. Of course, I guess some folks may just have more to say than other folks. Sometimes they may have one blog for this subject and another blog for that subject. But most blogging software allows you options for categorizing your posts so I assumed that was what that was for – so why have different blogs? I have my photographic category, my music category, my bowfishing category, etc. and when I started blogging that was one reason I closed down my music website. Poor multi-tasking skills I guess. Nevertheless, it does strike my curiosity. Well….more power to those “power bloggers” which is what I think I will refer to them as from now on. It does seem to kinda roll off the tongue. So it is with the blogging phenomena.
And oh yes….there are probably hundreds of other blogs out there that each of us would find extremely interesting and palatable to our taste buds but after you begin fraternizing with a certain number of blogs you just don’t have time to search out even more it would seem. And then I am sure some bloggers fear that if they don’t respond on the blogs in a timely manner from whence their circle of visitors comes from, then they will loose those visitors. So here we have the infamous “catch 22” I suppose. Damned if you do….damned if you don’t! I am sure in some cases many bloggers are engaged in some kind of popularity contest. That’s okay for them but sometimes it is so damn obvious it sort of turns me off. For most of us, our blogs are more or less extensions of ourselves to some degree or another so it boils down to “we are who we are” and we will either be accepted for who we are….or not. We are social animals and the blogging phenomenon seems to feed that human trait.
And then there is this. Just the other day I had some 300 visitors in one day and only “one” comment. That is a bit interesting until you get to looking into the situation. I could assume that I am one hellava blogging attraction or…..I can get terribly honest not be totally oblivious to what is going on. Most get to my site via “Google” while searching for certain type graphic images. So they come to my site….steal a few images (mostly animations)…..and they are off into the night. Sometimes they even add my blog to their “Favorites” on their computer. Why? Because I have the world’s greatest blog? No! It’s so they can come back in a week or two and see if there are any new images worth stealing. As of this morning – since the first of this month I have had 135 visitors add my blog to their “Favorites”. My blog is so popular, interesting and captivating that over a hundred folks visit me regularly – opting not to comment? I don’t think so! Just more of the blogging phenomena.
Another interesting thing I have noted is that a normal, personal blog tends to become a gathering place for a “circle” of more or less the same folks on a daily basis. Each individual blog seems to have its own unique circle of visitors. Comments are often brief and on the nature of a “Good morning and have a nice day” type. I am a person of habit so I pretty much visit my little circle of bloggers every day. Usually I don’t really have anything of any importance to add to their post and just move on to the next blog in my circle. Other times someone’s post really hits on an issue or interest and I submit my brief or extended editorial as the subject dictates, always trying to cover my tracks with some measure of humor.
But one of the more interesting things with regard to the blogging phenomena is the fact that on many of the blogs that we visit on a daily basis, we keep seeing the same names day in and day out. You get to the blog and you immediately notice that Tom, Jane, Sam, and Julie have already been here. Next day, maybe you get there first or second but nevertheless, on and on that little scenario plays out day after day. But for the most part, only about half the folks or less ever relate to the other half on their personal blogs. So there we are, sitting right next to each other and don’t even speak. Tom gives his two-cents worth and you give yours. You look at Tom’s post….or maybe not and maybe he looks at yours….maybe not. And so it goes day in and day out…..day out and day in. I am not sure what the solution to that is but it bothers me a little. I give it some measure of thought and think, “Well, I just don’t have the time to go visit and comment on every blog.” But they may be sitting right next to me thinking the same thing. Or…perhaps they think I’m an idiot and wouldn’t come visit my blog under any condition. But after a while seeing these names day in and day out and never speaking….well it just seems a bit right down unfriendly at times.
Sometimes when I run across someone whose comment strikes a chord I will click on their “name link” and go check out their blog. Sometimes I find their blog to my taste, sometimes not. And in some cases I will just jump right in there and introduce myself when my interest in their blog or comments is over whelming.
Anyway….so goes the blogging phenomena I suppose. These are just some of the things that tickle my curiosity from time to time. I am sure some of you have had your own thoughts about this strange phenomena we call ‘blogging’.