Posted By Kristabella on April 16, 2008
First off, I would like to say that I have moved over to Gmail. And if you’ve commented here recently, you know that. And I have to say that I can be amused ALL DAY with the ads that come up on the side of messages. I’ve now got a complex that I have very sweaty palms, excessive underarm sweat and stubborn belly fat.
But it can be helpful, like recommending free WordPress themes to me, or letting me know there is a WHOLE website dedicated to the chick with the hiccups on this season of The Bachelor. Did you know there was a Team Meeps? Thank you Google-san. For searching into the recesses of my brain to find appropriate ads. Minus all the sweating. That ISN’T a problem.
So speaking of blogging. What? We weren’t talking about blogging? Well, it is late and I’m tired and not able to segue from underarm sweat to blogging. OK? OK then.
People, what is up with some of the crazy politics and insane site traffic whoring that is going on in the blogging world? Now maybe I am naive because I started this site because I do honestly love to write and make people laugh. And yes, I do appreciate that more people read it now than in the beginning when it was my mom and a friend or two. I am an attention-seeking famewhore, so I love for people to find my blog and tell me that I’m SO funny and HOW DID THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES WITHOUT MY DAILY POSTS? You know how they lived it? Sheltered. And bored. And without laughter. That’s how.
But I don’t really go fucking crazy about trying to get traffic. Yes, I comment on my fair share of blogs. But my blog list is big enough that I really only read the blogs that I enjoy. I have no time or patience to find EVERY BLOG EVER CREATED and leave a comment on it. It’s not worth it. And let me tell you, there are A LOT of poorly written blogs out there.
And I do know that to get traffic, you need to comment. Plenty of my blogging friends found me through other sites and vice versa. But I never comment just to comment and be all “nice post!” I try and leave something witty and thought-provoking. Something more along the lines of “that was fucking awesome! ZOMG! Cute photos!” I’m deep. Don’t hate.
Then there is the whole blogroll issue. I bring this up because I read something today where there was some sort of battle about getting added or not and not being on someone’s blogroll or some high school bullshit. And then my new BFF Jodifur, we of the Carly Is A Plant group, or CIAP (see-app) as it is known among its two members (just right now since I just made it up), sent me an email yesterday telling me she added me to her blogroll. And I was all SWEET! And then she mentioned she would have done it sooner had she know I linked to her.
I’m stoked to be on the blogroll of an honest-to-goodness MamaPop Betch. But I don’t comment or link to her because I want to be on her blogroll. I like her blog. So I link because I read. Therefore I think you should too.
I know people look to blogrolls as a place to start for blogs to read. I found a lot of my first blogs that way through Jen’s and Amalah’s blogs. (And now I’m on Jen’s. The head. It explodes.) But I just updated my blogroll when I moved over to the new site. Prior to that it probably hadn’t been updated in a good eight months. It is a pain in the ass! So it wasn’t a good measure of the blogs I read. And I comment and email with people so I figure that it is good enough. Why are people living to be linked on a blogroll? Why does it matter?
So am I just in the minority here? Is all this over-the-top blog attention seeking a little out of control? Is it really worth it to Stumble everything so that you get thousands of readers? Because really, odds are it isn’t really going to affect your stats for more than a day. Because unless you leave them with a great impression and a reason to come back, i.e. good writing, funny stories, great photos, etc., then they’re just going to blow right by it and move on to the next thing.
There are millions of blogs out there. And one person is going to like something different than the next person. So yeah, stats and comments are great, but you can’t reach everyone. Because if we all liked the same things, we’d all be a bunch of robots reading about Dooce and her dogs and all her free shit every day and wanting to shoot ourselves in the face.
Shouldn’t it be more about the writing and the sharing and the community than who gets the most traffic and comments? Because really, wouldn’t your email blow up after comment 250? Now think of THOSE Google ads.
I’m not judging anyone who may do any of these things. To each his own. It’s a free country and all that. This is just my opinion. And a general wondering on my part.