The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 June 2007

And more thoughts on fame

Steph Waller notes:

I don't keep a blog to harvest hit counts. I keep a blog to communicate. And is a large readership really all that important? I'd rather have a small readership of people who actually like to read my stuff than a huge one of people who are just trying to drive up their blog traffic. That just seems like so much mutual stroking off. All of this has made me wonder lately if blogging isn't simply a way of nabbing a little attention. Back when I was young and chasing down the fame demon (or he was chasing me), I wasn't really after the money, attention, or groupies. I just didn't want to be obscure. I wanted to make a mark, let people know that I existed. Now that I can blog, post pictures and promote my projects, that hunger has subsided considerably.

I have to admit, one of the most reliable means of getting me to look at someone's site — not that getting me to look at someone's site is exactly a big deal — is for that someone to show up in comments. They don't have to be comments here, necessarily: they just have to be at a place where they'll cross my path.

I still leave a few calling cards here and there, and I always leave my URL, but I don't expect traffic from so doing: I'm just taking part in the conversation, to the extent that I can. (I mean, I have 150 blogs on the roll, and a day job. The two do not coexist particularly well.)

As for "grabbing a little attention," I was always able to do that: it was getting more than a little that proved difficult. Eventually I figured out that the top of a small mound of dirt was a more hospitable place than the third sub-basement of the Parthenon.

Posted at 6:27 AM to Blogorrhea


Well, I would have to agree that I would prefer a smaller number of people actually reading anything to a herd of people just visiting for the sake of visiting. It is a bit annoying to get short comments like, "Great blog!" with absolutely no reference to the posts themselves.

I wonder if it's more or less effective to link to a person and make a comment on your own blog rather than commenting on that blog.

Posted by: sya at 9:57 AM on 28 June 2007

"I have to admit, one of the most reliable means of getting me to look at someone's site not that getting me to look at someone's site is exactly a big deal is for that someone to show up in comments."

For me, my comments here constitute pretty much the whole of my blogging. Forget links to my blog, to which I have not posted in ages. Charles gets me an audience, my comments get read, I'm happy. This is blogging for the lazy. The good life. (Plus, I get to call out McGeehee now and again.)

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 7:56 PM on 28 June 2007

In answer to Sya's question, I've found them roughly equivalent, but as always, your mileage may vary.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:05 PM on 28 June 2007

I'm still waiting to find out what Snitch will bid to get me to shave my back.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:11 AM on 29 June 2007