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