August Extrospection Sunday, 23 August, 2009Posted by ~uh~™ in Blogging, Cartoon.
Tags: Answers, August, blog, comments, Extrospection, indiblogger, Moksha, PFC, questions, readership, statistics, toing
I have always pondered on certain questions related to blogging. While I know answers of some, I have to admit that I get puzzled by others.
When I started my blog AEIOU ¿ ® in Jan 2009, I had some simple purpose to serve- to spread laughter, joie de vivre and entertain readers through my articles, cartoons and reviews. No personal rants, no big talk, no deep philosophical thought. Only fun, pun, satire, sarcasm and caricatures on movies, current events and my tribute to personalities ranging from Michael Jackson to Savita Bhavi . Basically, everyday stuff which most people should be able to relate to.
Those who have seen my theory of Bloggers Life Cycle will agree that everyone, even the great veterans of blogworld have faced a stage of frustration exclaiming Wow ! ( abbreviated form of Why oh Why) in disgust and vented out, during their blog-life journey. While a determined few have been patient and consistent enough to stand the test of time, others have succumbed to natural death.
Simultaneous with AEIOU ¿ ® I started following passionforcinema since January ‘09. Recently, I have been upgraded as a Level 2 author there, based on my contributions in the form of my articles and comments. Now, I can post whatever I want to, without being moderated by the editors. That makes me feel a bit responsible, as PFC gets more than 200,000 page hits a day and the articles are vulnerable to threadbare criticism from Indian cinephiles, including leading directors and film professionals across the world. PFC is just three years old and used to be a group blog of 13 members at its inception. This only proved that blogging serves some purpose, if only the bloggers have the intention to do so.
That also makes me think about this question.
Is good content sufficient enough to make a blog visible/ popular ?
I believe the answer is definitely a big no, atleast within a short span of time. If that was so, so many deserving bloggers in Indiblogger and other forums didn’t starve for votes while exceptionally humdrum blogs got the Blogger of the century award, overwhelmingly elected by the votes from a niche and elite circle of dumbloggers. Original humour, anyone? I know of so many bloggers with succulent humour quotient and outstanding narrative style, lying in some corner of internet gathering digital cobwebs. While others are ranting 6000 characters (including spaces), on how they have undone the knot in their loincloth and getting praised for it. A quick look at one of the directory of best Indian blogs tests my hypothesis, most of the listed blogs are dormant and the active ones are usually personal diaries of self proclaimed celebrities.
That forces me to think deeper and raise more questions.
- Why do some people blog while others don’t?
- Why the volume of comments on a blog doesn’t necessarily justify the content?
- How can one differentiate between hypocritical wax eloquent and an honest compliment?
- Why do many people read but never comment?
- Why do some bloggers never reciprocate while I put a thoughtful comment to their blogs?
- Why do some bloggers never reply to the comments left on their pages?
- Why do people think smileys are better than words?
- Why do people comment based on the blogger than the content?
- What is sign of accomplishment- comments, Feedburner statistics, hits, awards or The Book?
I don’t have the answers. Do you ?
All I have is my stats.
Blog started – Jan 2009. 91 posts, 750 comments and 21, 400 hits till drafting this article. Hits on January-24, July- 6907. That transpires to an average of 8.24 comments/ articles and 2675 hits/ month. Some of my old posts have zero comments even today.
If that means I am doing good, then why did I had receive only 2 (two) votes for ‘Original Humour of the Month’ in Indiblogger. Just two. as in One two- cha cha cha. Let’s do cha cha cha.
Presently, on the indiVine section of Indiblogger I stand at nth in popularity for my Yezdi post. The (n-1)th blogger is 5 votes ahead of me and the (n+1)th one is 8 votes below me. The ‘most popular’ one is 23 votes ahead of me, as of now. I have uploaded few more posts which I consider good but have received just 2 votes for the ‘Power Cooking for Men’. I have received encouraging comments from bloggers hitherto unknown to me. I want to thank them all, as those comment meant a lot to me. One of the major reasons for my writing is to get readers’ appreciation and their comments. If I had to blog only for self-satisfaction, I would have probably contemplated about a topic and I remained a thinker. why to write at all? That would have also saved valuable time, energy and megabytes.
AEIOU ¿ ® is like a designer brief, it’s attractive, it’s original but it can’t be shown off. Try it, if it fits, its yours. If it doesn’t, sorry, briefs once sold, can’t be exchanged 🙂
So help me judge how ‘toing’ it is. Because I believe – if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. I will continue to reply to all my comments, interact with readers and add interesting comments to my FAQ section.
Oh yes, I am thick skinned so you have to pinch me hard. That’s why I call myself ~uh~™ !