Random Thoughts About Blogging

Blogging is something that anyone can do, but very few do it well. Mind you when I say very few it is a number that is relative to the total number of blogs. How many blogs are there now?

Technorati says that they are currently tracking 60 million blogs and that more than 175,000 new blogs are created each day.

Think about that. That is an incredible number. It is huge, just immense. It leads to many questions.

How many of those blogs are good. How many will last more than a few months, let alone a couple of years. How many of the good ones will be able to maintain a high level of quality.

Life is different in cyberspace. Some might say that bloggers age in dog/blog years. With a little less than three years of blogging experience I am already an old timer, a real alter cocker.

When I look at the corner that some of us call the Jblogosphere I am still amazed by how many newcomers there are each day. New blogs and new aggregators show up like clockwork. If you are one of those people who enjoy finding new blogs there is no shortage.

Instead your enemy is time. It is an impossible task to keep up with all of these blogs. There simply are too many to follow, especially if you get hooked on a few.

Have you ever noticed how some of the really big blogs can get away with publishing garbage. Once you hit a certain size it becomes fairly easy to find shortcuts because you know that unless you consistently tank you will always have an audience.

Here are the shack the posts that receive the most comments are those that are about blogging. When I ask people to comment on their blogging habits/practices I always get a much larger response. Should I assume that this is because people like talking about themselves.

Blogging is addictive. Some people just cannot get enough of it. And some people get too much. For a while it is one of their favorite things to do and then one day they just get sick of it and then they give up.

I don’t know about you, but I am quite curious to see what happens to blogging over the next five years.

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10 Comments

  1. Jack's Shack November 27, 2006 at 7:27 am

    Chana,

    Ask PT about the MP3, I am sure that he knows.

    Sheyna,

    Could be.

  2. Sheyna Galyan November 27, 2006 at 3:02 am

    Darn… now by commenting, I suppose I’m just proving your point.

    Maybe blogging about blogging is the equivalent of talking shop?

  3. Chana November 26, 2006 at 5:34 am

    To be honest, I’m in it for me. I have a miniscule readership, and that’s ooooookay, LOL.

    I don’t care where I rate on Technorati, I just want to figure out how to get my bassoon recital mp3’s on my blog! Any suggestions?

  4. Jack's Shack November 26, 2006 at 4:56 am

    BB,

    WordPress has some of the functionality you are seeking.

    Jameel,

    No way, you are much much older than I. πŸ˜‰

    PP,

    Good luck. πŸ˜‰

    Amishav,

    Could be.

  5. Anonymous November 26, 2006 at 1:54 am

    I’ve been blogging for close to a year now and man, its tough to keep up the quality- that’s why I don’t post as often as I used to, but there I go, talking about myself again, just like you said. Perhaps in five years Everyone will have a blog and no one will read any except their own…

  6. tafka PP November 25, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    Should I assume that this is because people like talking about themselves?

    Yes!

    – I just hit my 2 year blogiversary. And every post is still my last. Gotta break the narcissistic, time-consuming/wasting habit…

  7. Jameel November 25, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    Jack: I have the solution for the blog explosion issue…I just need a venture capitalist to fund the solution!

    (And last I checked, I was ranked around 11,000 out of all of Technorati’s blogs…and I PROMISE you that I will not lower my standards and publish junk πŸ™‚

    PS: You can be an alter-cocker…’cause we’re roughly the same age.

  8. Bagel Blogger November 25, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    5 years? Thats a long time Jack.

    I still feel like a Newbie.

    Every day I see something else, or come across blogs that are really good that I’ve never come across before.

    60 million blogs? Wow

    Thats a lot of chauff

    If there was one feature I was I had, it would be to record my comments collectively,(Be able to see this week’s comments etc.) and be able to revisit easily, comments I have made to see responses.

    Aaron
    Visit: Bagelblogger

  9. Jack's Shack November 25, 2006 at 8:49 am

    See, it is all in the eye of the beholder.

  10. Rhea November 25, 2006 at 1:19 am

    I’ve been blogging for well under a year. But I agree that blogging can be measured in dog years. I feel like an old hand now. I would say I am addicted and really enjoying it. I had to laugh the other day, though, when someone referred to me in a comment as an ‘established’ blogger. Ha! It will definitely be fascinating to watch the future of this whole enterprise unfold.

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