My own blogging I've learned a lot of things because I wanted to join in the conversation. Reading Doc, one gets a sense that climbing the tail is the only way to go... so I signed on to that mission.
One of the things that rubbed off on me from my day job is that one should have clear goals, and measureable results. My goals for this blog at this point are:
- find my voice - a vague 60's sounding thing reminiscent of "finding myself"
- express myself - vague as well
- improve the human condition - nebulous and vague as well
- measure my rank - this is ego, pure and simple
- not waste my time doing the above - well... that will always be up for discussion
I share Dave's dislike of bullshit, marketing or otherwise. Nobody likes being manipulated, and I'm especially sensitive to it, or I like to think that I am. Update: Noran tells me I'm a piece of moldable clay... ;-)
I do like to experiment... and this blog is one huge experiment, just to see what the heck happens. I've learned a lot because of it.
#1 - Blog Mechanics and Physics (Rank)
I've learned that my blog has about 10 visitors per day if I'm careful and exclude myself. This number seems to have absolutely no correlation to Technorati's ranking. I had expected them to be somewhat inversely proportional from the ClueTrain and LongTail theories.
Using Sitemeter, I'm now learning that people hit this blog from 2 sources:
- When I happen to say something that results in a link from an "A lister"
- When someone does a Google search and matches something I've written about
Occasionally someone will read something on one of my pages that actually causes them to want to read more... at this point I've actually gained some attention which is the hot commodity in the blog-o-sphere.
I'd estimate that perhaps 1 to as many as 10 page reads per day are due to actual interesting material. This is sufficient interest to me to warrant further writing and posting, and perhaps even finding a better blogging software to support categories, which would make it easier to discover my other "valuable" (ha!) "content" (aka stuff or miscellaneous scribblings)
Now, I'm fairly certain that at this point I have only two regular readers... myself and my lovely wife, Noran. I doubt that Doc, Dave, or anyone else actually reads this blog on a regular basis. I'm too sporadic in posting to meet the implied social contract of the blog-o-sphere... one post per day, minimum, no exceptions.
#3 - Editing - as process
My actual flow in building a post is: