Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Blogger's Work Is Never Done

"Since I find myself facing my laptop almost all of the time, I make sure my time is not wasted. So here, I'm blogging." - Agnes

For some, blogging is an addiction. For others, a chore. To date, I've written over 4-thousand posts on all my blogs combined! Wow, that's a lot.

Noah Brier writes that according to the Technorati 2008 State of the Blogosphere, of the 133 million blogs the site tracks only 7.4 million have been updated in the last 120 days. (For those that don't feel like doing the math, that's 125.6 million abandoned or at least unloved blogs.)[complete article]

For me, the blog has evolved from Circa 2003 until now, going from a modest web-page on Xanga, to a scheduler / record for the old Capital Region People radio show, to a personal weblog featuring my views on news and current events, to what it is today, whatever THAT is! :)

Each post that I prepare nowadays reflects my thoughts and stream-of-consciousness at the time it was written. I tend to write at the same time everyday, in the morning after breakfast / before work and in the evening usually between 6 and 8pm. On days off and weekends, I blog "whenever" and sometimes "not at all." While some bloggers seem compelled to churn out posts and panic when they run out of subject material, I never stress over it. If I have something to write about, I'll get around to it. If not, then not.

I signed up with Twitter but for the life of me doubt that I would ever use it UNLESS maybe something big was going down in New York City or Albany or wherever I happened to be, something similar to the Mumbai Massacre or some other disastrous situation. In Mumbai, Twitter-ers were able to provide useful up-to-the-second information that many times surpassed what mainstream media had to offer. I think it is useless and purposeless to Twitter stuff like "I just saw a bird" or "I hurt my eye" or "A car going thru a puddle splashed an old lady." (all actual Twitters!!) Bonus LinK: Mr. Tweet Helps Me Avoid Annoying People on Twitter

Then there are all the little widgets and embellishments. They're nice and many are useful, but in the end they are just widgets and embellishments. While I like to provide "comments" sections on my blog, you may opt to disallow readers the ability to comment, opting instead for a C_box or tagboard. I like a few ads (like Google AdSense) on my blog while others basically wallpaper their weblogs with adverts. While you might cherish your C-Box, I really don't think I need one. You might use a statcounter and watch your hits like a hawk, but I rarely check mine anymore. How you write your blog and extend its effectiveness with tools and services is entirely up to you. I like it that way.

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