Gut Rumbles
 

December 27, 2004

the blog collective

I want to read this book. I truly am fascinated by how quickly blogging has emerged as a powerful force in electronic media and I wonder where it's headed in the future.

When I started blogging three years ago, most people didn't know what a blog was (a lot of people STILL don't know, but Dan Rather does--- you can bet your sweet ass on that fact!) and very few blogs reached a very large audience. I stumbled across glenn reynolds, andrew sullivan and ken layne, and I was hooked.

I liked the links to news stories, but I also enjoyed the personality, the opinion and the style they presented. I knew immediately that I wanted to try it myself. So, I started a blog of my own and ...the rest is history, yada, yada yada...

A LOT of people have blogs today and the Tall Dogs enjoy tremendous readership. Some of them are making a nice income from their sites. technorati now tracks more than 5 MILLION BLOGS and the number is growing daily. THAT is a phenomenon, people, and it is changing the face of journalism.

I agree with something Steven den Beste once said before he burned out and quit writing: 90% of blogs are pure shit. He pissed me off when he said it, but looking around now, I believe that he was being charatable in his assessment.

Yeah, a lot of blogs are pure shit. The Tall Dogs receive all the attention, too, which blinds a lot of people to what I see happening in Blogdom: the Little Pups have a lot more influence than they get credit for. Just look at my blogroll.

That's MY inner circle, the people I read frequently. They read me, too, and they all have THEIR inner circles. If someone on that roll writes a particularly good post, l link them. My inner circle follows the link and links the post again. Then, THEIR inner circle reads and decides to link, too. The next thing you know, goddam Instapundit is running with the link.

Yeah. Sometimes it's like throwing a stone into a quiet lake. The ripples just keep spreading, and it all starts with one person nobody saw standing on the shore in the first place before he threw the rock. You don't have to be famous to start a ripple in Blogdom. The place is too interconnected.

That Object of My Undying Lust, key monroe said it well at the last Jawja Blog-Meet: "I don't try to link-whore. I'm happy with the traffic I get and if I write something (picture a beautiful blonde woman rolling her eyes and making appropriate hand-gestures) "WOOOORTHY," you people link it and do my dirty work for me." She is exactly right.

If you have more readers than just you and your mama, you're a member of the Blog Collective, whether you realize it or not. You have a fresh rock in your hand every day. Just THROW IT and see what happens.

You never know how many ripples you may stir.

Comments

You are one of the main reasons I started my blog. I check you out several times a day, and whether you make me laugh or piss me off, I appreciate you.

You've also turned me on to a bunch of different blogs, which in turn have turned me on to a bunch more blogs.

Thanks. Merry After Christmas.

Posted by: amesk on December 27, 2004 05:18 PM

I'm also too lazy to traffic whore. I guess I left that part out. ; )

(Still savoring the "she is exactly right" line... It's about time you admit it!)

Posted by: Key on December 27, 2004 05:32 PM

Yup, what Key said is exactly right. I've got a little podunk blog that makes ME happy. I've got no illusions about being a 'big dog'. If someone happens to read something they like then, hey....it's a bonus. I just noticed that some guy on another blog mentioned his low amount of daily hits and wondered what he could post that would google more hits....as in big-haired, fake-tittied chickies. I'm thinkin that I'd rather have QUALITY hits than QUANTITY. The amount of hits doesn't really mean a stinkin thing if no one's actually reading.

Posted by: Pammy on December 27, 2004 05:41 PM

All of my posts are worthy. Except for the ones that suck piggy tit.

I don't link much, which shows a lack of community spirit, to be sure, but it seems one is either a link whore or a loner Lee Harvey Oswald type.

I'll settle for being the crazy Uncle Waldo in the broomcloset of Blogdom. I kind of like it in there, with the Lysol for sipping, and the red sawdust for sweeping up vomit that gives me traction in the dark.

Posted by: Velociman on December 27, 2004 06:12 PM
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