Gut Rumbles

February 19, 2006

he's usually correct

I suppose that I'm one of the "core readers" that this guy mentions in his gloomy prediction about the future of blogging. I like his blog. In the past, Steve has been remarkably accurate in his observations about blogging, such as the time he called ME a good writer, and I think he's right again here:

As you know, I have said repeatedly that blogging was "over." By that I meant that the Internet had become so congested it was no longer a meritocracy. In a market where not much is available, merit matters, because everyone is aware of the products that exist. People can compare the products and make choices based on quality. In a congested market, that doesn't work. You need help to get your product noticed. People end up choosing products that are well-known. Quality, by itself, is worthless.

Like I've said, you can forget about making a name for yourself blogging now, unless you're good at licking big-blogger rear ends and you can stand the taste. Even then, you're almost certain to fail. Kissing up to big bloggers can get you ten or twenty thousand visits per day, if they take a real shine to you, but there are a lot of people whose lips never leave big-blogger backsides, yet who can't break the one-hundred mark. And twenty thousand visits won't get you anywhere. You may feel like a big deal at that level, but you'll still have to have a day job. In the big scheme of things, you'll still be a zero.

I look around blogdom today and realize that I'm one of the graybeards out there. I've been running Gut Rumbles since December of 2001, and that's a LONG time in blog-years. (Which are kinda like doggy-years: ya gotta multiply by seven. Or maybe it just seems that way.) I get about 3,000 unique visits per day, but if you throw out the Google searches and the people who come here when they didn't really mean to, I probably have a couple of hundred actual readers. That's not too shabby, but it damn sure ain't Tall Dog territory.

I don't expect to do much better than that if I blog until I die. When Alex Hawkins was waived by the Baltimore Colts to fill the expansion team roster for the Atlanta Falcons in 1966, a reporter asked him if he expected to be a star now that he wasn't playing behind Raymond Berry and Lenny Moore anymore. "If I was gonna burn up the league, I'd have done it in Baltimore," Hawkins replied. I feel the same way about blogging. If I was gonna be a Tall Dog, I would have been one by now.

That's okay with me. I enjoy blogging and the traffic I get is sufficient to feed my ravenous ego, which is the whole POINT of blogging, in MY humble opinion. I've never attempted to be a "new media" journalist here. I don't consider myself to be a serious, deep thinker. I don't give a shit about changing the world, either. I just want to jump up and down, show my ass and yell, "HEY!!! LOOK AT MEEEEEE!!!"

If blogging is a passing fad that's reached the "saturation point" and is soon to go the way of the hula hoop and the CB radio, I won't be surprised. But that doesn't mean I'll quit blogging, either.

I like jumping up and down and showing my ass too much to quit.


I don't give a flying fig if no one ever reads my blog. I refuse to play linky-love games and am NOT interested in becoming a "big dog".

Why do I blog? I blog because I feel that I came equipped with a little more than the average bear between the ears, and that luck forces a duty on me to share the wisdom with others.

No, I'm not looking down my nose at anyone. As far as I'm concerned, everyone who has something to say will eventually come out with something useful, so I do a whale of a lot more reading than I do blogging.

I'm here to teach.

Any blogger who looks at the hobby as anthing but a means of transferring information is certifiably nuts.

The Internet can open doors: look at what is happening in the closed part of Chinese culture.

The internet cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Posted by: Rivrdog on February 19, 2006 01:00 PM

yes, do please show your ass.

Posted by: erica on February 19, 2006 01:20 PM

Hey Erica... I have a picture of that already.
It's a cute lil thang.
Want I should forward it to ya?
Or, better yet, I could just post it on my blog in lieu of a cat picture...
*giggle, snort*
(But, I really will. Bet me...)

Posted by: Stevie on February 19, 2006 01:31 PM

Oh, and Rob, Darlin'...

I'd rather blog like you (like I do) than that boring-assed Glenn Reynolds any day.

Posted by: Stevie on February 19, 2006 01:32 PM

Honestly, when I started my blog I was not looking for anyone but (maybe) my family to look at it now and again. I still blog that way, tho my "family" seems to have grown a little.

I get about 20 or so readers a day. That's

If one does something for one's own enjoyment, and others enjoy it as well, then that's fine. Blogging as a "meritocracy'???

Dang. I'm always behind the time.

There was a race running and I wasn't even aware it was being run........much less that I was a "loser".

Posted by: Nancy on February 19, 2006 01:52 PM

Music has gone through AM and FM and 8-Track and cassette and CD and IPOD, but it's still there, and it's still music.

Y'all naysayers can kiss my bloggin ass. I do it, I like doin it, and I have a fan-base that likes me doin it. And so do ya'll. Deal with it.

Which would you rather attend, a sold out Stones concert, or be in a honkey-tonk listening to a local band you really like?

I rest my case.

Posted by: Bane on February 19, 2006 02:28 PM

Well, A-man, when the "blog-rush" collapses, the die-hards, the ones that do it just for the sake of doing it, will still be here.

I read who I like, and post what I feel like (mostly for family) and I'm not going anywhere. Got a couple "outside" readers, my stats stay low and stable.

And...I still use my CB. Lot less crap on it now that the "Yuppy, in-crowd" went to "voice only" ham radio.

Now, go ahead and show us that ass, you Cracker. Said like a true Yankee.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on February 19, 2006 02:42 PM

I like reading and writing weird shit. (subliminal cat posting) I figure if I can entertain myself and my 1.5 readers occasionally, that's fine.
I started the blog for me mine ownself. To make myself actually commit something to, well, not paper, but something semi-permanent.
Flip flops will always be in style, and I figure I'm a flip flop as opposed to a Manolo.

Posted by: Kim on February 19, 2006 02:59 PM

Hear. Hear. Bring on the moonshots. You know Acidman won't do it so we'll have to count on you Stevie.

BTW, I sent a note to your bro. Not to worry, I didn't mention politics.

Posted by: Libby on February 19, 2006 03:01 PM

You forget that cats provide dogs dessert. If it weren't for their turds in the box, the dogs wouldn't have tasty treats to root for. For which to root. To spread around on the floor and such.

Posted by: Kim on February 19, 2006 03:31 PM

Oops. Meant to post this on the I Feel Pain post. Sorry.

Posted by: Kim on February 19, 2006 03:39 PM

Well, I've got the post with the pic drafted.
Just waiting to see what the consensus is.

Dude's got some GREAT legs....

Posted by: Stevie on February 19, 2006 04:09 PM

Well I've been to other's blogs that are supposedly "Tall Dogs" and I guess I'm not like the masses if they are into that stuff. I enjoy yours and some of your friends. The only daily blogs I read I have gotten from your site. If I don't have time for more than one, it's just you, baby.

Posted by: Lisa on February 19, 2006 06:34 PM

Okay then...
It's three "for", zero "against", so it's going up now.

Acidman may like to show his ass, but I'mina show his hiney...

Posted by: Stevie on February 19, 2006 06:41 PM

Hey Stevie, word of this gets out and you're gonna get 500000 hits!

Acidman: let me preface this by saying I'm a happily married woman, but aint got NOTHIN' to be ashamed of.....

Damn, I don't know if I can ever read this blog again because everytime I do I'll think of a nekkid Rob. Then again, I may read it fifty times a day.........

Posted by: A Different Kim on February 19, 2006 07:39 PM

Ooops, I meant to say that ROB ain't got nothing to be ashamed of.....when will I learn to proofread?

Posted by: A Different Kim on February 19, 2006 07:40 PM

Stevie, you're the new blog goddess. You KNOW I linked to it immediately.

Cuter than a kitten....

Posted by: Libby on February 19, 2006 09:58 PM

Whew! Nice booty *and* legs!

Posted by: Juliette on February 19, 2006 10:11 PM

I thnk blogging is like marriage. They say married people live longer. That's not true. It just SEEMS longer.

I think blogging, at least by the people like Steve, like you, Rob, like all the tall dogs, is gonna settle down to a small group of loyal readers and co-bloggers who are like good friends having (mostly) congenial conversations.

if we can get rid of the got-damned cats.

Posted by: og on February 19, 2006 10:47 PM

...I probably have a couple of hundred actual readers.I'm an actual "one of a couple of hundred"? I'm damn near unique! Keep up the good work, Rob! You're a gift to the blogosphere, even if only a "couple of hundred" people read you each day. Too many of the rest probably wouldn't be able to appreciate you; you're not PC enough. ;)

Posted by: Scott Crawford on February 19, 2006 11:02 PM

Well, there are maybe 7 or 8 of you out there whom I feel compelled to read on an almost daily basis. Maybe a dozen more that I will check on when I have free time. Now mind you, I work 2 jobs, neither of which allow for blog reading on company time but when I'm home I never miss you and V-man, Kelley, Juliette, my cousin Bob Baird, Steve H., Eric, Anna -- not interested in mommy blogs or cat blogs or 'oh, what a crappy day I've had in the White House' blogs -- I look for well written, thoroughly warped pieces that either inform me, make me laugh my ass off, or make me think outside the box just a tad. Not all that interested in the 'Tall Dogs' or what the rest of the Blog'o'sphere is doing -- you guys have gotten to be like family and you're one hell of a lot more entertaining than TV! I'd be very sad if any of YOU quite blogging altogether (like freaking Anna -- DAMN that girl can write and I miss her special brand of vitriol -- but if she'll make me some more soap I might almost forgive her for writing less)--but bottom line is that all y'all gotta do what you gotta do and if it quits being fun move on to the next thing. We're all damn lucky to have been able to feed at your tables for free for as long as we have --I just want to be able to go into Borders and buy your books!!

Posted by: Marianne on February 20, 2006 12:15 AM

Who gives a shit about "making a name" for one's self? If you write shit you know, and you write it well, people will read it and tell other people to read it. If you do that a lot, guess what, lots of people read it. Who gives a rats ass what the number is?

I can figure only two reasons. One, someone is trying to make a buck off it, in which case they need to realize that it's a job just like any other, at least if they want to succeed.

And two, someone who wants the glory of being a great writer, but really isn't, so chews sour grapes because those who are do it better.

In a word: Waaaah. If you want to make a living writing, and you think the blog market space is too saturated, make a better widget, or find another market.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on February 20, 2006 11:29 AM
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