Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Confessions of a Blog Whore

I just want to personally thank Pat Robertson.

Without him (and Hugo Chavez), I wouldn't have had a blog entry yesterday and I try to write something new every day (except on weekends when it's hit and miss). I mean, shit, Gawker, Defamer, and Wonkette take BOTH Saturday AND Sunday off!

But when you can't think of anything to blog about, things don't feel right. Either there's nothing going on in the world that interests you or you can't think of ANYTHING that captures your imagination. And that's not good. Life's way too interesting for that. Also, as Joel Achenbach wrote in Sunday's Washington Post, the blog has an appetite that MUST be satisfied. Like the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, it cries, "FEED ME!"

So, here's the dirty little secret. As I became more panicked for a topic, I started craving attention. My statcounter numbers have been declining and...so...out of desperation...I picked Pat Robertson. I looked at Technorati.com, saw which topic was getting the most hits, and I caved. Isn't that sick? So sick...

BUT THINGS COULD BE WORSE...when Parade Magazine claimed that 80,000 people start a blog EVERY DAY, My boyfriend said, "Yeah, but how many write about three entries and then never post again?". True, but even the most prolific bloggers can reach a "blog life crisis." Thankfully, there's a helpful pamphlet to offer assistance. Check it out.

The siren song of the blog is strong. Resist it at your own peril.

[Via Fried Rice Thoughts and Weighing On Your Mind]

4 Comments:

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well hey, Uniongrrl! I read your blog EVERY day - and check periodically through the day for a new posting, just in case. I am one of your most ardent fans, and it's not just because you're a friend of mine! ;-) When there is no new posting, I just figure you're out there having a life so you can have something new to blog about. So cut yourself a break, you geek, and just go with the flow!
Debra

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Ian C. said...

It's amusing how self-esteem gets tied to the blog the more you put into it. But I'm glad to see someone else feel as strongly about posting something every day (and on weekends!).

But going to Technorati and choosing a topic based on the most hits is brilliant. I wish I'd thought of that. My solution was to use words like "naked," "porn," and "celebrities."

(P.S. Thanks for the link.)

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Marionette said...

My philosophy is that blogging is essentially something to be done for one's own amusement. Yes, it's nice if lots of people are reading it, and even nicer if they occasionally respond to our words, but until we start getting paid by the number of hits, what difference does it really make?

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger Baby Chronicles said...

I ditto Debra or is that anonymous...

Christy

 

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