Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Some caution, some advice

Sometimes I blog on my hit count, like I did in the post just below.

You might think that I am obsessed with such meaningless numbers or caught up in some sort of race. That isn't REALLY true.

I watch my numbers occasionally, but I don't think about them every day.

I guess I am just wondering if anything I do will cause my numbers to grow. I don't really have illusions that my blog will become famous or well-known. The odds against that are just so high. (But yes, I still check Newsweek every week, secretly wondering if some technology editor will take pity on me.) The reason I think about it, I guess, is that I habitually read other blogs by people that have been doing it for five or six years and, through some sort of alchemy or extreme networking, found a way to build an audience of critical mass.

So, I wonder how to do that . . .

But then I read stuff like this from one of the BusinessWeek bloggers: "I've put a huge amount of work into my FIVE blogs and gotten next to nothing in return. Sure, I've made a few good contacts, but I was doing that with email and my five web sites before I even started blogging. . . . I won't say that it's been a complete waste of time, but I can confidently say that it has not been a productive use of my time."

Pretty harsh, right?

But still I persevere.

Others on the BusinessWeek blog suggest that I post on Apple, as a way to drive up my hits. So, okay--have you seen the new Apple Mouse? It is completely the coolest mouse ever.

Unfortunately, I have a already very cool trackball mouse for my work computer and the new Apple mouse, no matter how cool it is . . . it isn't cordless, so I'm not gonna use it with my iBook. I guess I'll just have to wait for the cordless, Bluetooth version.

So, there you go . . . I'm linking to successful blogs; I'm writing about Apple. Anybody want to discuss Harry Potter some more?


Jack Thunder said...

yes, but at what cost?
such pandering to numbskulled Internet wanderers does nothing for your regular readers.
perhaps you should have another surgery.
that was pretty cool.

Sven Golly said...

Ouch! Talk about harsh. Is that why L.A. matrons have cosmetic surgery, so they have something to talk about over capuccino? Oh boy, I can't wait to tell you about my colonoscopy!