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Apr 20, 2004



Hey, hey, hey! Hold on a sec. I never claimed to be an A-Lister. I'm not anywhere near the A-listers in terms of traffic or links. Mostly this is due to the fact that I regularly cull my readership with quarterly semi-insane leftist rants and am quite proud of it.

You can consider me a "B-Lister" if you'd like (this is my own term). It means I have a popular and "known" blog, but not so much traffic and links that people fawn over me in public or anything like that.

Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. If you wrote every day and linked every day, you would eventually get noticed and become "part of the conversation" a bit more and rankings and traffic would follow. At first it's like you're talking to yourself, but very soon you start getting that great feedback which makes blogging really worth it.

As for the barrier to entry? Well, I think the tools will continue to get easier and more accessible by everyone. The weblogging concept has already lowered the barrier and raised the quality of personal online content considerably (compare Geocities circa 1997 to TypePad 2004, for example). This trend will continue, I'm sure.

By the way, you know how you can tell a newbie blogger from a "real" blogger? Newbies talk about blogging. "What am I doing? Why are we doing this? This is all new and interesting..." and other sorts of comments along those lines.


Remember: Daily bloggers are the best bloggers!

Keep it up!


Trudy W. Schuett

There's still a lot of confusion about blogs, the etiquette, and terminology. Last summer when I first got into all this, I often found myself explaining what a blog was and wasn't, and there are still some (mostly employees of traditional media outlets) that disparage all blogs as poorly-written, far too personal diaries. Well, we know that's no longer true, and blogs are now available on many subjects, with a clear business or educational focus.

I think what happens is that for some reason people are trying to make it more complicated than it is. Maybe this is because some people just are determined that anything having to do with technology absolutely must be complex and arcane. There are still a lot of Luddites floating around!

But I think that the confusion and even the current etiquette and procedures will eventually go by the wayside, as more blogs become serious information exchanges. The current A-listers will likely be as popular, since they are very good for their purposes, but not all blogs will have the same function. More often than not, I think, they will be intended for a carefully focused group of readers and not intended to bring fame for the author or webmaster.

Time will tell, I guess! But I remember there being a lot of confusion and disinformation floating around when I went online in 1995. People didn't always understand that an e-mail list was different than a newsgroup, and a search engine was not a portal, and no, the government was NOT watching you thru your monitor. ;>) (had to put that in! )

Things got straightened out, and I have every reason to believe that blogs will too.

Roger Benningfield

Shel: "...it will be truly easy to use when I can just do the whole thing in Word, then hit return and have all the links and whatever the Hell they are get uploaded in a single click."

Most blogapps (particularly the hosted versions) are 80% of the way there. For example, I can click "New" in Outlook, type up my entry, and attach a photo... then I just address it to my JournURL-powered blog, click "Send", and it gets posted. If I know how to send email, I already know the basics.

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