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Are you a blogger? Who cares.

For those with soft ego – your readers do. Lacking subscribers? Get your mom to comment on your blog. She still cares. Boosts your stats too.

The subject was actually brought up by the recent shutdown day that asked two questions:

  • “Can you survive for a day without a computer?”Yes, I can.
  • And “what would happen if a lot of people were to do so?”

shutdown day on technorati

What would happen indeed? 4000 posts on Technorati and almost 2000 votes on Digg. Nearly a million views of the promotional video. After 50,000 people have explicitly claimed, on the shutdown poll, that they will participate – one might have expected the blogosphere to go quieter for a day…

Daily number of blog posts

Performing a Google Blog Search for a term “the”, and limiting results to a specific date, gives a pretty good estimate of blogging activity for that day. This is where the reality hits. You and your closest 50,000 blogging friends make up less than 0.1% of the estimated blogosphere. Your daily post is literally a one-in-a-million. If the entire shutdown group had blogs and stopped publishing, the small bump would still have gone unnoticed in the rising trend of blog publishing activities.

billion blog posts

Nearly a billion indexed blog posts. How would one get to be heard, among this massive amount of information noise? We come back to the original notion of interacting with your existing subscribers, reminding friends to visit your blog, and attempting to teach close relatives about RSS.

Since I have started blogging, I have noticed that my vocabulary expanded and my writing style began to incorporate more creative expressions, in an attempt to score long-tail search hits over the typical teenage journals ranting about life. And cats. In fact MySpace domain mentions “cat”s three times as often “programming”. I guess I’m in luck with my niche topics.

All that’s left is asking my existing readers (that would be you) for ideas, suggestions, and your friends email addresses (I’m just kidding about that last one). Remind my friends to pay attention to me. And teach my family to subscribe.

Hi mom, can you see this?

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  1. Posted by Tony2Nice | March 28, 2007, 3:52 am

    Haha. I’m not sure how my mother found my site, really. :]

    And yes, I think the “shutdown day” maybe had some, ahem, delusions of grandeur. I mean, the web isn’t the geek haven it used to be. Bulletin boards and newsgroupds have been replaced by e-commerce, online-banking, gmail, myspace, flickr, etc etc…did these people really expect to make a dent in traffic somewhere? I doubt it.

    Rather than trying to leave a mark, I think they were giving a self-experiment/learning experience a good go; but with some friends along for the ride. Made for decent blog fodder and maybe some electronic high fives.

    So, fellow blogger, what’d you do on Shutdown Day?

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  2. Posted by Tony | March 28, 2007, 4:09 am

    You are absolutely right, I was aiming just for the personal self-experiment with a learning experience. Ended up reading a book and playing video games. I didn’t really expect to see any noticeable drops on any metrics, but it’s still good to put things into a new perspective every once in a while, and reflect on the numbers behind such. Keeps things a bit more real in this digital world.

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  3. Posted by wamylove | March 31, 2007, 12:07 pm

    Haha I enjoyed your post. My mother is too senile to read any more, and I don’t really want relatives reading my blog, anyway.

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