blogging gobbledygook and such

For all her apprehension and reluctance to create a blog before – many unfinished private diaries come to mind and she does not want a repeat of those poor unfortunate, incomplete souls – she has been absolutely, completely bitten by the blogging bug (perhaps knowing there are anonymous strangers reading her writing fuels her narcissistically?).

Now that she has found a writing outlet (and a stress-relieving one as well), something else plagues her insufferable curiosity (she is an accomplished busybody in the real world): who reads her blog???

There are only two people she is absolutely certain read her blog –

that one who makes up half of the total comments in this blog, that one who is young-at-heart and an age-is-only-a-number believer, that mature, “irreverent” Canadian coyote that is timethief,

and a certain dave, a twentysomething Malaysian who has recently gotten his Masters in Linguistics and likes to play something call “finger-style” guitar (very disturbing images come to her perverted mind – it’s that damn word, finger).

But what about those anonymous readers who make up her blog stats? Those who came from various links in forums she participates? Those who, unbelievable as it seems to her, actually subscribe to her feed?

Who are you?

Comments on: "Don’t you ever wonder who reads your blog?" (6)

  1. well, I just came here from the WP forums and saw this post…hi! (Sometimes I wonder the same about my blog and it struck me as funny when I saw this because I wanted to make a post asking the same thing).

    So, as you were talking about comment-returning etiquette here — http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=2473&replies=3 — I usually don’t bother to return comments because most of my friends are accustomed to LiveJournal and not having to check them because replies are emailed back automatically. Sometimes, if a question is involved, I send an email to the person since WordPress collects e-mail addresses. However, I thought maybe I should try to be more conversational in the blogosphere.

    Right now I have accounts at both cocomments and co.mments to compare the two. Co.mments seems simpler to use and has the advantage of being able to track conversations in which you are not a participant and being able to delete conversations if you no longer want to track them. However, Cocomments seems to have more community features, and a user of co.mments rather than cocomments might be skipped over in discussions involving cocomments users because she does not show up as being a fellow cocomments user. Do you have thoughts on what the best service is for tracking comment replies?

    sulz: hi, thanks for visiting! what coincidence huh self wrote this before you did (if you still plan to go ahead and write about it)?

    didn’t know about livejournal’s commenting system, but isn’t it a nuisance having to reply to every one even though the email is automatic? mean, you could just post one comment in a certain post replying to all commenters all at once – that’s how self notice people from wordpress and blogger do it. yes, you should give replying comments a try – it’s sort of like a little wp forum one could create in their blog, if your readers are as vocal as some who are in the wordpress forums.

    hey, didn’t know there is another comment-tracking site besides cocomment. shall try to sign up for it soon. honestly, the best comment-tracking solution self has come up with is to remember the blog and visit it the next day. nothing like the good old-fashioned human way, haha.

  2. Yes, I’m not entirely satisfied with either Cocomment or Co.mments because they don’t have compatibility with all types of blogs (Co.mments is the more limited one in that regard, though Cocomments is incapacitated with digg.com-esque sites like hugg.com). I’ve heard that some people manage comment tracking by setting up a del.icio.us account to do it or a mycomments tag within their account—funny I never thought to use del.icio.us for that, and the advantage is that it would work with anyone’s blogging system.

    LJ is a little bit different from the rest in that it features threaded comments, so users can reply to comments or to comments on comments (and so on). Most registered users choose to recieve e-mail notifications that send comments to their own blog posts and comments that are made on comments that they made elsewhere. The notification emails, which are html, include a box to type and submit a reply, which will be posted on the site, so it’s not even necessary to return to the site to keep a conversation going and from the users’ perspective it’s almost identical to having an email dialogue.

    However, there are other factors that make LJ not the best blogging platform (despite the fact that if you write there, you get prolific numbers of comments) hence the existence of communities such as http://community.livejournal.com/lj2wordpress

    sulz: well, if that’s the case, the lj commenting system is pretty good – no wonder read so many comments whenever self come across a livejournal blog – the email system really encourages comments.

    up till now, have no clue what del.icio.us or technorati tags are for, surely one can search for self’s blog without all those tags?

    read your blog – you work/study at harvard? wow.

  3. Oo…I’ve been cited. 😛

    Err..well, most fingerpickers find fingerstyling ‘sexy’ (in non-erotic ways). >:P

    sulz: aiyoh, who use the word ‘cited’ in blogspeak la? so academic… it’s called ‘plugged’, self believe. please ignore this pervert of a girl – she can think the most perverted of thoughts on the most ordinary of things. gee, thanks so much for the term ‘fingerpickers’, now she’s going to think of nosepickers instead.

  4. del.icio.us is a system for storing and tagging links; i think some people use it to store links to all the posts on which they’ve commented so that they remmember to return to those conversations.

    right now, i have the cocomments firefox extension running automatically just because i haven’t bothered to turn it off, but i’m mainly tracking using a combination of co.mments and a bookmarks folder for comment threads that don’t yet work with co.mments.

    yes, i’m going to be a freshman at harvard in the fall (so excited)…and i started this blog quite recently in order to keep in touch with far-flung friends and have more of a real-blog-ish repository for my ideas outside of livejournal, the platform of my teenagehood (nothing wrong with it, though.) i was quite excited to find this public rss site: http://www.ben-white.org/harvard/

    apparently many harvard student blogs are collected on either a somewhat walled-garden place called campustap, or the wordpress-based blogs.law.harvard.edu; that aggregator was built to be more inclusive of blogs that did not choose to be on either of those systems and integrate harvard more with the ways of the general blogging world.

    can’t wait to see your site’s new design!

    sulz: wow, wish the college self go to have such a system – would love to read blogs by fellow college students, or maybe even lecturers! wow harvard, what are you studying? don’t get your hopes too high on the new design, it’s just a new blog title and header. with some 20+ themes available can’t exactly look unique to the rest of the 200k + other wordpress blogs, can this? but am pretty excited too – it’s all ready just waiting for july to come.

  5. I considered becoming a computer nerd, or an architect, but now I think I’m going to study Physics and Philosophy.

  6. Sulz – at last I made it to your blog! So I suppose I’m no longer a blurker (one of those anonymous reader that show up on site meter) 😉

    sulz: hi, glad you made it the next level of blogreading – commenting! (though you did comment first on the spotted dick post, remember?) didn’t know you are one of self’s regular readers, and bet you didn’t know am one of yours too…

    hmm, is that what it’s called, blurker? don’t you mean lurker?

    oh! blog + lurker = blurker! how cute!

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