This strange world of blogging! You find people here – the virtual one, with virtual names, sometimes weird ones too. Names that amuse you, names that make you wonder about the real person behind them. As the normal human nature goes, you usually tend to imagine a person behind those wonderful write ups that you love. Usually we end up visualizing the blogger as “good looking” one and never an ugly face as we are so very fascinated by their writing style or their sense of humour and such. Well, a person with such an amazing talent can never be NOT good looking right? But sadly, I am not supposed to write on their good looks (if at all they have any), but about this very strange world of blogsphere!
I have been blogging for more than a year now. I cannot call myself a great blogger (ah, the modest me!), but I have observed enough about the blogs and bloggers to write this post dedicating to them.
Now call this weird trait of mine, rather, a weirdity as a fellow blogger puts it, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Anonymous Identity of bloggers. Here, people call themselves lonely heart, crying eye, running skeleton, stupid character and what not. And they all are proud of these names. Call them by this in real life and see their reaction! Don't sue me if they beat the hell out of you.
There are few who have decent names too. They don't want to reveal their identity or they can relate to that term really well. Few among them become really popular bloggers. But people know the pseudo name of the person. Popularity is yours but the name isn't! Hmmm.
Usually, people with anonymous identities have a Personal Blog. There, they usually rant. Rant about work, family, husband, boyfriend, friends, loneliness, crowd, food, roads, potholes, moods, happiness, sadness, jealousy and every possible emotion you can think of. They rant and we read. Sometimes we enjoy the rants, other times we leave a comment in spite of not liking the rant at all, as we need their comments too!
Somehow, I have always enjoyed reading General Blogs that usually concentrate on day to day observations, regular topics, photographs, general people, small joys of life that we tend to overlook. Such general blogs include Travelogues, Review Blogs, Fashion Blogs, Photo Blogs, Short Stories Blogs, Food Blogs and such kinds. Now “always enjoy reading” is a very relative term, for I somehow lack patience for the reviews, fashion and recipes. I love to read posts on observations, cities, cultures, or even geek stuff for that matter as I can really relate to it. Geekdom fascinates me the most; as I belong there.
I have even come across Political Bloggers, Social Bloggers, Tech Bloggers, Sex Bloggers – oh yes, there are plenty of them who write about raunchy stuff on a public blog and you will faint after looking at their popularity and if you love to receive plenty of comments and want hundreds of followers, you will get tempted to start such a blog too. A sacred form of Sex Blogs is Mushy Blogs. Here, the love and affection have been portrayed beautifully. Even an unromantic person like me can read one whole post. Rest of the posts do get too monotonous for me, but still, even that is an achievement.
One lady whom I regularly read has a blog for her son – A Mommy Blogger I call her. She writes about her experiences with him, his growing up days, the first word he said, the first sentence he formed, the first friend he made, the first letter he wrote, the first competition he won – each memory, each and every memory is preserved in her posts. Some bloggers even write from the child’s prospective – it reads as if the child has written those posts; his perspective, his perception, his feelings and emotions.
Professional Bloggers – the luckiest of all. Geeks like me blog for free, and use the free space to vent out. We do not care about hits, Adsense, Alexa and Page Ranks, SEO, number of comments, number of subscribers, followers and fans. But Professional Bloggers make their passion a business and earn out of it. No wonder they are successful. And we let our passion be just a passion, no matter how popular our blog is numbers and readers wise. We prefer to be called a geek in spite of being tagged as Blog Celebrity.
Blog Celebrity reminds me of Celebrity Blogs. Various film stars and celebrities blog too. Their language is so lucid, their description is so vivid, and their posts are very long and make a good read. Blog is updated pretty much regularly, around 12 to 15 posts a month. They will have two posts in five days even though they might have travelled through four countries in those five days! Now aren’t they amazing? And they write so well, that you sometimes feel that it must have been written by some professional blogger! Multi faceted personalities in its true sense, don’t you think?
Ah, the list will go on and on. Even Teenagers blog these days even before they enter college – they are that talented. They even advice geeks about how to blog and make money. You even find online magazines - free as well as subscription ones, Group Blogs, Contest Blogs, News Blogs, Campaign Blogs and such. Group blogs bring in like minded people under one roof, while contest blogs bestow you with name, recognition and erm virtual prizes (sigh!) while few of the campaigns on blogs have been very successful.
Now it’s time for my favourite category of bloggers – crazy for comments, followers and numbers. They go into depression if nobody reads their post, they comment on other blogs and posts so that others come back and comment on theirs. One of such bloggers once asked me about the secret behind getting a lot of comments. She wanted a lot of comments and she thought that a geek would know the answer to her question. She wanted me to advice her on how can she get a lot of comments. Time for another sigh!!
Now I think I have the answer for her question. I am in an advice mood as well. All you wonderful bloggers, who think that receiving comments on your post is a difficult task, or you do not have many readers on your blog, here are ten golden rules for you – Ten Blog Commandments. Use them and see how far you reach in the world of blogging and become a blog celebrity:
1) Choose the topic that has some kind of discriminating factor.
2) Blog hop a lot and leave an “over the board” comment on others’ post. They are bound to visit your page after you have left many praises on their post. If the post favours them, they will praise you back and may add you in their follow list. If they dislike your post, they will still leave a fake comment praising you.
3) Agree with your readers. But ask them questions. They will come back and reply again. The number and length of comments will keep on increasing.
4) Do not write a new post for the next seven days.
5) Publish your post at all possible networking sites.
6) After three days, once the traffic starts decreasing; blog hop again, leave a nice comment, call the blog owner intelligent, leave your post link and ask for his/her views on it.
7) After another day, follow step two again.
8) Next day, follow step three.
9) All this while, you only keep posting anonymous comment on your post that is opposing and replying to others. Enjoy the game being played among your readers.
10) In those seven days, think about your second topic and mention it in bold and capital letters in your comment form and other social networking sites.
Do this exercise. I am sure you will get more than 100 unique hits per day. Activate Adsense and earn money. Moreover, you will be considered as one of the finest bloggers. Additionally; add all your readers/followers as your facebook friends. Now you are secured that they will always come back and read your post and comment as they are your "friends" now.