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Be More Than a Blip in the Blogosphere

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The Washington Post has an article called Be More Than a Blip in the Blogosphere which is on how to make your blog more popular. I used to like linking to a couple of these in a month but lately “write a better blog” articles have turned into “how to make affiliate money online”. This one from the Washington Post however, is down to earth and easy to read and follow, which are important qualities in How To articles.

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  1. Chuck Adkins (6 comments.) says:

    As much as I’d like to say that I agree with that. I just don’t. I don’t wish to contribute to the “Drive By” media.

    Further more, I get free hosting and I am allocated a set bandwidth and if everyone and their uncle comes to my blog, it burns up bandwidth rather quickly. Luckily for me, I have a guy who’s quite understanding and has given me extra bandwidth. I cannot afford to buy dedicated hosting. It’s quite expensive. I am a free-lance writer. I don’t have a syndicated column yet. so, I have get what I can afford.

    So, having a link from the “Big Boys” isn’t always a good thing. and Plus, That whole article points to and exposes the Elitism in the Blogging World. The whole “Big Boys” and “Little People” in Blogging is such a horrible concept. It’s that whole, “I’m better than you”, nonsense that totally turns me off.

    I write to please one person, and that’s me. If anyone else likes what I write, fine. If not, Screw ‘em. I don’t believe in changing my style to pacify someone else or to conform to some political or social ideology. It totally inhibits one’s creativity.

    I say write what you feel and ignore the rest. That’s what Blogging is truly about.

    -Chuck Adkins
    http://www.thepopulistblog.com

  2. Sean (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the link. I agree, the large amounts of “how to make affiliate money online” has gotten out of control. This article was nice and clean. I already knew a few of the things listed but for a new upcoming blogger, it’s a good starting point. They can learn how to make money online later ;)

  3. Daniel (38 comments.) says:

    The media, in general, remains to feel threatened by the paradigm shift in the ‘everyman’ reporting in real-time via the blogosphere, and reacts accordingly. Do I blame them for trying? Not really, since they’re trying to retain readership to their online venues.

    On the otherhand, it could potentially drive traffic for some bloggers out there — and at least helps authors to find legitimacy wherein the media has often portrayed bloggers to be anything but legitimate. (Which is just the slip showing under their skirt, really.)

    I would actually urge bloggers to take charge and realize their legitimacy by being linked not through big-media conglomerates who make attempts to re-design their pages to look like blogs — but rather, find ways in networking which link [us all] into a more unique environment for dissemination. Apps like Digg and Technorati are intriguing, but, why not Google Earth, say — for example? Why not take an example from a site like YourStreet.com which aggregates RSS feed datas into the context of Google Maps, generating a hyperlocal landscape?

    You see, there are other options that the media itself should only then become a source within the bigger picture. Don’t allow them to lead you around — when we’re all created equal.

  4. Jeffro2pt0 (164 comments.) says:

    I wouldn’t mine being more than a blip. Just becoming a Z-list blogger would be cool.

  5. Cody (21 comments.) says:

    I think that being more than just a random blog is more important when you actually have something to market or sell. Blogs like mine don’t need that much traffic. I’m flattered by the few comments I get already, just because I, like Chuck above, write for myself. If people come along and feel the need to comment, great. If not, well, that’s fine too.

  6. Gatholoco (4 comments.) says:

    Better blog doesn’t mean better money. We could meet bloggers that money isn’t their main intention, but maybe that’s for several years ago. Trend talks.

  7. Jared (2 comments.) says:

    Mark,

    This is a great link. I’ve been thinking about doing more with my blog other than just the “what’s going on in my life” kind of updates. Thanks for the pointers.

  8. Raman (1 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the link, there are a few nice takeaways from it!



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