The Life Cycle of a Blog Post

January 30th, 2008
Blogging News, Business of Blogging

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post, From Servers to Spiders to Suits — to You:

You compose a new post. You click Publish and lean back to admire your work. Imperceptibly and all but instantaneously, your post slips into a vast and recursive network of software agents, where it is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, republished, and propagated throughout the Web. Within minutes, if you’ve written about a timely and noteworthy topic, a small army of bots will get the word out to anyone remotely interested, from fellow bloggers to corporate marketers.

I could not have described this post (on Wired) better. It is a flash animation that follows a blog post as it makes its way through the Interweb. If you ever wondered how all these disparate peices fit into the blogosphere, this is the food for thought.




  1. Chris (26 comments.) says:

    Very nice article. Good for new bloggers especially.

  2. Jeffro2pt0 (164 comments.) says:

    This is freaking awesome. This is the kind of stuff that fascinates me. Just like the flash animation which describes the travels of a packet of information.

  3. Tadd (89 comments.) says:

    So .. Groucho Marx is a splogger? CURSE YOU GROUCHO!!!!

  4. Juanpa! (1 comments.) says:


    It’s is very funny to click&hold and loose the point you wanted to read… :P

  5. Chess Teaching (15 comments.) says:

    A nice and educative lesson

  6. rinaz (1 comments.) says:

    I like the idea, but I don’t find the flash interface user friendly. For casual users for me, having to hold on they mouse and then to navigate it is not easy.

  7. bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

    I find it fascinating how blogging has changed over the years.
    It used to be, blogging was nothing more then a public diary.
    Nowadays, employees have been fired from their jobs because of something they wrote about in their blog, doctors have dismissed patients because of something one of his/her patients wrote about in their blog, not naming names in the post, but complaining about a particular office visit for example. I dunno, I guess I always thought what you write about in a blog was protected by our whatever amendment freedom of speech. lol but that is no longer the case apparently. My blog is the most popular area on my website, nobody else even reads anything else I have to say on my other web pages, just my blog, and as I’ve said, I’ve gotten in trouble many times by people I didn’t think even cared to read my blog, like my own doctors and place of employment, so it is facinating how blogging has evolved over the years.

  8. Matthew (1 comments.) says:

    Please stop the insanity. “Interweb” is not a real word. It’s a joke.

  9. Mark Ghosh (386 comments.) says:

    Matthew: Yes, we know. It was tongue in cheek.

  10. Webomatica (2 comments.) says:

    Definitely neat. What’s more interesting is I subscribe to wired, so I saw the print version of this. It looks exactly the same, so the flash ineractivity matches well.


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