Finding your place in the blogosphere

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Everytime I look at my blog, I cring at the blurb above where I actually mention my PhD program. At the time I started this blog, I was focused on making it really academic related, to benefit mankind and to motivate myself to work harder as a graduate student. For some time, if you look back in my archives, it really was. As time went by, other parts of my life started to seep into my blog, further exposing myself for the world to see without the faintest idea of who else might be reading. Now look at what this blog has become… a cesspool of strange convoluted thoughts merely revolving on what’s Cool and what’s Hot?

As my professor says, I’ve now got a “Me Blog”. I didn’t want to end up having a personal blog because I felt it wouldn’t mean a thing in this world. I wanted to contribute to the greater good, blogging about things that matter and not about the small things in my life. That said, it’s not easy. Bloggers I admire include my professor, Steve Rubel, Dave Winer, and Mr Wang of Commentary Singapore, just to name a few… just look at the amount of ideas they generate!

Perhaps an original article comes out from me once or twice a month, but my everyday blogging formula involves thrawling my giant RSS net and picking the “best fish” off the web. Speaking about fishing, haven’t you heard how blogs are “liquid” in nature? My recent conversation with a BlogBridge developer revolved on Dave Winer’s “River of News” concept. Also, Alex Halavais not too long ago talked about David Sifty (Technorati) being quoted in the Economist as referring to the text of blogs as a “river of human chatter”. His graduate student, Jia Lin, also wrote a poetic construction of the Web Ecosystem which said “A single personal website could be submerged in a mighty torrent of millions of other similar sites, and the seeming triviality of its content might well lead to it being neglected”.

Forget trying so hard to find my niche… I’m going to let the niche find me (hopefully!). Let me embrace the fact that this blog is a representation of myself, which is always in a state of flux, never still in one place. For those of you regular readers of my blog, you can think of this as a neverending rollercoaster ride in the Disneyland of ideas. Get ready for the time of your life!

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4 thoughts on “Finding your place in the blogosphere

  1. I know what you mean. When I first started blogging I wanted to create a place for myself in the blogosphere. After awhile I realized that my blog was really a collection of random posts that weren’t very original, but fun to create nonetheless. Now I’m content to post on whatever is on my mind (mostly links to other sites) and play with the site design.

  2. Ryan: Blogging on a regular basis can be lifesucking, at least to me. Yet I keep doing it believing that something I say is bound to fall through the blogosphere and touch someone. I see this manifest itself as comments left on my blog. I believe it’s the same for you. Speaking of which, how do you feel and what do you do when you have long periods of comment drought?

    *Please excuse the river reference again 😛

  3. Well, I don’t know that I’ve experienced not having periods of comment drought 😉 When there hasn’t been much interaction on my blog I remind myself that there are plenty of people I can sit down with face-to-face for conversation. Comment drought causes me to remember the “real life” people I should be interacting with more.

    I’ve noticed though that posting regularly (several times a week) seems to result in more comments. I think people lose interest in a blog that is sporadically updated.

  4. I believe there’s actually research that proves this… in the early days of the Internet, the more frequently a web site was updated, the more visitors would return. I agree that once you stop blogging, people switch channels and start tuning their focus on other sites. That’s partly why I say blogging can be a lifesucking activity… because I think of these factors all the time and somewhat know the inevitable consequences. As such I try to have an easy workflow to get regular updates on the blog.

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