A recent post I read somewhere on the blogosphere made me wonder about blog stats. Based on observation, many of the bloggers that blog for the bigger numbers get a daily ego enema and I think they get caught in some tragic cycle they can’t break away from. They spit out several topics a day that quickly evolve from critical analysis to controversy to shit stirring. And boy do people love shit stirring; it is the tabloid equivalent to blogging. To get higher stats all you have to do is say something that is the opposite of reason and logic, and then claim that your so called argument is both reasonable and logical. Or doing the exact opposite of that: saying something that everyone generally agrees with.
So riddle me this…
Is an inflated ego inevitable with the higher stats? Does it all just, you know, come with the territory? Does it render one incapable of carrying on a conversation without mentioning their blog’s stats in that “oh, by the way” kind of way? Or have their Technorati and Alexa rankings printed on a t-shirt?
When does pride in the success of one’s blog become vanity?
And is success truly success if it is declared in a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly reminder to one’s readers of just how great they are?
Heck, is success of a blog even defined by higher stat numbers?
Riddle me this…
What came first? The blog or the numbers?
The desire to blog for the sake of blogging, or the necessity to blog out of upkeep?
I don’t know.
The successful blogger does read their stats but it’s what they do with those numbers that matters. Sometimes I’ll read something or see something and think hey, this might be interesting for my readers to read, but then I stop myself and wonder more importantly if it’s something that I’d be interested in writing about, in talking about, in ranting about.
If the second doesn’t apply then the first will almost always fall short. This is something I’ve actually noticed with some blogs; the topic is a lot of shit stirring but you can tell the blogger doesn’t really care for the topic in the first place.
All that being said: this wasn’t a post designed with a laid out plan; an intro, a body and a conclusion. It’s just something I noticed lately and felt like ranting on about on a Sunday morning (when I should be working).