Blogging Observations

Since the day I moved to WordPress and started getting more comments and hits [Thanks unofficial WP ambassadors πŸ™‚ ] , I expanded my blog surfing and came across many types of posts, blogs, bloggers, readers and commenters. I also made some observations regarding all of these which made ponder over a few things. These are some of my observations regarding the blogosphere.

# Tags are narcissistic. Every other tag has a question asking what do you think about the person who tagged you. For example “List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you” in this tag or “One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?” in this one. Notice the words good and nice!! As if forcing one to praise the one who tagged you. I firmly believe whoever included these questions in tags was just looking for some praise and compliments. πŸ˜›

# Tags are intrusion to privacy. Starting from food habits to choice in music, brands one uses to real deep questions everyone wants to know more and more, which the blogger may be reluctant or reserved to share with them.

# The feed reader count is injurious to health. It could lead to depression and tension. If you see in my blog’s sidebar there is this box which shows how many people read my blog’s feed. When I was earlier at Blogspot, the sudden dropping of feed readers in the count box made me finally shift to WordPress. Here also, for many days I had 0 then 1 reader. Then suddenly 3 and then again in next two days back to 1. Now there are 5. Firstly I think there is some error in that widget as the number had dropped from 19 to 14 in one day back on Blogspot. Secondly no matter how much wise old bloggers console & advise me, a drop makes me wonder (even if for just 5 mins) that what didn’t the unknown readers like that they unsubscribed to my blog’s feed. 😦

# Hiatus. I have come across many bloggers who take a break from blogging due to various reasons. And its not always the bloggers who have been blogging since a long time. Sometimes the reason is stress, sometimes negligence of other important stuff in their lives, sometimes studies in case of the young bloggers, sometimes an inner calling to the extent of even deleting one’s blog, sometimes some personal reason, sometimes mockery by a fake blogger and sometimes the lack of electricity/internet !! I don’t see myself taking a break anytime in near future. 😈 I’m here to stay guys and girls. Huuhahaha!!! :mrgreen:

# Weekend drop. No I’m not talking about the drop in Sensex. Its the drop in comments by readers every weekend. Earlier I have raved and ranted a lot about this and even analyzed the comment psychology with flowcharts!! But nowadays I manage to get atleast 5 comments even on Sundays. Guess I have now got promoted from a new blogger on the street status. πŸ™‚

# Spam comments. I dont mean the comments with irrelevant links of casinos and porn. I mean the weird comments a blogger gets on some posts. I get to read them on my feedreader and some of them make me think what sort of people write such comments? An example is this post in my blogosphere.

# Lurking at blogs. This is something we all do. Also even if we are regular readers, sometimes we choose not to comment out of various reasons. And sometimes some readers don’t even read. This post captures the psychology of a lurker aptly.

So all you lurkers, lazy readers, non commenters and in general bloggers I’m watching you!! Start commenting.

62 thoughts on “Blogging Observations

  1. Tags are healthy! The fact that bloggers are revealing more and more about themselves (who knows if its true or not?) tells us that people are getting more comfortable online, and feel that sharing a few favorite food items and a few good books with fellow bloggers won’t mean sharing their bank account number and that they are well within their private space… πŸ˜›
    Not all tags ask us to praise the person who tagged us. Now, as a courtesy, we always thank the person who tagged us and taking this courtesy a bit further and talking about that person doesn’t do any harm, because it will tell that person what you think of her/him from reading her/his blogs, since you don’t know her/him personally! πŸ˜€

    Speaking of narcissism, this seems to be quite a fairly researched, comprehensive attempt at getting more and more comments! πŸ˜€
    The fact that you’ve got like a million links to other blogs will definitely increase the number of readers… Good job! I like it!! πŸ˜€
    But seriously, I hate those lurkers too! And to avoid this tension, I do not have feed readers installed! My blog stats and WP hit counter are good enough for me…
    I ain’t a lurker! Take my word for it! πŸ˜€
    (PS: The last two sentences are not to be mistaken for narcissism!) πŸ˜›

  2. And I have to thank you for sharing your beautiful countenance with the whole world! I wish there was some way I could take a screen shot of this pic, print it out, frame it and hang it up on my wall…
    Oh wait, I can do that! πŸ˜€

    This is for you! πŸ˜€

  3. i am happy that u found wordpress good for u..
    how do rate it vs blogspot anyway ??? πŸ˜›

    TAgs ..well i love them. makes one aware of the habits followed by fellow bloggers..
    I hardly look at my feed burner status ..
    i dont know how many i have… πŸ˜›
    but once i check google reader it was 15 . πŸ˜›
    anyway you have many regular readers who might not have subscribed you.. because in my case i know mnay who never use subscriber but they read mmy posts .. πŸ™‚

  4. lol nice observations…Wp is better…my hits in blogger took such a bad hit,that i moved here πŸ™‚ and as for feed readers,i prefer seeing the goolge reader thing πŸ™‚ at present have 15 πŸ™‚

  5. Reema:

    I notice in the ‘intrusion to privacy’ description, two of the four tags you refer were introduced by me, to this group of bloggers (by this group, I mean people who are on your blogroll and some of whom also read my blog). Those were the ‘foodie meme’ and the ‘brands tag’. Both came to me from some other friends of mine who are not part of ‘this group’. In defence of those tags, I have to say that at least they were innovative and creative (compared to many other tags floating around) even if they appear intrusive to some.

    If tags are intrusions to privacy, I would say bloggers are only too keen to reveal. I wonder if it says more about the bloggers than it does about tags! I have managed to avoid most tags preferring only those that speak to my interests (food, consumer psychology, writing) rather than to my ego. It is of course entirely possible to do a tag and reveal sweet FA. That requires more creativity than creators of most tags have assumed. πŸ™‚

    Long discourse over, I think sometimes lurking is good. I read a lot of blogs where I know the blogger’s ideology/ politics/ preferences to be the polar opposite of mine. Since it is not always necessary to engage to sharpen one’s own point, lurking is a reasonable strategy. As you know, strategies are specific to situations. Ergo, appropriate in this case and possibly in many others.

    @ Nikhil: If I had to find one word for your 2nd comment above, it would have to do something with “corn” (and I know you have the SOH to deal with this). πŸ˜‰

  6. @Shefaly
    Yes, I unfortunately do have the SOH to deal with it in a dignified way, because a lot of things I do happen to be related to “corn”… πŸ˜€
    Unlike some other people we know (wink wink) I try not to lose my temper and usually laugh along at my own corny ineptitude! πŸ˜€

  7. Good one Reema…..I thought about dleting as I was going through a depressing phase in life..and now I am my perky fruity self..
    But yes..quite observant post by you…

  8. @Nikhil //Not all tags ask us to praise the person who tagged us// I didnt mean all tags. i’m sorry if I sounded speaking in a generalised way. Well I wasnt being narcissistic in my post and just shared my thoughts regarding blogosphere, but thanks anyway!! πŸ™‚ As for sharing information, its not essential that only bank account number genre things are private. Some people may just be reluctant to share anything at all!!! Depends on person to person. I dont hate lurkers..but just want the ones of my blog to stop doing that and become active πŸ™‚ I’m also thinking of removing the feed reader count box.As for the compliment…thank u.nice song.

    @Arvind Its definitely better than blogspot πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ yes that may be there that regular readers dont subscribe.

    @Vishesh Thanks! Looks like I have to try google reader.

  9. @Shefaly As I said to Nikhil, not all bloggers may be too keen to reveal. But the fact that I have linked these 3 (except mine ofcourse) because they were so nicely done that they caught my eye and I remembered them to use them later on. But whether the bloggers enjoyed doing it depends on person to person.

    @Arvind Aarrghhh nooooo!! Here I’m talking about tags being this and that and u go on and tag me? πŸ™‚

    @Leafless Welcome to my blog!! yes thats a fact. There must be many readers who dont read to all the blogs they have subscribed or blogrolled. Keep visiting!!

    @Sulz Awww πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    @Nikhil I’m fine.

    @Mahak Thanks dear!!

  10. @Reems : Good that u wont be hibernating.

    I started with a stupid blog in blogger with some jokes and silly stuff… that was a bad experience… i hated blogging for sometime because even after doing some part of the marketing, my blog failed. next step was simple… i just deleted it.

    Thanx to Manoj for bringing me here into WP. WP and people here showed me wht blogging actually is… The first blog post i wrote titled ‘being single’ was written out of heavy depression… it was such a relief to have expressed myself, that i started loving blogging…
    coming to tags… i think it depends upon individuals… doing or ditching the tag is upto you and in any case u can define the limit to wch ur tag reveals abt urself…

    One big advantage of blogging that i’ve had is that i resurrected my English skills πŸ˜€ (save the comments)

  11. lol …
    my post was in drafts .. so couldn’t help but to post with ..
    ok for a change u can write one negetive point about me .. πŸ˜›

    By the way… there are very few tags which asks one to praise the blogger who tagged you.. πŸ˜‰

  12. I am scared. The way you are staring at me reminds me of the ghost in “The Grudge”. πŸ˜›
    Tags are personal but its up to you to do them or not. And its ok to give bits and pieces of yourself on your blog. But, yes, you must know where to draw a line. And, yes, there is a drop in weekends. So its better that you don’t post in weekends but just write them and keep them in the draft.

  13. I think regarding intrusion to privacy, I go by what Shefaly wrote..that bloggers are themselves too keen to reveal.
    When I write something in my blog or even comment with my wordpress id, Iam fully aware of it’s repurcussions including various ways that my views and comments could be intrepreted..
    I think it’s pretty straight; If you dont want to reveal something, no tag or inviting comment can force you to do so…

  14. I never got a tag where I had to say something nice about the person who tagged me. And more than being narcissist, I think such tags make a very baseless assumption that the taggee knows the tagger personally. I have never met or even seen the face of 90% of my readers (it is a small number, though)
    I like tags, more so because they force me to post something !! And I don’t think it is harmful in any way to say that you like chocolate (or whatever). Of course, you can always hold yourself back πŸ™‚
    When I started, low number of comments used to bother me but not anymore although more comments are always welcome.
    I get a total of 5 comments on a post so I surrender in this case πŸ˜›
    And there are bloggers who don’t reply to comments. I don’t like this and I don’t care how busy they say they are but if you can post, you can reply to the comments. I read their posts but I don’t comment when I know they won’t reply back.
    Anyway… that’s just me πŸ™‚

  15. interesting observations!

    The feedburner count does fluctuate a lot. Even i have wondered what is going on. Generally it doesnt mean people unsubscribing from your blog, but i believe it is automated bots or something.

    And the weekend drop was something that surprised me too. You would think that people have more time over weekends, but apparently most of the blog reading happens over weekdays!

  16. Reema, about tags which elicit personal information, it is possible to always evade some question or the other. πŸ™‚
    About feedburner, I never checked ever what my feed is! We used to have feeds stats at WP earlier but they are gone now.
    About blogs, I’ve heard that most people stop regular posting after a year or so. Its sad, and I hope you fulfill your promise and continue to post!
    About weekends people go out I think and read blogs less. Well, that is what I do. My commenting comes down drastically. Although no hard and fast rule.
    Also, I have many lurkers on my blog but I don’t mind that. Its up to them to reveal themselves. At times someone who has been reading my blog for a year or so will suddenly send me an email telling me so and thats okay by me. I don’t think lurkers are lazy at all. I think they could be shy and at times are reluctant to think up a nickname. They always write to me an email under their own name.
    About comments, when I started blogging I hardly got comments for at least 6 months and even then there were few. Now that i look back I am relieved that I didn’t know that I was supposed to get comments! I was so new to this blogging thing that I had no idea about this whole thing! I didn’t even know I was supposed to reply to comments! πŸ™‚ In fact one week before I started blogging I asked a friend in my writers group. “Blog?? Whats that??”
    She told me its this thing where you just write what you want. Thats all she told me! I discovered other stuff slowly.

  17. Hey reema,
    I fall into one of your observations i guess :)..well kya kare shaadi ke baad sow jimmedaariyan hoti hain..iss wajah se kabhi kabhi jo aapko pasand hai unko thoda pause karna padta hai πŸ˜€

  18. @Harshasrisri I wont be hibernating in NEAR future :)Good that u resumed blogging.Dont again delete ur blog ok?

    @Vishesh How did u know that? Where do i get to see that in google reader?

    @Arvind yes of course. As I said earlier, I should have specified there are SOME tags.

    @Amit OMG!!! Me and a ghost!! πŸ˜› yes I think I’ll stop posting on weekends. That way I wont run out of posts too! πŸ˜€

    @Dev yes of course that is there. One always has the freedom to whether answer a question or not!

  19. @Adarsh I guess the questions requires us to answer them on the basis of our interpretations of the tagger by his/her blog.I’m also like u in that matter. There are some bloggers whose blogs I liked very much and commented on each n every post but no reply from them discouraged me and now i just lurk there πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @AD Thanks! yes I had also thought the same but I think most adult people blog from comp/internet at work [ πŸ˜€ ]and also they go out in weekends or stay away from blogging voluntarily on weekends. Hence the drop.

    @Nita Ahh I too hope I’ll be able to post regularly. πŸ™‚ I m myself a lurker at some blogs. I was just trying to encourage the lurkers of my blog to reveal themselves :)I guess thats a disadvantage of starting to blog when its a craze!!

    @Nikhil nice quote. πŸ™‚

    @Swathi I understand. :)I was going to link u under “some vanish without any reason” but u came back before i posted. πŸ˜€

  20. I loved your observation regarding tags..I do wonder if those who made tags are looking for praise..and you have to admit that if you tag anyone then you are looking forward to see what nice things he/she says about you

  21. a keen observer indeed. well so far i have not come across anything like that. how can you imagine people deleting their blogs …when you invest so much of time in something so beneficial ….its like cutting out from the rest of the world. 😦
    but i am too here to stay! so you too start commenting πŸ™‚

  22. A good observation πŸ™‚

    yup…weekend blues….

    people are busy actually with themselves πŸ™‚

    For tag even I consider…intrusion in ur domain πŸ˜‰

  23. Its a good post, as usual1 and when u say that u see decrease in the traffic on sunday, its prolly people give more time to family.

    i came across a good article in the latest Reader’s digest on “get a grip on your life”! Go throughit. u may like it and prolly can write a whole new post on it! πŸ™‚

  24. see i didnt comment on sunday πŸ™‚ i was taking time off the computer and was having real converstion with family and friends! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ we all oughta do that!

  25. Traffic to my blog too decreases over weekend. Perhaps most people read blogs at work. πŸ™‚

    I agree with Shefaly, bloggers have a choice to do a tag. So if they do it, they are willing to share their private thoughts. In fact, some of the tags were thought-provoking to me, I had never pondered those questions before, answers maybe personal, but I did go ahead and write about it if I was comfortable sharing.

    Thanks for the pingback to meme queen’s meme.

  26. @Reems : Ok! i’ll take your word for it.
    Actually i was serious abt commenting on ‘Motherhood…’ and had written a fair deal… but there was a power cut and Firefox could not recover the session… 😦 and i’m not able to think on the same lines again… 😦

  27. @Sandeep (alias Joey) Giggle giggle I’m fine. Thanks for commenting on sunday πŸ˜›

    @Lubna Welcome to my blog!! Thanks!! yes we all look forward to replies of the people we have tagged to such questions :)Keep visiting!

    @Arpit Thanks!! When people can end their lives in a moment’s madness then whats deleting a blog!! I’ll surely comment on ur blog dear if u would just give the url.U dont type the url of ur blog while commenting πŸ™‚

  28. 1. Talking about tags, ohh I am not talking about them, I too lazy to do them.

    2. Talking about Privacy, its individuals choice to control amount of info he/she/it reveals.

    3. Good to read all the comments above!!!

    4. I agree some people don’t even bother to visit back. I know someone whom I see at nearly everyone’s blog on my blogroll except mine πŸ˜€ Don’t ask who!!!

    5. I don’t believe on Feed Count gadget. I am your subscriber from first day I discovered your blog.

    6. I am feeling like I am answering science que paper while typing things point by point πŸ˜€

    7. I am out of points

    8. One more, Nikhil is mad(still he is more sane than me)

    9. You are NOT looking good in the photo, you must be awakened from deep sleep before this snap.

    10. Well, looking again, snap is not that bad, but it would look nice if you wear something on your right hand πŸ™‚


  29. @Ashish :O Didnt u say u were on a hiatus? Ohh forgive me my emperor!! Iss kaneez se khata ho gayi.

    @Chakoli Thanks!! πŸ™‚

    @Sakhi Thanks! yes of course. That may be the case. What was the article about?

    @Poonam yes I strongly blogging is restricted to work days πŸ˜› πŸ˜› yes ofcourse the choice always lies with the “tagee” πŸ˜€

  30. @Harshsrisri Ohhh!! Are u sure u shut down without closing FF? cuz in that case only FF recovers session. Sorry to have missed ur precious comment.

    @Suda yes u have no right to talk about tags. πŸ˜› How many have u pending?? πŸ˜› Have u commented on that person’s blog? Thanks for being my subscriber from day one. I’m not looking good? HUH πŸ˜› πŸ˜› The camera was good u know. Mobile camera. What should I wear? Bangles or Ring? πŸ˜› I like neither. πŸ˜€

  31. The article is on the gadgets we use these days, emails and text messages and the stuff. U might like to read. I am unable to get its link or else would have written it here! πŸ™‚

  32. Hey thats a pretty pic Reems πŸ™‚ And very nice observations πŸ™‚ Were u writing this blog during the lecture by any chance? πŸ˜‰

  33. I must monitor you folks. The moment I’m on hiatus, the bitching starts. πŸ˜›

    Not all tags are bad, just that they loose their fun if done in excess. πŸ™‚

  34. @Sakhi Ok I will check it out in college library. πŸ™‚

    @Nova Thanks!! πŸ˜€ No no this I wrote in leisure πŸ™‚

    @Ashish When the cat is away, rats play the fiddle.

    @Nikhil Awww no dear not at all!! πŸ˜€

  35. // So all you lurkers, lazy readers, non commenters and in general bloggers I’m watching you!! Start commenting. //

    OMG.. dhamki de rahien haien… comment karo bhai.. πŸ˜›

    And BTW glad that you liked wordpress πŸ™‚

  36. @Joel Saam Daam Dand Bhed πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Incase u dont know :-
    Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed
    These are four policies which helps to a person to be successful in his job. Saam means influencing. One can take work by influencing somebody. Or Daam; Daam means money. One can take work by giving money. Or Dand, Dand means punishment. One can take work byu punishing somebody. Or Bhed, Bhed means dividing. One can be successful in his work by dividing people – “Divide and rule”.
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  37. “Firstly I think there is some error in that widget as the number had dropped from 19 to 14 in one day back on Blogspot.”
    – Feedburner shows the number of subscribers that have used their feedreaders to reach your blog on that day. So if there were 5 readers out of your total 19 who didn’t open their feed reader on that day, your count will drop by 5. This is a crazy feature rather than a bug, because it is difficult to track feed subscriptions without getting a read hit from the feed reader.

  38. @Dinesh Welcome to my blog! Oh is that so? Thanks for the info. I didnt know that. Keep visting!

    @Bhavana LOL πŸ˜€ Reema is watching all of you bloggers πŸ˜›

  39. Very interesting and apt analysis.

    I cannot say much about tags as, I fortunately or unfortunately I have never been tagged.

    Yes the feed count, when it goes down is very depressive.

    Weekend visits to the blog is often less, i guess because people tend to go out/ or spend time with the family rather than reading blogs.

    Your analysis proves that I am still a new blogger on the street.

  40. Apparently, this post has drowned among your newer posts. But, i did make it a point to observe the weekend drops in commenting and so, it has been nearly 4 weekends for me to come up with my view!
    I think quite a few people here are employed and make up for the tired weekdays’ work by relaxing at home at weekends. Even if you are connected to the world thru internet from your home, i guess it feels really nice and fun to escape boss’ notice and browse from office. πŸ˜€
    What say u!?!

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