Since the day I moved to WordPress and started getting more comments and hits [Thanks unofficial WP ambassadors 🙂 ] , 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. 😛
# 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!!!
# 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. 🙂
# 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.