Friday, April 11, 2008

Blog habits and attitudes that I don't understand

Announcing a blog hiatus

Why the hell for? I don't see the point. Announcing a blog hiatus is unnecessary. If you cannot blog because you are about to enter a jungle and there isn't any internet access, so be it. If readers did not see any update, they will click off and return at another time. Is it because you are afraid to lose traffic? A blog is ultimately judged by its past contents, you will lose traffic if you posted crap materials, you don't lose readers by going to a blogging-free holiday. So you wanna inform your advertisers not to give you anymore jobs? Very noble, but very stupid. Let the advertisers use your blog-skin regardless, you don't have to put them off by telling them you won't be updating for weeks. Oh, so you think you will disappoint your readers if you didn't inform them about your leave? You just have to pre-warn them about lack of updates so they can make necessary life arrangement to cope with your absence? Come on. If you start to think like that, you really ought to take a holiday.

"I'm too big for non-automated blog aggregators like INNIT, Petaling Street, etc"

It's ok if you are hitting more than 1000 uniques a day. I am referring to bloggers with peanut size audience who avoid aggregators because they think pinging others is really a function reserved for small-timers. If you have less than 1000 a day, you are a small timer. (And it's also ok to big-up your blog on these aggregators, if you don't do it, don't expect others to do it for you.)

"Bloggers are arrogant and narcissistic lot. I am different."

Are you different because you have special requirement or are you different because you are rubbish? I don't like it when fellow blogger slag others off for being too arrogant, too lansi and too narcissitic. A blog is someone's personal space, it just so happen to be on the world wide web and you happen to be reading it. You don't accuse people of being too narcissistic if you see them grooming themselves in the mirror, so the same etiquette should apply here .

"I have a secret blog and I don't want people to know about it."

Why not just WORD 97-save as-.doc file-hard disk and lock the bedroom door?

Having an inter-stellar blog war

Please meet somewhere and have a proper fist fight. Otherwise, make love not war.

(Have a good weekend peeps. If I finish work early, I'll probably see some of you this evening at the special screening of The Kite Runner.)

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Blogger yapthomas said...


"(5) Having an inter-stellar blog war "

me likey :P

I want to go for Kite Runner too!! :P

April 11, 2008 11:53 AM  
Anonymous 3POINT8 said...

point#5.... I have a valid reason to prove why this is necessary.
Some believe that The role of blog war the Net's way of regulating itself. Cyberspace has evolved with no central authority and therefore no way of enforcing "netiquette" or the normal conventions for proper behavior. The responsibility for correct conduct therefore falls upon the individual. As a result, certain individuals have taken it upon themselves to start a war with others who violate group norms.
More details here @ 3POINT8

Convinced yet?

April 11, 2008 4:52 PM  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

hey, i'm goin for the kite runner too .... hope to see u there too if i can recall how u look like

April 11, 2008 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Announcing a blog hiatus or telling your readers that you are away is a form of courtesy and manners. You don't take leave / absent from work without telling your boss, right? For people who constantly update on daily basis and then suddenly go quiet for 1 week, readers will be curious. Just a notice, no harm.

2) Depending on how serious a traffic whore you are. Pinging blog aggregators is very subjective. I do ping PPS, but I only receive roughly 13 clicks only unless one wants to twist the title so much to attract readers to read something totally unrelated to the title, then I have nothing to say.

April 11, 2008 5:26 PM  
Blogger pinksterz said...

on number #1:
haha well IMO it is okay to announce a hiatus so that the readers know and wont go asking why and stuff. and not all of us know how to use and subscribe to feeds. i also baru belajar how to use feeds :)

on number #4:
well it is their wish right? i have a public blog and i do have a secret one too so that err..i can totally bitch about some people and bloggers and not get flamed!

on number #5:
admit it: WHO DOESNT LOVE BLOG WAR? but please lah don't pakat pakat. that is kinda lame IMO (sorry tombelina aka yap thomas, we are still fren aight? :D)

April 11, 2008 9:24 PM  
Blogger joshuaongys said...

well i can understand why u said so and state out what some bloggers does.. haha i won't comment anything on that.. afterall everyone have freedom to do what they like =) and yes, this is a good post that is worth reading!

April 11, 2008 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

think u're rite... I blog when i like, only when I wan to... No reason to leave a note to say I'll be away...
Janelle - **

April 11, 2008 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahaha number 4 is classic. I always see these sidebar links I click on and it says 'open to invited readers only' -__-

April 12, 2008 1:56 PM  
Blogger naeboo~ said...

anything less than 5-8k uniques is still small la. diao

April 13, 2008 3:44 AM  

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