Like many bloggers, every now and again I like to get a bit meta, and write a blog post about blogging. Previous examples of mine are An open letter to WordPress, Want to know what it takes to get Freshly Pressed?, Do you suffer from blog envy, Have you lost your blogging mojo lately?, When the real world merges with the blogging world, and The mind blowing world of informal blogging networks. Phew! The current example of one, is this one I’m writing right now, but you knew that right? I give you my latest selected musings on blogging…
Those of us on WordPress, and presumably other blogging platforms too, are often amused by some of the spam comments that make it through to the blog. These comments may praise us for writing such insightful posts, or try to engage us in some way by asking for advice, or offering to help solve some issue they have identified with our blog. One of my favourites was a comment I received congratulating me on how brave I had been for tackling such a controversial issue that many people consider taboo, and how important it is for people to speak more openly about this topic – the post that this comment appeared on was a recipe for quick apple pie that I wrote on my Sugarness blog! I ask you, can you think of anything LESS taboo than an apple pie recipe?
The first to comment
On some of the more popular blogs, there is a certain pleasure to be found in being the first person to comment on a post (come on, admit you, you like it too right?) – you happen to be in the process of blog browsing when – Bazahm! (That’s the noise of a new post arriving) a new post is published by a popular blogger you follow. You know that if you read it really quickly, you might be able to be the first to comment, to secure that coveted top spot on the comment list (you might even beat Carrie if you’re REALLY quick!) – that top spot means that all who come after you will see your comment when they get to the bottom of the post. You quickly write a hilarious comment and submit, there! You’re the first, hurrah!…but wait…what’s this? Noooo!!!! You had forgotten that they are one of those bloggers who have their comment order set in reverse so that new comments always go to the top rather than stacking underneath, and slowly, slowly, your comment gets pushed further down and down…Sigh.
The search terms
This is another source of great amusement for us bloggers. On the stats page we get to see what search terms people entered into search engines that led them to our blog. Usually we can understand how that term led them to us, other times it’s like “What?! Well they’re going to be extremely disappointed if they think they’re going to find anything about THAT here!” Most of the search terms in my blog continue to be about fudge because as you know, I am the wise woman of fudge.
Some search terms that led to my blog in the last month…
– what happens when i put my gooey alien in the fridge
– israel xxl fat kids
– do the people in corfu look like normal people
– is a bushbaby one who clear paths on a safari
– do bears have uvulas?
– do jellyfish have uvulas?
– octopus smoking
– seagull parenting
– if I ask vanessa about my fudge will it go hard
On a different subject, don’t forget you have until Monday to enter for the chance of winning an Amazon gift card on my last post, by playing with Lorna!
What do you have to say about blogging then huh?
Blogging sign – Scott Beale via photopin cc
Funny spam – Joelstuff V4 via photopin cc
Race winning – Mitchell Media via photopin cc
Boy searching – woodleywonderworks via photopin cc