Ok, blogging isn’t actually stupid. In fact, I like it a lot. But sometimes it really chaps my hide.
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, I used “Press This” — the new instant-post feature on WordPress — for the first time, to post a tiny little picture of two fish and chain link fence, along with a total of 80 words. That post turned out to be my all-time most popular post by a long shot — popular enough that it earned the 69th position on WordPress’ “Blogs of the Day” top 100 posts for that day.
Blogs of the Day for Sept. 16, 2008: wordpress_pretepress_topposts_091608
Now, I don’t have any problem with a massive surge in the popularity of my blog. But what gets me is that I can spend what little time I have (after changing diapers and meeting freelance deadlines) composing a thoughtful analysis of one of the major landmarks in the current U.S. political landscape (even if it turns out later than I was wrong about some of it), and do only a fraction of the hits I get from posting a thumbnail photo of dead fish — although it was nice to see my blog on television. Something is wrong, either with the people who read blogs or with the way I write the posts I think are actually important. I’m inclined to think it’s a little of both, but since I’m in a better position to amend the latter I’ll turn my attention there.
Thus endeth the rant.