Top 69 reasons why blogging is stupid!

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.


4 Responses to Top 69 reasons why blogging is stupid!

  1. thearistocraticrebel says:

    About the ‘fish post’

    The reason, I believe, it has become so popular is because the image carries it. Take the words, leave the image. The resonance remains. True congratulations should go to the person holding the camera, for that was a truly remarkable shot.

  2. Tom Prete says:

    thearistocraticrebel, thanks for your comment. I’ve seen a lot of good news photos, not just as a consumer of news but as a newspaper editor. That shot was fine, but not “truly remarkable.” The photographer’s biggest accomplishment was being in the right place at the right time, followed by competently focusing the camera. However, I think you’re right about the photo being the big deal, not the words. Those words aren’t any better than the nutritional information on a box of cereal, and they weren’t intended to be. But few people are ever going to see something like those fish stuck in the fence. The *subject* of the photo is what carries it.

  3. Ria says:

    Blogging is VERY narcissistic. If you sat down in person with someone and blabbed on and on the same way people do in blogs, people would not want that much info about your personal thoughts, and would think you terribly self centered and boring. Get a clue bloggers, no one wants THAT much info from you!

  4. Gordon says:

    I don’t get it. Why are people interested in the opinions of strangers? Especially non-expert strangers. Just people with opinions and the ego that makes them believe others care about their opinions.

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