March 22, 2006


Why am I up until nearly 2:00 blogging and talking about people needing people being the luckiest people in the world when 400 of you folks don't even need me enough to leave a comment now and then.

Okay I will state for the record that you faithful few who brave Blogger's fucking captcha thingy deserve EXTRA credit, which is why I'm going to write my best stuff just for you and not let the others see it.

Somehow. I haven't figured that out yet.

And what really pisses me off is the downright LAZINESS that has overtaken the blogosphere thanks to innovations like RSS. Right, the folks who USED TO BE pivot points for conversation aren't even IN the Technorati Top 100 anymore and do you know why that is? It's because blog readers have become content johns. That's right, they are addicts jonsing for some of that sweet hot content, and the fastest way for them to get it is to open up that big fat aggregator and feed read.

You know what happens to blogs when all you do is feed off their feeds, but you never click through and you never link and you never comment? THOSE BLOGS FALL DOWN GO BOOM. And the people you are forgetting to talk to are some of the hardest working bloggers in blog business. Working their asses off so you can save yourself the trouble of clicking a damn mouse. You'd rather read them in an ugly scrolling window. That's like coming over for dinner and eating in the front yard.

What's the matter with us? We have to get out and WALK the blog neighborhood. Everyone reading this post, please make sure that you have a blogroll. Sure, I can't tell you what to do, but Blogrolls are the antidote to RSS and aggregators. Bring back our conversation nodes, our watering holes, our double wides. Bring back our summer-time Christmas lights and nativity scenes.

Please. I am not writing posts for you to read; I AM TALKING TO YOU.

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Nick said...

Whoa! I read you in my aggregator AND I leave comments. See? Even at 2am Atlanta time.

Phil Ringnalda said...

You know, you're right.

I think back in the day, I read about thirty blogs. Please go through my subscription list, and choose the 438 people whose writing I should completely ignore.

(When was the last time I left a comment on one of your posts that didn't sound like I typed it with my toes, because I needed both hands free to wrap around your throat?)

Anonymous said...

I'm so awkward with those damn aggregators. Which is why I have such a hissy relationship with To say nothing to the hissy relationship with myself when I procras--- uh, find it worthwhile to keep clicking the list again.

I LIKE coming to your green space, I LIKE the pale tan and blue of dangerousmeta. And so on... I find myself w/ much more skimmy habits, shorter surf times, oh I give up (and move on) when I use an aggregator. Don't know why. Don't like it.

But oh yes, you betcha, I make sure that my stuff is readable in one of them. Like, for instance, on my new site (click link for my name). Just got the podcast feed working. Now I gotta post a link to it and all that stuff.

Jeneane Sessum said...

phil what's your address?

misterorange said...

Hey dear, I'm still reading. And I do feel the lack-o-feedback pain. It's just something you have to either write through or give up on, it seems.

And we really need a better way to track comment conversations. CoComment seems so blah to me.

Jeneane Sessum said...

Hello Hello everyone!!! HI! Mr. Orange, yes I agree I could not fathom co-commenting - do not get it. i don't want to co anything i want you to talk to me because i'm very needy right now. Co-Commenting sounds like something you go into recovery for. ok. thank you.

Maybe we could have aggregator blackout days. ha ha.

Anonymous said...

I love reading you and I'll never stop.

Jeneane Sessum said...

Thanks George!

Anonymous said...

content johns exists, because "content is king"

as for the lack of comments, maybe thats not a bad thing, think of it, comments are only sent when people feel like its worth it, so you dont get crappy, meaningless comments like "LOL" or "Me 2",

perhaps if there was a standard way of adding comemnts to a page, then the aggregators could have a "add a commebt" box,

but everyone implements that in a different way, to avoid spam, unformtunately, spam finds its way trough, even at the current etherogeneous situation of the blogosphere.


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Anonymous said...

Information addicition... more and more, faster and faster. You're probably just seeing a new group of people coming to realize that blogs exist. I've been reading for years and only recently have managed to bang one together myself, but to this day I still persue the same authors and can't deal with the deluge I get from aggregators.

So, how do you stand out, and attract this type of person?

... not sure myself ...

Audrey said...

I'm not a regular reader of your blog, but I peek in every so often (this time because I saw a link to this post on Burningbird).

I don't think feed aggregators have to be antisocial tools. I use mine to keep track of news content I probably wouldn't comment on, as well as personal blogs, and I don't think it's a barrier to checking out the posts on the actual site when I want to comment or see other peoples' responses or even just view a post with the original formatting on the page.

All content online suffers from a higher number of lurkers than participants. The more readers, the bigger that lurker pool gets. But that doesn't have to mean a dwindling community of participants--the more readers, the more people who might stop in and comment, too.

vegreville said...

I follow you in RSS. I would comment, but I can never think of anything to say. I learn interesting stuff from reading you, though.

I think that I found you from a comment you made at the bus blog.


Phil Ringnalda said...

My aggregator address?

My physical address, so you can come throttle me? I was actually born in March, but not yesterday ;)

Anonymous said...

What, you talkin to me?

I read you in an aggregator and I like you ugly. Heheh.

Richard said...

I learned how to use RSS only a week ago -- I'm basically a moron and although I'd heard a lot about aggregators, I didn't really understand what they were until I read a library book about blogs that explained things to me.

So I set up about 35 blogs I read -- mostly litblogs, as I'm a writer -- on Bloglines, and for the last week, I've been reading the posts that way.

It's convenient, but it's not quite the same experience. I don't have the feeling of visiting in someone else's "house" is the best way I know to put it.

Kingsley Joseph said...

I'm a lazy aggregator person who found you because I aggregate compulsively. Aggregation is not just to keep track of content - it is also to find new stuff.

I realized recently that half my traffic was from aggregators, which is flattering to me, because people care enough to receive a steady stream of crap from me. I immediately sent the feed packing to feedburner so I could get to know them better. I am wiser for it now.

Jeneane Sessum said...

Kingsley--explain how you do this--> how you use your aggregator to find new people. Maybe I'm just using mine wrong. I use Bloglines.

Richard, welcome home.

Robert, yah you. heh.

Phil, your house. smart guy. ;-)

Vegreville, you just did. :-)

more soon...

Anonymous said...

I've become an aggregator person lately, but I'm not lazy. I feel like I can browse a lot more blogs than I did in the same amount of time, and yet I don't feel like I'm less active. If there's an entry I wanna comment on, I'll do so whether it's from a feed reader or directly on the blog. The only downside is that I might miss interesting comments on entries I wouldn't usually comment on had I not read that spesific comment.

I agree with you in regards to the direction in which we're headed, but it's still a bit exaggerated.

Anonymous said...

Last week we started an activity here that does little else but read a few blogs and share some interesting links and then learn to use an aggregator. Yes, for some people it doesn't come naturally, some people find it hard to manage some blog visits . . .

I thought aggregators were good. :-) They save us a bit of time. So what if a few people end up in the second 150 rather than the first 150. The blogosphere is a cruel place.

Maybe you have exaggerated a little to make a point. I'll think on it.
-Derek C

Anonymous said...

I disagree. I am, as you say, addicted to content, but that hasn't stopped me from exiting the bubble of my aggregator to get involved with said content, when it interests me, or enrages me, or engages me.

Moreover, I feel that my blog's feed has been just about the only way of keeping a steady flow of readers (even if there are only about ten of them) coming to my site, otherwise I'd be stuck with a few arbitrary search hits off Technorati or Google...which would probably have discouraged me to the point of quitting.

RSS and aggregators are just tools, and for me they mean keeping in touch with the huge, flowing, incalculable community that the Web represents, even if that means I occasionally lose touch with a small, close-knit community of fellow bloggers. And, admittedly, that's a matter of preference.

But keep this in mind: I'm commenting on your blog, I'll even link to it, and the only reason I found it in the first place is because my aggregator lets me zoom through the blogosphere fast enough to see a lot more in the hour or so I can spend reading this stuff every day. The blog neighbourhood is too big to walk through.

Anonymous said...

Over in the edublogger community we've been having a similar conversation. Part of the reason I blog is to engage with others. My blog is my outboard brain and it needs feedback to sustain itself.

I have found that many people are unsure of how to engage in an online conversation; they are, to some extent, afraid to put their thoughts out there for others to read.

BTW, I have just started reading your blog and really like your style. Plus you have a pretty cool last name!



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