WordPress has changed bit since my last blogographic death march. There’s a sort of main page where you have a Facebook-style newsfeed. You follow other bloggers like on Twitter, and you click “like” on posts, and you can reblog them – which I guess is like retweeting, I haven’t tried it yet, freaks me out a little bit.
They’ve always had some of these features, but I could swear the newsfeed is new, and I like it because not that many people on Facebook are up for reading a blog at any given time, whereas for the most part, everybody on the WordPress newsfeed is pretty much here for the blogs. Now, right off the bat I can see how that creates the sort of self-spamming environment that turned me off of Twitter, but I guess it’s pretty much going to be whatever the user allows it to be.
So I’m going to approach it very carefully. On Twitter, it’s easy to blast up into the thousands of follows, just by seeking and following any of millions of folks out there who will follow you back as long as you follow them. Nice, but what you’ve got are thousands of followers who are going to ignore you.
I’m going to pick about six or seven blogs per week, and I’m going to follow them. A couple of times a week, I’ll post about the ones I like the most. My requirements are not going to be particularly strict – I want a wide variety of topics, and I only want to read non-cringeworthy writing. Nobody gets to get mad if I click their blog and then don’t follow it, and don’t make me hang up a sign.
Naturally, since all that’s going to take some time, you’re going to have to come with me. We’ll start by sorting through the bloggers who have liked my posts and checking them out. I’m not going to say anything bad about anyone, I’ll just post here the first three or four that I really like.
Okay, the first one I click on is called Kendall F. Person, The Public Blogger. I read a post called The Hypnotizing of Loyalty which I found interesting. It’s LONG and I read the whole thing – that’s saying something. I hit the gong pretty quickly when it comes to reading. He’s got a sort of macaroni and cheese conspiracy thing going on there (among MANY other things) and refers to consumers as zombies. Okeedokee, hop in my newsfeed. But I don’t think that’s his real name, do you?
Which reminds me, in my search I discover very quickly that there’s a spam angle to this newsfeed thing just as clearly as there is anyplace else. Obviously some of these folks don’t like my blog at all, they’ve just put up a few random posts and now they’re running around following as many people as they can, hoping to get as many followbacks as possible. Mr. Person, for example – using a possible pseudonym makes sense to me, that doesn’t make him a marketing spammer. But he could be collecting followers with just a couple of interesting posts.
We’ll keep our eye on this mysterious Mr. Person. But we won’t directly say anything to him, we’ll just weirdly, vaguely, sideways allude to the possibility that he’s up to something we don’t understand, that way if he is, he won’t think we’re suckers.
Awesome.Then the next one I click, I’m blindsided by some kind of art blog. For some reason, I had forgotten that artists had blogs, too. Check out this guy – DGAF. The first post I click on is a paragraph and a cool piece of art: Black Pyramids With The Gold Sand. Then I click on this one – which I’m not going to describe – called The Real Robin…And Batman. Sealed the deal for me, go over and look at that and presto, you’ve got a new blog to follow. Let me go figure out what his real name is – Huh. It doesn’t say. Under the about section it tells me only this:
“The official blog for Radikal Nation and honestly….we don’t give a fuck.”
Great blog description? Or greatest blog description ever?
I guess that’s where the name DGAF comes from. See, I’m getting’ it. I’m cool. Nothing gets by me.
Okay and then there’s this one, Robakers is all it’s called. A lean blog, no bells, no whistles, but he’s telling detailed stories about being a pilot – and I mean DETAILED. Long, but interesting so I’ll take that one, too. I also like how simple it is – I’ve seen some of these things so busy they’re hard to look at. This guy says, here’s the story, read it or don’t.
Cool, that’s three for the day. I actually ended up following more than just the three, seems like I do need to fill up the newsfeed a little. I was surprised to find that there are whole blogs that are basically like Dear Penthouse letters – I mean, knock yourself out, just struck me as odd. I’m probably not going to feature your sex blog, but seriously – it’s good to know you’re out there, keeping the tradition alive.
Off to have a decent Sunday, by all means do the same.