For All of You Potential Bloggers…

Needless to say the resurrection of snoozebutton has taught me quite a bit about the blogging world both in terms of technology, protocols, and etiquette; sorry but I just can’t bring myself to use the word netiquette ;)

First there is the whole technology component: How does one set up a system that fulfills what appear to be mutally exclusive requirements: that it’s easy enough to use so that we end up using it, and that is flexible and extensible enough to do some fun things with? Thankfully after exhaustive research and trial and error installs i discovered the wonder that is WordPress.

Then there is the question of content. Since snoozebutton isn’t a content aggregator our content situation can be summed up with three words: write, write and write. Well, ok, i can expand on that a bit: read/watch/listen/eat/experience, write, write, write…

Finally, what I’ve learned much about and am continuing to learn about is the whole “being validated” phenomenon. Basically this is a two-tiered system: first we all have a relationship with Google, that is we all seek validation for our voices if not our existences by what is currently the single most important tastemaker (i’d like to meet one person out there who publishes anything and doesn’t go look at their google ranking); and second there is the interaction between people who maintain their own online voices: how can we spread our words to as many people as possible? Why else write if not to be heard right? So i had a conversation with my old friend Jonathan about this and he has written a nice piece on the interaction between those of us that choose to have an online presence called maintaining the dialogue that explains some of the mechanisms that are in place to better our interactions…

There are a variety of ways for blogs to communicate and even publish information with simple protocols in semi-automated as well as manual ways. The great thing is that they all offer ways to let the original author/poster know you thought what was said was worthwhile. As I am sure I’ve mentioned previously I am not a developer so the definitions and interpretations are purely from a user perspective. I am far from an expert on these topics, but was thinking about how it all works and truly find it intriguing. One of the more fascinating things about maintaining a blog is checking your traffic patterns and discovering how people are finding you – and then what they might be saying about you.
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