Friday, August 25, 2006

Is the blogosphere a square?

I was bitching to my friend David about how nobody has commented on any of my posts, by which I mostly meant people I know not commenting. Most of the people I've talked to have expressed intent to do so, but nobody has, as of yet, delivered. He pointed out that by reading other blogs and commenting on them, I would generate a sense of community or something and get some people I don't know reading my posts, theoretically commenting and what-not. Since I was hoping that this would be somewhat interactive, I decided to give it a shot.

I tested David's theory by clicking the "Next Blog" link at the top of my own a few times to sally forth into the blogosphere (which I don't think is actually a sphere, or a dumptrucks, but rather a series of tubes) and see what would come up.

Attempt #1: A blog about jars. Some sort of jar celebration. A tribute to jars. I have no strong feelings about jars, so I try again.

Attempt #2: A blog about Saras. This appears to be a collection of news feeds featuring women named Sara. I spotted an article from a colloege campus about activity in the quad, which quoted someone named Sara. One about something Sara Lee Inc. was up to. Sara Evans, Ph.D. It may well go on forever and encompass everyone named Sara ever. It's also nothing but ads, ads, ads for the first three screens or so. There were no personalized posts, and I decide I can't get excited about a first name for its own sake, so I move on.

Attempt #3: Hindi movie reviews. I click again.

Attempt #4: This is the first one that appears to have been created by a person to be used as a journal of some kind. I'm a little nervous when the title bar comes up as "Undecided," which proves to be quite apt when the rest of the page loads. It was created this morning using the same site I'm on. It has the default template and only one entry, which is, in its entirety: "Just testing to see if this works." And then I notice that the blog isn't even really called "Undecided." It's called "Right2Offend" in the URL, so there's clearly some of waffling going on here.

So maybe I'll focus on getting myself some lunch for a bit, and try again later.



Unknown said...

Is this post referencing OUR David?

Just wondering because moments after you called me complaining that nobody had commented on your blog yet, Bonto came up to me and asked in desparation, "Will you PLEASE post a comment on Maht's BLOG?" I assumed you were calling people on your cell phone in alphabetical order.

He turned and walked away, looking at the ground, shaking his head. he doesn't have ENOUGH stuff to be disheveled about.

The Moon Topples said...

It's the same David. I was talking to him about my resume and the completely blank email he had sent me this morning, and I mentioned the blog thing before calling you.

So now his self-esteem is tied into people posting to someone else's blog? Tell him his shirt looks funny, and that he has to take on some additional accounts and we'll totally destroy him!

Anonymous said...

Hellllloooooooo? I am right here, you guys. Damn.

I can read you know. This isn't a private conversation between you two -- Dirty Hippie and Moontopples. What the hell? Are you guys opening for Richie Havens at Woodstock, for cryin' out loud?

Anyway, my momma always taught me you have to give to receive -- get your name out there, comment on some sites, people will click your name to see what you are all about. Before you know it, you will have started a movement.


The Moon Topples said...

You're thinking of Moonbeam Topplas, whose band really was called Dirty Hippie in an homage to Crazy Horse.

And David, you should know by now that we talk about you like that whether you're in the room or not.