I’m not looking for accolades here; just deleted one of my best posts ever because it was too snarky.
All are very well deserved wins. However here is where the bitch in me comes out, and it’s not directed at any nominated or winning blog.
How do you rate a blog? How can you decide how to judge blogs when blogging is new and the forms are evolving?
Blogging is wonderful; it’s a totally new form of communication, she says with six windows open for the six things she’s doing at once. There is an inherent satisfaction in blogging for itself; an audience to read my work; people to communicate with; people to critique my work whether I have asked for it or not.
I was happy when one person would comment or email me. But it’s never been about comments to me; it’s always been about writing, and knowing that a few people might be helped, inspired and most importantly, enjoy my writing.
As with everything in life I go through stages where all I want to do is blog, and stages where if I never write in my blog or look at another blog again I will be very happy. I have taken my blog on two vacations; it had a better time than I did on the first one as it rained all the time, I was sick, and I really hate watching day time TV in a grungy motel. Last time I will ever pick cheap motels just because they are cheap.
Did I say that I was sick? Actually thought I was dying for about five days. The plane ride home made it worse of course, but I could die in my own bed while blogging. Though my doctor assured me it wasn’t fatal, I know him and he didn’t sound that convinced.
Okay I didn’t die, and lived to blog about the whole experience. When I went away this summer my blog was hot and I had to keep blogging. Enjoyed blogging when I had no real life distractions and it was only two a day.
I believe in blogging as a community or sets of communities that intersect; and that makes the urban sociologist in me happy. We’re all in the forefront of a communications revolution. We do this for love, not money.
Only that’s not really true. I’m not the most computer proficient person in the world, and I didn’t realize the amount of spam and spyware that my blog would attract. Came home from that first vacation with a lap top that was sicker than I was and had to be put out of its misery; my old desktop wasn’t doing too well either.
The people who put in spam and spyware are making money off us; they should be incredibly ashamed of what they do for a living and be forced to give every blogger who asks a top of the line Mac–just a suggestion.
Then there are the people who make programs to combat the spam and spyware. Some do it for love and because it’s a good thing to do; others do it just to make money.
What makes a good blog? This is the part that confuses me as I didn’t know that it was a world of contests and trivia when I began; I was so naive that I thought it was about writing and politics, not necessarily together.
When I first went on BE many of the blogs I saw were selling products and services, religious, radical right, and many blogs that had a two word post with a question: “what do you think?” As I said I was naive and didn’t realize that a lot of people did this for social interaction and/or to get comments
Other blogs seemed to specialize in telling people how not to blog. This person doesn’t like this; that person doesn’t like that. What gives them the right to make up their own rules about blogging. Sorry but blogging belongs to everybody.
Then there are the blogs that sell blog related services: Designers, a good thing I think though I didn’t know at the beginning I would use one; blogs that will tell people how to blog for a price; blogs that will tell people what subjects to blog on. Maybe I’m missing something here but if you can’t think of your own subject matter why are you blogging?
Then I began to get many negative comments; I have actually been told, no ordered to stop blogging. Yeah really.
But more people liked my blog so I continued. I’m not a masochist I would have stopped if the majority of the comments were negative and/or hostile. It was worth it for the discussions, it was worth it for the incredible people I have met; it was worth it because I got comments like “born to blog.”
What makes a blog award worthy? Think that the four blogs above are all excellent. My blog, like me, is quirkier. I’m Sundance ten years ago. Love any film with Steve Buscemi and/or Parker Posey. She says after watching the first two thirds of Miss Congeniality Two last night; enjoy Sandra Bullock. But never want that award, thank you.
Blogging satisfies inherent needs but I think that I reached a place where my needs are bigger. Of course I will still blog, it brought me to the place where I know finally and to my own satisfaction that I’m talented and interesting.
Though I almost think I should begin writing solely about Larry David because the stats on the post where I added about five sentences to his article on Brokeback Mountain are totally amazing. Of course, I’m a Times Select customer so I was able to copy the article which might have more than a bit to do with it.
I will go to my grave or whatever being known as the person who copied the Larry David article.
Have no idea what makes a blog award worthy, and I no longer care because my blog has always been written to please me, or because I had to write that particular post.
While I don’t know what makes a blog award worthy I do know what makes a superior blog, and Courting’s up there. Just really want to play Sally Fields; wait that’s not your ambition?