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September 24, 2006

'How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger'


Now they tell me.

It's from wikiHow.com, and follows.

    How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger

    What a buzz all the bloggers are making these days! It seems like just about everybody is pouring their musings into a text box. Are you feeling tempted to start a blog of your own? Here are some ways to bypass the trend.


    1. Find five completely random blogs, and read them daily for a month. After thirty days, you will absolutely dread your self-imposed requirement to read all that dreck. Any blog you create will most likely be on par with what you've been reading. Don't put anyone through that.

    2. Consider that your voice, even if it is truly a good one, is a tiny peep against the massive wave of tripe out there. The odds of anyone you don't already know finding your blog are low.

    3. Write on a regular basis in Wordpad instead. If that doesn't satisfy your urge, and you feel that you must post your blog online, then you might just be craving attention and validation — which you'll never truly find in a blog. If you give up on your Wordpad journal after about three days, you'll do the same with a blog that just takes up server space.

    4. Ask yourself if you really have the time to commit to a blog. What about that treehouse you wanted to build? Or the book you wanted to write? Or the car you wanted to fix up? Or the restaurant you wanted to take your wife to? Or the new career you wanted to pursue? Instead of writing about pretty much nothing, or whining about all the things you wish you were doing instead, start doing something that'd actually be worth writing about. And if it's really worth writing about, you'll be having too much fun doing it to tear yourself away from it.


    If attention and validation are what you're looking for, know that you will get neither from blogging. As above, very few people will ever know that your blog (or you, by proxy) exists. Of those who do find it, a large percentage will be flamers and trolls, who will only post comments to you about how you suck. The remainder of comments posted to your blog will be sappy treacle, which you won't trust as being sincere anyway.

    Consider writing on a wiki instead. Unlike most blogs, wikis like Wikipedia and wikiHow are read by millions of people each month. Several wikiHow authors receive "fan mail" messages every day from appreciative readers. In addition, many authors discover that they enjoy the wiki collaborative writing process more than writing in solitude.


    The information you post on the Internet is likely to linger for years and years to come, as web pages are archived by "snapshot" services like the Wayback Machine. Once it's out there, you can't take it back. An employer running a Google search on your name years down the line might be turned off by your now documented obsession with your cat.

[via Brian Nelson]

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"How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger" -- This seems like something written by the Chinese Communist party to discourage free internet use. Really, why would I want to select 5 random blogs to read for a month? That would probably discourage me, true. But so would selecting at random which way to drive down a one-way street.

The wiki about how to start a famous blog is interesting.

Posted by: Karl Zipser | Sep 25, 2006 1:32:21 AM

When it comes to all things computer, I am a famous arch-imbecile, as anyone can tell. Never knowing what thingies to click on; sending the same email to the same person forty or fifty times, and not on purpose; asking computer-savvy friends to help me unjam some something or other that I screwed up and frustrating them beyond comprehension by not having the vaguest idea what they're telling me to do to fix it...hopeless. Truth is, at this point in my life, very little of it is dependent on or centered around the computer. This will change eventually, of course, most likely sooner than later, and dramatically, I know. But, for now, I like it that way. Willful ignorance.

In light of all that, it amazes me that I pretty much knew all that dissuading stuff, already. I used to didn't branch out much and read many of the trillions, but then I got all adventurous and yeah, they mostly do all suck, quite horribly. I got all spoiled, and started out on Joe's blog - quite by happy accident, as usual - which is almost always quite fabulous, as everyone knows. Ingenious gadgets, mesmerizing stories, keen insights, medical tidbits, this & that, thingamabobs, doo-dads, knick-knacks, gemcracks, gew-gaws, what-nots, tragedy, comedy, history -- I thought ALL blogs were so nifty. Well. Not just any old body can do this. Not just any old body probably should.

I will never. The world has been exposed to enough about my cat and smelly shoes and flaming socks. Excellent article.

Posted by: Flautist | Sep 24, 2006 12:20:05 PM

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