Blogging needs to be more accessible to casuals

| Thursday, May 6, 2010
I pay the same nothing a month as most other bloggers. And yet, I am held back from having thousands of viewers due to not being a no-life loser. Like Tobold.

He challenges us with this outrageous taunt:
If you feel that my blog having a lot of readers gives me an unfair advantage in a battle of opinions, all you have to do is to open your own blog, work hard on it for 6 months, and you can have thousands of readers too.


Well I've been blogging for over two years and where are my thousands of readers? Clearly blogging is overtuned and needs some balancing. To start, I suggest what I will call the "Troll Buff" in which all bloggers can make additional posts every day, trolling each other, as a way to increase readership. On top of this, there should be an across the board reduction in the number of grammar rules by at least 5%. Finally, readers should be given an attention buff, allowing them to better survive long, pointless posts.

24 comments:

Stabs said...

Hi

"Stabs" is actually a committee of 4000 readers all of whom take it in turn to comment here.

See you in 4000 posts.

Zelmaru said...

I find that the blogs considered popular are indeed good blogs. However, if I were to read blogs in a vaccuum and pick the ones *I* thought would be popular, I would probably guess wrong. I wonder if popularity spawns popularity. Like if enough people reference such-and-such blog, you have to subscribe, or you're a noob and don't know wtf people are talking about.

LarĂ­sa said...

I'm your pocket troll!

You know I'm a smallish reader (looking at my appearance) but it's the attitude that counts. So I say as Euripedes does so brillantly in his blog header: "I am important".

Cheer Klep! Let's buff each other and we'll be just fine.

Gronthe said...

Well if you count all of my personalities you're well on your way to thousands of readers. At last count I had 467.

"No you don't, it's only 466, you can't count Frank, he's an alien."

"Oh, shut up and let me talk already."

Sorry about that, my personalities don't know when to shut it.

Klepsacovic said...

Iapetes, why would you troll here of all places?

thenoisyrogue said...

Don't worry, Klep.

The popular kids at school all ended up fat and bald. Mind you, it took a while.

Cassandri said...

I like to believe that I'm worth 1000 regular readers. You can call me a super reader.

(ps. I'm pretty damn sure that 6 months of blogging didn't given me thousands of readers either. Oh no! What are we doing wrong?)

Gevlon said...

Just like in games, success depends not on "no-life" but skill. Do and post about things that people care about. Shock them! Make them think or make them troll!

Sven said...

The only fair way to deal with the problem of elitist bloggers and their imba writing skills is to reward each blog post with a suitable emblem.

When a blogger has collected enough emblems they should be rewarded with one week of epic readership, with readers forcibly redirected away from the likes of Tobold & Gevlon to the blogger who has put the work in.

Nerf skill!

Ogrebattle said...

Failblogger must be able to post porn at end of each of their posts to increase the droprate of readers.

Dwism said...

I thought you did have thousands of readers allready? Why else would I want you to carry me to end-blogging?

im out of here

Tam said...

It's Tobold man. He's OP.

NERF TOBOLD!

Klepsacovic said...

@Kurt: I would have responded to your claim of hypocrisy, but you are either a terrible writer or intentionally writing poorly to be confusing. Either way, it doesn't motivate me to be super helpful nice guy.

@Cassandri: Clearly we are noobs.

Vailladin said...

late to the party but still laughing my ass off

Backthief said...

Well, Tobold, aka Gevlon if you prefer, does have very selfish opinions and often writes about himself (Morrows n Slackers for example). But he knows how to pull attention and his ideas, like Undergeared and Gankers (PvP) are rather fun and well thought.

Disciplinary Action said...

NERF WORDPRESS!

Edit: Oh shoot, someone got there before me. I have the sads. :(

pugnaciouspriest.com said...

but you have pictures... ( sometimes.. )

We Fly Spitfires said...

I think bloggers should be able to buy readers from an online store to help twink their blogs. Hmm... I wonder how much 5,000 Eastern European readers would cost me? :)

Anonymous said...

Why have thousands of bads and casuals when you can have a couple hundred of real WoW players reading your blog? I enjoy good thick make-me-wrap-my-mind-around-it content.

Nothing to see here casuals/bads, Move along...

Klepsacovic said...

Anonymous, I would love for casuals and bads to come here. In my imagination it would help them play a bit better. Actually that's an upcoming topic: what I hope people will learn from WoW.

Anonymous said...

Blogs *are* what casuals use to publish their banal ideas.

Back when web publishing meant coding pages by hand, if you really knew what you were doing you could set up a guestbook to let people comment on your site. We had editorial quality back then because it was *hard*.

These days, it's so damn easy to hit "post" that nobody needs to actually think about what they're saying. It's just a blog lol.

Klepsacovic said...

Gentlemen, you can't troll in here, this is the Troll Racials blog!

One point to anyone who gets it.

Klepsacovic said...

Out of regard for people who don't want to read a pointless flame war, I'm deleting several comments in this post.

I'm also adding a new rule: No reading into joke posts unless you're planning to bring in humorous psychoanalysis.

Syrana said...

Dang, thousands after 6 months? I'm not even close...

I was excited about a couple hundred xD

Even if we don't have thousands of readers.... it's weird because others have heard of us and "know" who we are.

Bizarre, I say.

And hilarious post. ;)

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