Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Popularity and Daily Affirmations

Kailani's post at The Pink Diary made me think. Go on over and see what she has to say, but I am also going to break off from her conversation and post my thoughts.

Popularity. Do you still seek it?

Isn't there popularity in the blog world? People who come to my mind are Susie Sunshine, Lucinda from Suburban Turmoil, Amalah, Jen Lancaster, MommaK.... the list could go on and on for me. These are blogs that I view to be on the "A" list.

Do I seek that popularity? Well, to be honest. Sure. What blogger doesn't love to come back to his or her blog to see that s/he has 150 comments on a post? I know I could never achieve that status. Does that bother me? Nah.

I love this little niche of readers that I have. I have met people I wouldn't have met IRL. There is Sue from Great Lakes State of Mind. There is Kelly from Pass the Torch. There is Bellezza from Dolce Bellezza. There are a few others ... and I love to read your comments. I love to know that SOMEone is checking my blog, no matter how paltry it may be at times.

Is this is plea for more readership? Heck no. It is my way of saying thanks to my readers, and a way for me to say I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, doggonit, people like me!


Blogger The "Mind" said...

Oh look. My popularity light just lit up on high. Someone mentioned me by name! I was geeked just to see when people added me to their blogrolls. LOL!

Sure, there is a popularity issue. Well, not so much that for me, but I like to know someone enjoys what I post. Or at least finds it mildly amusing/interesting. Heck, I *eek* even submitted my blog for review at Ask and Ye Shall Receive and I'm a mess over it. What if they hate me? What if my layout doesn't pass muster? Ugh.

But, I will say this, as a running joke between my friends and I...

It's all about the comments.


6:27 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I'm a new blogger but I have to admit...I signed up for a counter about five minutes ago, just to see how many people come by. So I guess it does matter in some way but I don't think the blogs I frequent look like they are trollers for readers, just some good people writing and sharing thoughts and daily life with others.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Pass the Torch said...

Golly! I just feel special all over the place! Thanks sweetie;)

It is about comments, isn't it? We have pretty little blog houses, but are just jabbering on to ourselves if we don't have the interaction afforded in comments.

I read Kailani's post too. I never had a chance at popularity in HS, so never even considered it. But in the blogosphere? Who knows?

What I know for sure is that I'm a freakazoid stat-counter. (Recovering.)

7:55 PM  
Anonymous kailani said...

I think that all bloggers in some way care about their "popularity" status. We like to be positively reinforced and appreciated for what we have to say. Great post . . . I like you!

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

You are popular no matter my friend, everyone that you meet instantly LOVES you. My friends that are new in your life are like "is she coming?" Like they won't be at an event without you. You and your blog make my day EVERYDAY! :)
How is that for a daily affirmation?!

8:04 AM  
Blogger Knitting Maniac said...

I love you Robin!!!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Bellezza said...

Here's the thing: blogging for me is just like my personal life. I'd rather have a real comment, and conversation with a few, than receive trite nothings that I'll never be able to respond to with many. Seriously. How does a person with 150 comments maintain a "friendship" with any one?

And, I value reading your blog, your thoughts and your opinions, as well as your comments on mine.

11:36 PM  

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