Sunday, August 06, 2006

So this is why no one reads our blog

For the record, I was not looking for porn when I discovered this article.

A persistent theme among people writing about the social aspects of weblogging is to note (and usually lament) the rise of an A-list, a small set of webloggers who account for a majority of the traffic in the weblog world. This complaint follows a common pattern we've seen with MUDs, BBSes, and online communities like Echo and the WELL. A new social system starts, and seems delightfully free of the elitism and cliquishness of the existing systems. Then, as the new system grows, problems of scale set in. Not everyone can participate in every conversation. Not everyone gets to be heard. Some core group seems more connected than the rest of us, and so on.

There. Now I feel better. Of course, gstdog needs to explain to me why we're not using RidiculouslyEasyGroupForming to drive traffic. I could explain it by saying that I never knew it existed until now, but that's because I spend most of my time surfing for porn and who wants to admit to that? Of course, there's always MEATBALL PeertoPeerSyndication.

I'd say the biggest drawbacks to these ideas are their long freaking names. In the time it takes me to say their names, I could have painted a picture...of a guy...with a big knife.

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