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Reflections on Making a Name for Yourself on the Web [Feb. 1st, 2009|07:58 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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So I was reading an article about how to promote yourself for a job in a a down market in the 21st century. That got me to thinking...

I did a vanity search and found out that what comes up to the top of the list is a comment I left on Amazon. My minimax0r Xanga tag was fifth in the list with no other mention of my Xanga. My Live Journal doesn't even appear in the first 100 results. Bummer.

That reminded me that I really, really need to fill my profiles out on both Xanga and Live Journal. Fuck Stalker Book Face Book.

But more to the point, it got me to thinking....

I get more traffic off of my political posts e.g. than I do off of my computer posts e.g.. The odd thing is, I think more about computers than I do about politics. In fact, I tend to think I write more about computers than I do politics.

I read a lot of sites. I can't think of one political news feed I have other than fellow bloggers (i.e. truntthepaige, reality_hammer, and gothelittle. I would include The Theologian's Cafe in the list, but he is more of a newsfeed than a place to get a political take on things.)

I read many more computers sites. I'm following linux, ubuntu_users, macintosh, unixadmin. I'm also subscribed to Engadget, Coding Horror, and John. C. Dvoark's PC Mag columns.

Apparently, computer blogs are only for those who get them and then you have to be an expert to be read. We could talk about Microsoft initiatives for hawking their products as the best thing since sliced bread and self-proclaimed gurus who think they are computer gods because they know how to double-click an icon in Windows, but that's beside the point. I read a lot of tech stuff, comment occasionally and record my tech thoughts on my blog less frequently than that. I labor over my posts, hoping I'm giving the best presentation possible but instead I get lambasted for it.

The oddest thing is that despite all the tech stuff that I'm into, I'd like to think that I'm more into film. Granted, I don't write about it the way that swashbuckler332 does and that pisses me off. I did write film reviews for the Exponent, but those were rushed and shitty at best, not the quality stuff that swashbuckler332 turns out. It's funny too, because swash and I usually have the same thoughts on the films that we both watch. I just don't have his stomach for Star Wars. The point is that it pisses me off that I can write good reviews and yet I don't. I should, because at the very least I'd be able to put together a list of reviews if I wanted to make some extra cash, say writing reviews for the local paper.

I think that the reason my political posts get such better remarks is that a lot of my readers and I have the same views on politics and when I get as passionate about a subject as I do with my politics, I let 'em have it. Perhaps it's this quality that people are reacting to rather than my viewpoints. Nevertheless, it was something I thought about today, had a theory about and wanted to see what you my adoring audience thought.

What kind of my posts do you like: political? tech? film? random craziness? Other (please specify in the comments)?

Also, do you think my theory that my political posts get more response than anything because of the passion behind the writing is correct? Discuss.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 04:12 am (UTC)
The point is that it pisses me off that I can write good reviews and yet I don't.

I can walk on water.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 04:17 am (UTC)
What the bloody hell?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 04:17 am (UTC)
I can walk on water, and yet I don't.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh really? You know what else? You apparently have no thoughts on my theories or any of the other, main ideas presented here.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 04:25 am (UTC)
"Woe unto me, for though I am brilliant and powerful and could easily take control of the entire earth with my knowledge and charm and have my subjects gaze upon my greatness because I'm so great and powerful, I choose not to and you can't make me, so don't even try. No, really, stop trying to make me."

What a crock of shit.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 05:32 am (UTC)
You focused in on one sentence in a whole goddamned post. I think that with my blog I have proven that I can write and I think that I have proven that I can write reviews (and was paid to do so when writing them for the Exponent). What I haven't been able to do is force myself to sit down and write a review with the film fresh in my mind, not distracted and then revise and revise until I had something print worthy. Though I see a lot of films and love to talk shop about film, it's just something that for whatever reason I have chosen not to write about extensively.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 12:01 pm (UTC)
I can walk on water.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 04:17 pm (UTC)
Dir Sir (or Madam),

You may be right.

Sincerely,
schpydurx
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 04:20 pm (UTC)
1.) Signing your name on another's work is called plagiarism.

2.) Signing your name in this instance removes every possible point of context, ergo it means nothing.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 04:21 pm (UTC)
Dir Sir (or Madam),

You may be right.

Sincerely,
schpydurx
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 05:32 am (UTC)
Well, honestly, I barely skim your computer posts, because computers bore me. I know I know, I suck. But I really don't want anything to do with the innards of my computer, I just want it to do the things that I want it to do. I don't want to know why or how. That's somebody else's job *ahem Dan*

So I probably don't comment much on your technology posts.

I prefer random craziness in a post. That's fun to read.

Politics probably get the most comments right now because of everything that is going on. Plus, everyone has a different view of what's going on. There isn't much controversy in stating that this wireless card does these things. There IS controversy whenever a politician says he will do anything.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 05:50 am (UTC)
I don't recall the last time before tonight that you commented on my blog. I know that you've been busy and have your own life and problems, so I don't hold that against you.


I prefer random craziness in a post. That's fun to read.
I've had my fair share of crazy posts. In fact, I've got one brewing right now.

There isn't much controversy in stating that this wireless card does these things. There IS controversy whenever a politician says he will do anything.
What a great point!
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 08:22 pm (UTC)
well, I went awol for a year or so there, but I'm back now in full force!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 08:30 pm (UTC)
Glad to have you back!

This calls for a sexy party!
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 08:31 pm (UTC)
**Insert polka music here***
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-03 12:18 pm (UTC)
You're so dumb.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-03 01:18 pm (UTC)
Who let you out of your cage?
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[User Picture]From: reality_hammer
2009-02-02 09:13 am (UTC)
Write what you like. You can't please everyone so you might as well please yourself!

As for search engines, make sure your profile has the "let everyone know I've posted" box(es) checked and to allow spiders to crawl your blog.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 03:26 pm (UTC)
It's more of an issue that my full name doesn't appear on my Live Journal and only appears once on my Xanga. Well, that's not true either because I cross-posted that post. But the point remains that when I filled out my profiles, I wanted to keep some anonymity. I still do. Maybe I'll finally get around to filling out my profile this week.

Filling out profiles suck. It's staring at a blank page knowing you have to write something but you can't misrepresent, even accidentally.
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[User Picture]From: reality_hammer
2009-02-02 07:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, the "real name" aspect of it is a bit trickier. If you search ob my real name you can get tens of thousands of hits because it's all over the place.

20 years on the internets will do that. :P

If you don't already have keywords in your blog headers put some in there, including your name.

As for me I'm not really concerned if someone says "that reality_hammer guy" or "that Kottmann guy who writes on reality_hammer. What I'm doing here is just one facet of me. One hopes that a prospective employer (for example) would put more weight in my resume. :D
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 08:17 pm (UTC)
One hopes that a prospective employer would put more weight in my resume.
Agreed. However, if they are going to Google you...

I did have one thought on the original article though and that was this: if LIve Search starts getting much more traffic because it's the default search engine in IE which is the default browser on most computers, does that mean you'll have to worry about floating to the top of a bu$ted ass search engine?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 12:06 pm (UTC)
Do you know why my blog is so successful? Because I don't write for anyone but myself. And you know, I'm like friendly and stuff. I don't attack people verbally or assume that I'm a know-it-all. Those things are helpful too.

Anytime you're trying to write specifically to 'bump your ratings' or whatever, likely people will hate you because you suck. Write for yourself dude, it comes out in the material.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 03:27 pm (UTC)
It is possible to write for yourself and fufill the goal of SEO. The trick is to not let the second goal bleed into the first.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-02-02 03:34 pm (UTC)
You'll never reach your goal if you don't first write for yourself.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 04:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
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