Thursday, 11 December 2008

Big new media whore has big new media questions!

So, hi, guys. I thought that as I'm using this blog more instead of my old Livejournal, and because it's linked in to other sites and platforms that I've been using, it's about time to find out who, if anybody, is reading this, what they're getting out of coming here, what they want, and why they're following me around.

I hope, if you're reading this, you might indulge me for a few minutes and have a think about some of the questions I've posed below. For those who are really genuinely new to my blog, I'll throw in a bit of background. In reality I'm a technology industry journalist specialising in networks and communications and how to sell and develop them, and as part of my work I've been following the development of new media platforms and their possible applications for some time. But this interest is also personal, I'm not going to go away and write a hugeass feature right now, I'm just being a nosey parker.

Analytics; the stalker's friend

So, Google Analytics is telling me that more people are coming here and most people are coming off Blogger referrals. A fair few are coming from Twitter since I started tweeting last week, and some of you are coming from other blogs, at least a couple from the very worthwhile Voyagers and some from Well Done Fillet, which is also worthwhile - that's one I started reading when the guy who writes Waiterrant got a publishing deal and stopped being interesting on the internets, although on the plus side I hear he makes a shit-load of money now, so we don't really begrudge this at all.

As the Who sang, who are you?

What I'm really curious to find out is who you are! I'm not planning on stalking anybody, but I really would like to know. I'd imagine some people are here off Livejournal, so I probably know you already, but give me a heads up anyway. Doesn't it suck that I'm duplicating some content still? How would you divide up multiple blogging platforms?

What about the Twitterers then? Some of you must be followers, but I know most of my followers personally, so for you guys, what brings you here now? Hey, newbies, what made you click?

How about the Blogger referrals? Did you just click through randomly? How does that work for you? Do you find anything interesting when you do it, and what made you stop here? The same goes for any other referrals, or if you're coming off a search engine - I know at least four of you have come from Google searches in the past week? How did you get here, where are you headed, and are you at least enjoying your trip?

I wurnt to suck your blood coolness!

And lastly, what am I not using or doing? I want people to stick around and I want to try, if not always with great success, to be entertaining or interesting and not just another lonely voice on the interwebs hollering with no real cause or intent. So what makes you keep reading when you find a blog?

I've really enjoyed blogging on other platforms for the past seven years, but I've found Livejournal - where I used to be and still am from time to time - is increasingly a controlled environment, a bit of a walled garden in some ways, so I'm expanding onto Blogger and Twitter, and obviously I have Facebook and Linkedin (for professional use only). Where else can I go and what can I do when I get there? What platforms are giving you virtual Web 2.0 hard-ons?

5 comments:

corinnetags said...

I've been reading your LJ for a while (back from my Harry Potter days) and then just thought you were interesting. I added you on twitter because you posted your tweets on LJ and then I found out about this blog through your LJ post and the twitter post that you just did. :)

Yeah, duplicating stuff sucks. Which is why I pretty much just told everyone at Xanga that I'm posting on LiveJournal and they should read my journal there.

Google Reader makes it less sucky to have to read multiple platforms, however. Almost everything can go through there it seems like.

And I have no knowledge of what is cool. I've had a facebook since 2004 just 'cause a friend told me to join. I just joined twitter. I've had an LJ since high school. But usually I'm totally behind in the times and resistant to change. Twitter was a big step for me.

Oh also, I loved Waiter Rant and am definitely going to check out Well Done Fillet, thanks for the link!

John Walton said...

You know where I'm from.

The thing is, LJ is a walled garden, and that's just great because the flowers are lovely, but there's a point at which you want people outside the walls to go "hey, look, pretty flowers", except that the LJ garden is reputed to be full of freaks.

The thing that gets me about the blogosphere in general is the lack of a decent threaded comment system. Thank God for new TypePad Connect; maybe Blogger'll catch up with that.

s00 said...

I read this blog and your LJ, occasionally they are different! With this one I tend to check it when you haven't updated your LJ for a while. Nothing more to say really.

lapin-agile said...

I actually find the walled garden feels safer. I'm not very comfortable about mixing online with offline life and want very much to keep residents of certain offline portions of my life out of my online garden.

I have to say that the "FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed" widget on your page has made me come out in hives because it announces to everyone visiting here at the moment (and for how long before my information scrolls off into oblivion) exactly where I'm blogging from. It's not that such information is completely inaccessible or that anonymity is ever really secure on the internet, but that feature pulls back the veil in a way that makes me anxious.

We've circled the same troughs at livejournal, and I'm beating a retreat there now. Good luck with this and all you're up to.

Chris said...

Pretty much what s00 said!

As long as RSS (or Atom, I guess) works and as long as you let me read it, I'll probably be around in some form or other, probably whatever's closest to pure-text without the gewgaws.

jiggery_pokery Chris