Thursday, August 13, 2009

An Analog Mind in a Digital World

I don't blog about blogging much, but it seems the OBB is getting noticed lately by folks who would like me to take advantage of their services to make my blog better. I usually get a few press releases and solicitations, but not many. Lately, however, I've been contacted by the very persistent folks at the health site Wellsphere, who want to add my blog to their listing. I think it's weird, since this isn't a health blog at all.

I've also been contacted by people at feed aggregation services, who want to make it easier for potential readers to subscribe to my posts. Apparently, I'm supposed to provide them with a description of my blog so that people know what they're getting before they sign up for a feed. Here's a thought: read the blog before you sign up! That way, you'll know what you're getting. Anyway.

All the attention has made me think for a moment about how and why I run this blog. I guess I think of it more like a self-printed newsletter. Instead of printing and stapling thousands of copies and handing them out at the grocery store, I'm putting it up on the Interwebs and letting people find it. Based on the number of times the OBB comes up in my own random Google searches for old bike stuff, it seems like the right people are finding me (right people = those who find my posts either useful or interesting).

So I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not going to exert any effort whatsoever to increase my readership, but I'll just keep electronically handing out my little newsletter outside the virtual grocery store and figure that folks will either read it, or throw it away as they see fit. It doesn't bother me one way or the other. That being said, however, I'm also psyched that almost 90 people are now "following" this blog through Google. I like having readers because it means I must be providing something worth reading, but somehow it seems disingenuous to me to actually pursue means to increase my readership. Anyway, if you've made it this far through this Andy Rooney-esque post, you're probably one of my regular readers, so I guess I'll just close by saying thanks for reading.

11 comments:

  1. Keep that newsletter coming. YOU have to be pleased with it unless its secretly very lucrative.

    I look at my own somewhat as a "Journal With a Theme."

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  2. lol. you're welcome.

    and thank you!

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  3. As one of the 90 I appreciate your efforts. I'll hang around.

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  4. Welcome to the World Wide Walden! :c)

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  5. What happened to OBB's project fixie? The one with the sky blue paint?

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  6. @ Will: Seatpost is still stuck. And now I've sawed and hacked and mangled the top so badly trying different "fool proof" methods that it might just be hopeless. I haven't officially given up yet, though. I have one more trick up my sleeve, but I'm not holding my breath that it will work.

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  7. As long as you don't throw the newsletter at my door at 6 in the morning, we are good.

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  8. Blogs are what the blog owner wants them to be. Mine are simply a catalog of my interesting(to me) accumulation of bikes.

    Aaron

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  9. Let me know if you're going to write it off, I'd like to take a shot at it via a few tricks I might have.

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  10. @Will, sure I'll let you know.

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