One of the most interesting offerings given to Houstonian’s by way of the Internet is the ability to blog. Andrew Sullivan states that, the word ”blog” is a conflation of two words: “Web” and “log.” It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web. In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, “Web log” soon became the word “blog.” This form of instant and global self-publishing, made possible by technology widely available only for the past decade or so, allows for no retroactive editing and removes from the act of writing any considered or lengthy review. It is the spontaneous expression of instant thought – impermanent beyond even the ephemera of daily journalism. Unlike any single piece of print journalism, its borders are extremely porous and its truth inherently transitory. The consequences of this for the act of writing are still sinking in.
Blogging over the past decade has allowed millions from all over the world and Houston to be able to self-publish and do this on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, and day-by-day basis. As the blogsphere matures and bloggers undergo the survival of the fittest in the form of The Hype Cycle of blogging, the quality of blogging will continue to add value to the digital landscape. Blogging is something of a competitive sport online these days. Unless you have been a blogger for a very long time, the chances are that your blog might go unnoticed for quite some time, or if at all. If a Houstonian wants to blog successfully, it is suggested that the blog provide its audience with value. Telling others how to make money has great appeal. One of the greatest annoyances in the blogging world is flooding the readers with posts. This is Internet marketing and people find it as welcome as a telemarketer calling incessantly while you are trying to eat dinner. If you find a blog or want others to take part in yours, take part in the conversation. Blogging is about communicating. Making your blog unique is a plus. Even though bloggers are in a sea of millions of other bloggers, one can still try to stand-out. Other suggestions would be blog about what others might be interested in and make the content easy to read.
This month, the new lists of the top 25 most popular blogs have been released. The top five are: TMZ.com, GIZMODO.com, PerezHilton.com, engadget.com, and boingboing.net. But these are a far cry from some of the personal authenticity one may find in a non-commercialized personal blogs. For instance, there are blogs that hold personal reflection regarding the infamous Oklahoma City Bombing. Houstonians also blog and a Google search will result in showing that we blog about working for a church, lawyers and their personal injury case successes, local news, how they got paid by Google, health, and even a blog designed for naughty Houston wives. Since millions from around the world are sharing what is on their minds with the world, maybe it is time to share what is on your mind with them as well.