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My Web Log Experiment – Month 2

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Two-month status report

see one-month status report here

In month two, I tried to tame myself from blogging’s addictions. Following links until my eyes pop out… Checking my referrers list… tracking hits to my website from my blog and elsewhere. I’ve instituted a no-blogging rule on myself during a typical workday. Knowing that such rules are meant to be broken, I have still managed to blog, although my post rate is down from last month, but my billable hours and social life are up!

Content vs. Frequency

I’ll keep this short, as I’ve come to appreciate that in a fellow blogger. While the human element is a great aspect of blogging, I don’t have patience for blogging that turns into yadda, yadda, yadda. As basically a business blogger (yes, I admit it), I believe blogs should add value, not suck time out of a person’s busy life (yours and mine). My philosophy that I will offer to others to subscribe to is: Only blog when you have something to say! A daily blog for the sake of being daily isn’t necessary as I see it. We all experience information overload. My hope for weblogs is that they act as useful filters of the information heap, rather than adding to it. These are high hopes, I realize, but what I believe will differentiate valuable bloggers from the yadda yadda crowd. (Feel free to disagree. I’d like to hear your thoughts).

Speaking of filters… I find tools like technorati, daypop, google and organica, and bloggdex to name a few to be the key to the future for their ability to search and filter web log entries. And while I haven’t spent the time to learn to use any of the news aggregators, I believe the RSS feed will change the world. I’m just an average user… a communicator… Here’s to the tool makers!

Net Effects

In month 2 my “networth” inched up in link strength. In addition to Denise Howell of Bag and Baggage adding me to her blog roll, My Shingle and Netlawblog.com linked to me. Both Bespacific
and a german weblogger linked to my Intro to Weblogs for Law Marketing article and the german blogger even added my New Hampshire Law Firm client’s web site to it resources list! (kinda kooky!) Others have found my blog via Google and Daypop on searches on for “FCC” and “Amy Cambell” and “web logs” and such. As a result, I’ve been contacted by a few folks inquiring about my services. So far it’s translated into some nice conversations.

In summary for month 2, nothing startling. More of the same. Traffic increased slightly over last month. Leaving me at position 39 in the Harvard Web Logs Rankings list with 3,505 visits

Analogies

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george w. bush : jason blair

wmd’s : quotes

united nations : new york times

a just war : a good story

(see Worse Than Watergate?
by John Dean )

john dean : watergate

__________ : iraq

(will the new woodward and bernstein please stand up?)

My Web Log Experiment

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A One-Month Status Report

After one month since starting this web log, I’ve had more than 1,650 visits, placing me around the 43th spot on the Top 100 list. Pretty amazing for an unknown artist.

The Community

What’s been interesting about the Harvard Web Log project (I’ve also blogged on blogger.com) is that it’s a community of bloggers unto itself as well as part of the larger blogosphere. The small communal nature of Harvard web logging and most importantly the directory, ranking and updates features that allow us to “see” each other and rub virtual elbows is a large contributor to the traffic my web log has received thus far.

Links are Power

It’s not just visitors (readers) that make blogging what it is though. It’s the linking of one blog to the next that creates a viral webbing of related ideas and like-minded persons. As I mentioned in my last entry, when we link to one another, we create a certain “link strength” based on the popularity of the links. (See Links and Power: The Political Economy of Linking on the Web) The value of others linking to you provides your ideas with more outlets (inlets?) on the web. Links are usually man-made by some “one” who agrees with your thinking, but they are also “machine made” with the rise of automatic RSS feeds and blog tracking sites.

Itchy trigger fingers?

In my brief one month tenure at Amy Campbell’s Web Log, thanks to the nifty (and highly addicting) referral feature, I’ve found that my modest weblog has been picked up by other bloggers in the blogosphere. I have been amazed at how quickly someone is willing to “blogroll” me or categorize me as an expert. Which brings up what I believe to be one of the bloggerdom’s big drawbacks — the rush to post. Because of the instant nature of blogging, people feel the need to act fast… a case of premature posting? As Dave Winer says, “people don’t read before they write.” Another case of irrational exuberance, perhaps? For example, I’m listed on one blog as a “legal commentator”, which is a bit embarrassing as it’s not very accurate.

The company we keep

On the upside, however, getting linked to for writing something that a real expert agrees with is a real boost, both to my ego and my “personal brand” (not to mention my “link strength”). My 15K of fame came this month when I responded to a Donna Wentworth blog, and she linked to me. Then Lawrence Lessig linked to me. And then due to that others linked to me… and so on and so forth. And thanks to tools like technocrati and organica and weblogs.com others have found my web log and some have added links on their blogs. For instance, check out this great plug on Bag and Baggage. And this is just the start!

Disclaimer: Please forgive me for my own rush to post… I try not to post a blog unless I have time to think it through and check my accuracy… I also try to write something in my email drafts folder first. Leave it there a while, and revisit it before posting. But if I was totally careful about every post and comma, I’d never get anything up. So it’s a balance. Luckily, we bloggers know that.

Word Cam: Patriot’s Day

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While I’m still deciding how to use this blog, I’m posting this Word Cam as I think it nicely sets the mood. A Word Cam is a concept I created that I define as: “1. A device for capturing a moment using the technology of words. 2. An opportunity to pause and reflect and connect.” And I maintain a Word Cam site on Blogger.com. Enjoy.

Patriot’s Day
Earlier this morning, the curious racket of fife and drum drove me and the cat to the window to peer down upon freedom trail trodding, tri-cornered hat wearing soldiers marching three abreast. Here, three floors above the street in Charlestown, I listen to Dick Gordon’s Day 6 in Bagdad, and in the next room Channel 5 broadcasts from Hopkinton where 20,000 runners prepare to invade the city bringing with them the brighter side of the human spirit. Having just returned from watering yesterday’s planting of pansies, I check in on the Harvard blog project. And when the spine tingling roar of military jets reaches my neighborhood, again I rush to the window, knowing the marathon has begun, and feeling for a moment conflicted. Excited by this awesome display of power and the obvious relationships and contrasts to the morning’s earlier patriots, I am washed in a spring breeze and awash in an increased awareness of these powers and freedoms, and the opinions and emotions, motivations, commitments and traditions that inspire people to run, to plant, to kill, to debate, to blog, to push ahead and to remember. Looking out at this beautiful day, I am aware of how connected we all are at any given moment, and wondering how many shades of gray there really are anyhow.

My Hahvahd Blawg

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Thanks to my harvard email address, I am allowed to be part of the great blog experiment. Now to find a niche…

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