Will it get indexed?
Yes – Google never ceases to amaze. 20 minutes after creation … 2nd after Digg in organic search.
Will it get traffic?
Yes – 19 views faster then anything else on this blog in … 20 minutes.
Will it get people engaged?
Nope – doubtfully here. First movers win and this NYU Lawyer blogger was up first. Put up when it showed in the US and number 2 on Google (still a day later, until I put up mine, apologies) and 22 comments and counting. Including mine which proves I didn’t come up with the idea. And others after which proves the idea isn’t dead. Amazing.
What am I talking about?
Jon Stewart talked about googling “Richard Jenkins + Donkey” on his show this evening. And of course I did. As did others. But then again I live in the UK so I was a day late. And I DVR’d it so I was 10 minutes behind the UK live broadcast. But when I saw the lawyer’s blog I couldn’t resist the test. And it is still fun.
What does it prove?
Nothing drives traffic like good tv.
And sorry I couldn’t come up with a more rewarding set of images.
Check out Six Feet Under – great show if you haven’t seen it.
Blogging may have become a bit like start-ups in 1999 where everyone seems to have one and if anyone mentions the word it at a dinner party everyone rolls their eyes and runs for the bar. Is it narcissic verbosity? I couldn't disagree more and just came across a great quote to remember from Rory Sutherland who I've got the good luck to go to meetings with on a regular basis. Blogging — before your traffic hits proper media property levels — is definitely "drivel" but still incredibly useful.
RE: Campaign i-Q: Do planners spend too much time blogging? – 28-08-2007 22:22by: Rory Sutherland JP Sartre once observed "I write to discover what I think". At a time when Excel and PowerPoint are the normal modes of communication, and where few in advertising write more than a couple of fully formed sentences or paragraphs from one month to the next, a blog provides a welcome opportunity to write to a decent length. It is a wonderful value exchange. The blogger gets to refine his thoughts by writing them in longhand and by gaining an immediate and responsive audience. The audience, one hopes, gains a little enlightenment along with an opportunity to refute/nitpick. Nor, to anyone who writes regularly, is it all that time-consuming to write a few hundred words of tolerably grammatical prose each day – not if you do it regularly. I venture many of those who are amazed anyone can possibly turn out a few blog entries each week without neglecting their day job are those people so addled by Powerpoint that they need a lie-down to recover between bullet-points. The more ideas you have the more you write. And vice versa.
Isn’t WordPress simply amazing. And so the excuses start to dissipate. Now I just need to get a few 10 years of random history and a bit of personal fun up here and it should all be quite something in no time. Or not.
Funny momment to start a blog but working on a project for my Dad, The FEB Log, I’ve come across a great blogging tool with WordPress and have finally discovered inspiration.
The question will be whether this becomes a great external brain, semi-public repository of relevant musings, or a tumbleweed strewn cyberpost of random drivel.
Time will tell.