I am declaring May to be the Merry Merry Month of Metablogging.
Over the past few months, I’ve seen a change coming over the blogosphere. Bloggers are dropping out, frittering away. (Or perhaps just twittering away.) For many, the excitement over blogging has died down.
But I still really love blogging. For a couch potato with many interests like me, it’s the ultimate hobby. It’s been more than a hobby, though. It’s been a way of making connections with people, continuing conversations and expanding my horizons.
I know some people find blogging to be the most boring topic for blogging that there is. I’m not one of them. I’ve been quite fascinated by just about all topics bloggy. I like the blogging about the blogging. (I also like to use the word blogging.)
Whereas I know I really need to buckle down and get cracking with my work, I really want to get this out of my system. There have been loads of posts that I’ve wanted to write, but haven’t had the time. (Or when I find the time, I lack the focus and energy.) But the metablogging topics have continued to weigh on my mind.
For instance, I’ve wanted to share my take on, and my experiences with, these aspects of blogging:
- blogroll and linking
- commenting and discussion
- identity and image
- design and themes
- categories and tags
- traffic and readership
- memes and group projects
- popularity and rankings
- personal disclosure
Here are some of the questions I’ve also been thinking about:
- Why did you get started in blogging?
- What do you get out of blogging, and what do you want to get out of it?
- What advice would you give to a new blogger?
- What will be the future of pants posts?
Anyhow, my plan is to cover each of these topics (as many as I can get to) in a series of posts this month.
I’d really love it if other people would like to join in the conversation. If you have posts on blogging that you’d like to share (whether new or from your archives), let me know, and I’ll link them up.
In other news, the April Just Posts are coming up. If you’ve read or written posts on a topic pertaining to social justice, please send your nominations to me or Holly. Want to learn more? Check out the Just Posts info page.