This sounds evil, but is not intended as it. I decided against the „blog crush“ thing made up by Darren. It’s in my eyes somehow worthless because its just another push-and-pull promotion for blogs.

Let me point out why I think so, and why I believe I have a very different opinion on this matter compared to all the readers of his (or my own) blog. I’m not going to use all points, but those that just… make me wonder if that push-and-pull promotion is nothing else but a game for bored kids.

you like the way they blog
I read over more than 200 blogs each day and scroll through various ones each day and night. But there’s not been something in a blog that would make it so uber-special for me to like somebody that much to admire them for what they do. Writing is an art, writing is a profession, and writing can be personal or anything else. But to admire one for what they do will not help yourself with your own writing, or will it?

their RSS feed is at the top of your list
Well, with that increasing number of RSS feeds, I could list about a dozent of authors who are good at their work, and as many who are not. If I’d judge in a radical way, none of even the blogrolls should ever exist.

you leave more comments on their blog than you write posts on your own
I like giving comments, but as an author of a blog, you should clearly maintain your blog and not increase the comments of somebody else just because he/she is your beloved author. Where will this end, would one expect to be invited to co-blog?

you let them know about posts you’ve written in the hope that one day they’ll notice you
Trackback, Pingback – the most beloved tools for every advanced blog author. Why should I email somebody about something I wrote if I can ping or trackback them in a modest way? The author will notice it – either by finding that ping in their moderation queue or by reading their own comments.

So this is it. While I know my daily reads and love to read them, there’s no benefit of endlessly promoting other people with this or that campaign. Why? Because they clearly do not understand how much value that brings for them – as in new readers. And on the other hand, most people do not visit those who link to them at all, nor acknowledge what other authors do.

Considering this above, I’m not in favor of having a blog crush. Why should I admire people for being what they are? I am who I am, and this is equal to what any other blog author or reader is. There’s nothing special in all of us but ourselves. No need to admire this ;) On the other hand I could easily transform a couple of blogs of my daily reads into a blog-crush related post. But who needs such? It’s yet another link farm development. In the end, traditional methods are much better than these push-and-pull campaigns.

4 Kommentare
  1. Shirazi sagte:

    I don’t agree with you Mike. May be you are missing a point. It will make a difference to anyone if you tell them what you like, dislike and why. It does to me: I feel glad if others substantiate my point of view, I correct myself and learn if find I was wrong. It builds a public opinion. So, you may not have a crush but do let me know what you feel about anything I write. No?

  2. Mike Schnoor sagte:

    Mmmh perhaps I made a mistake, or you did not understand what I meant to write? In fact I do like what you write as blog author, and it has no effect on my post above. This post was meant to be criticism about Darren’s push-and-pull promotion of weblogs, not about your content. I do know that you wrote your own Blog-Crush just prior to my post, but your post made me remember what I wanted to write already a day before. And that’s what I did – the more of these „This is my new blog-list for this new event“ posts on other people’s blogs, and no wonder why Google and other search engines like to separate blogs from the rest of the web. They turn out to become small but effective link-farms. ;)

  3. Shirazi sagte:

    Oh no! Now I think you did not understand what I am conveying here or I made a mistake.

    I never thought this has any thing to do with my post of the subject. Of course it didn’t. I too am talking of Blog Crush as a project to attract more visitors. I think this is one of the better ways to discover new and good blogs — call them crushes. Have I made the point?

  4. Mike Schnoor sagte:

    Haha, I love this! I take your point now, and yes it is a good way to discover new blogs. However, I see it from another perspective… and we truely messed it up above with misunderstanding each other! *G*

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