Blame is a fun thing to be able to throw around.
The blame game is played every day in America. Normally when something goes wrong the first solution is not to find a fix, instead we look for who to blame. Where do we see this the most in America? Government, they demonstrate the task of finding someone to blame for a slumping economy, or a failed health care reform.
Instead of playing the blame game, we could all benefit from playing the solution game.
There has been a consistent conversation going on regarding blogs and stats. How much value do you put in stats? What makes you a “successful” blogger? Do you have more value if you have more readers?
These questions are asked by a lot of people but it seems the answers are not as black and white as we would like.
There really is not a set way to blog nor is there a set way to measure the value of a blog. Sure you can use all kinds of analytic tools (stat managers), but does that really mean that you are providing value to your readers? One thing that I have consistently went back and forth on in how much merit I put in my stats. I can get pretty caught up in how many page views I am getting. It can be even worse when I start to compare my stats with other blogs that get triple the amount of visitors and stats. I have been working on moving away from being stat driven and into being comment driven.
Still though we continue to want to get back to numbers. How many people clicked the links, how many retweets, how many RSS subscribers, etc…it gets overwhelming. I was even looking at a site yesterday that said it searched thousands of christian blogs daily to bring you the best articles. When I went through the site to see what they deemed the “best” blog post they ranked them by how many times the post had been retweeted on twitter. I struggle with this. Mainly because it seems that we are placing more value on how much people click links then actually partake in conversation.
I do not want to go back and rehash a great conversation that we all had on Tyler Brauns blog Man of Depravity over this subject. Please go there and check out some great conversation. But what I do want to do is ask a simple question, Because I think some if not most of the blame is in hands of the readers and not the authors. It seems (myself included) that we skip over a chance to have a conversation because no one else is there having the conversation. I have seen several times on big name christian blogs people commenting just to comment because of the author. They comment on some dumb stuff. When there is a great post written about life and its struggles on a little known blog that on a good day gets 100 page views. I just wonder….where does the value sit?
In how high your stats are….or….in the amount of value you are adding to the conversation?
I have my thoughts on this and want to start to share them in the comment section below and engage in some conversation.But I do think that this is a conversation worth having t get down to some answers on where we are putting value in the blogging world.