It seems like a given for some other bloggers who can manage 5 to 10 blogs without batting an eyelid. If I'm attending to one of my three blogs, then the other two got to wait their turn to be fed with fresh posts.
In between blogging tasks, I try to keep up to date with what's brewing and who's cooking up a storm. You see, I'm no super-duper blogger nor do I have the cash to pay someone to blog for me.
I don't know, but from the vibes and bytes that are floating around, a great number of bloggers seem to be going ga-ga about linking up to each other.
What it boils down to is that these signs $-$-$ are the motivators behind this bandwagon ride. And to get there, your blog has got to keep moving up in ranking especially in the Google PR and Technorati lists.
Reminds me of this famous line that goes something like this: "It's all in the list, bro, if you want to see money on the table!"
Playing Fave-orites and Getting Entwined In Linkfest
Getting linkety-minded is the natural thing to do if you want to see your blog rise. And, I think, it's not a taboo thing to do if you do it in the right manner.
Sometime back, Andy Beal over at Marketing Pilgrim wrote in his post that he's "reaching out..."
I'm not claiming to be A-list, but I do realize there are a lot of great blogs out there that don't get the attention we do, so I'm sharing the love."
At least, Andy is more forthcoming when he readily admitted that he's conscious of the fact that there are likely many great blogs that he doesn't read.
I've also being involved in linking to other blogs but I do it voluntarily if I think the blog is worth linking to or I picked out my MBL visitors on a particular day and tagged them. I don't inform the linked party about it. I also faved blogs to my Technorati Favorites without asking anyone to do the same for me.
Do these bloggers return the favor? Well, it's their decision, not mine. Some do when they see the link, others probably think this guy must be crazy, altruistic, or just plain stupid.
Maybe my blogs don't look like the make-money-online type or a John Chow-kind of blog and, therefore, has no appeal at all. Maybe I should write like Robert Scoble or some of the gadget blogs' style of writing to get attention. I don't think I can cut it there.
Again, I don't know. The blogosphere is so diverse you can go bonkers if you try to read too much into it.
Meanwhile, the blogging Gods of Mt Olympus (aka the A-Listers) don't need to scurry around lookng for links, they sorta perch at the top and watch us little rabbits do the running below. For now, they are entrenched.
The truth is that they were there early on when blogging was fairly new on the Internet. Writing about gadgets, fluffy snippets and stuff was like "wow, that's great!" to all those hero-worshipping newbies and wannabes at that time, and even now if you know where to look for them. And, of course, Adsense was great then, too.
So, I believe, it wasn't much of a struggle to be a shooting star in an era when netusers just click away on anything - banners, pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, splash pages, etc. - and the money kept rolling in for the site owner.
Today, it's so much harder to reach for the stars because competition is coming at you from all directions. The quality of blogs are improving with greater flair and more creative writing coming on. If you don't agree, I'll be glad to hear about it.
If it hasn't hit you yet, now is the time to start noticing the winds of change that's blowing across the blogging world.
It's like a new awakening for the "blogging proletariat." What can you see beyond the horizon?