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April 20, 2007

Annika's Journal Farewell Tour, Part I: The Day I Killed A Blog

One of the things I've learned about blogging is that there are many different kinds of bloggers. Some bloggers are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them. Other bloggers find their niche and end up workin' it like a supermodel. Still others suck eggs and always will. And some are just freakin' scary. But the one thing all bloggers have in common is that they start small and hope to get big someday. Or so I thought.

"The day I killed a blog" happened early in my career, when I was young and altruistic. Thanks to the generosity of a few big bloggers, I'd achieved some moderate success moving up the Ecosystem, (which has since diminished) and I thought it would be nice to spread the love. Pay it forward, like the movie says.

So when I came across a brand new blog, down at the unicellular microbe level of the Ecosystem, I thought I'd give the blogger a boost by linking to one of her more interesting posts. She was new, seemed like a nice lady, and though not the best writer around, I thought she could improve with some exposure. I, in my benevolence, decided to give her that exposure. I chose to link to a post in which her thesis was, "I'm a liberal but I support the Iraq War." (This was back in the day when one could say that type of thing with a straight face.)

I sent the chick some traffic, that was true. But unfortunately she couldn't handle the attention. Being a liberal who supports the war is not a prescription for attracting friendly commenters. Apparently there was enough variety in her viewpoints to piss off everybody who went there. I didn't actually get a chance to read any of the constructive criticism that I funnelled to her comments section, because her site was taken down after about a day of abuse. In the words of Carl the gardener, she quit the game.

So that was how I killed a blog. I love my commenters. You're the only reason I kept this thing going for so long, and I look upon this blog experience as a four year conversation with some really neat people. But when I linked to that little blog, I felt a bit like Hernán Cortés meeting the Indians. You're all a pretty exuberant bunch and some folks just don't have the natural immunities necessary for blogging. Some folks get a readership and then realize they didn't really want to be read in the first place.

Do I feel bad about what happened? Probably not, because although lots of people can say they started a blog, I can say that I killed a blog too.

Posted by annika, Apr. 20, 2007 | TrackBack (0)
Rubric: On The Blogosphere


Confession is good for the soul.

Now, go back and study so we can show the guys that the Bar Exam really is a snap for a bright young woman with a good education.

Posted by: shelly on Apr. 21, 2007

Farewell tour? Wha?

Posted by: c.a. Marks on Apr. 21, 2007

Maggie Cho, huh? Roseanne Barr must've stole some Asian's identity.

Posted by: reagan80 on Apr. 21, 2007

We would kill all the weak ones.
We would bury them deep in the earth.
- Cake

Posted by: Casca on Apr. 21, 2007

"I love one of my commenters. You're the only reason I kept this thing going for so long, and I look upon this blog experience as a four year conversation with a really neat person."

Thank you. I think you are really neat too.

Posted by: Jake on Apr. 21, 2007

lol @ jake

Posted by: annika on Apr. 21, 2007

Oh... thought you were talking about killing your blog, as in right now.

So, when you're gone, where are the Lindsay fans going to post?

"Being a liberal who supports the war is not a prescription for attracting friendly commenters."

Well, when a component of someone's religion is violated, the well-devoted feel the need to condemn the heretic, in mass and with vigor. And self righteousness doesn't often stimulate humility in a person. Combine that with the inherent jerk-edness of too many commenters on the internet, and you end up with reasonable opinions being drowned out by the cacaphony of zealots wanting to demonstrate their grasp of dogma.

Welcome to the internet: A place you can see obstinancy and arrogance combine with exhibitionism most enthusiastically.

Posted by: ElMondoHummus on Apr. 21, 2007

wait a sec


Posted by: tony on Apr. 22, 2007

Is the blog still cached somewhere, as permanent evidence of your omnipotence?

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Apr. 23, 2007

Interesting story, didn't know that happened.

Posted by: Scof on Apr. 24, 2007