Jan 11


Introductions.  Kramer enters.  Blah, Blah, Blah.  Leonardo DiCaprio freaking out.  Hurley (from Lost) saying “Dude”; every “Dude” from the Big Lebowski.  “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you”.  The part where the guy says the title of the movie, like from Family Guy.  The cast of Lost or Don Draper saying “What?.”  “Fascinating!”  Product placement. Shia LeBeuf saying “NoNoNoNoNo!”.  PeeWee saying the secret word.  Nearly every movie released in 2010.  Harrison Ford is worried about his family.  Many movies with the line “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Many more movies with the line  “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a ____ to ____.” “No signal!” “You look like shit”.  “F*ck You! [NSFW]” The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time.  Arnold screams.  Noooooooo! Every light saber opening and closing.  Action Movie cliches. “Get out of here!” “We’ve got company!” Every Zombie death in the Walking Dead.  Famous last words.  He didn’t make it. A whole bunch more, possible with some duplicates from the above, with still more in the comments.  Wilhelm screams and slow claps.

See also TV Tropes.

Sep 08

What is the value of experience as a blogger?

I would never put my “experience” as a blogger on my resume, but shouldn’t you?   I still bring that experience to a current or future employer, so isn’t it worthy?

In the beginning, I had to have a rudimentary understanding of html, TCP/IP, and be at least competent in computer hardware and software maintenance, use, configuration, and troubleshooting.   Once the decision was made to have a website, I had to select among a variety of storage sites, create a page, and upload it via FTP.

In order to drive traffic to said page, I had to understand both user behavior as well as how search engines work?   I had to   see the internet as search engine crawlers do – the titles, metatags, and alt text of images.

When it came time to start a blog, I had to decide what I wanted, and then look through the various platforms available to select the best one.   I had to know what I needed, as well as what I didn’t.   I then needed to select or design a template that was both functional for the user and the search engines as well as being aesthetically pleasing.   The design would have to follow contemporary usability standards too.

When it came to the content, I had to make sure I was putting up what people would consume.   My writing would have to be engaging and involving.   I had to learn to write copy.   I also needed to develop a voice – the content I wrote, synthesized, and linked to in fact became my marketing and brand.

That whole time I also had to keep track of my traffic.   Who was visiting?   What language? What days?   What times?   Where did they come from?   What were they using?   What ISP?   What browser?       What search engine?   What keywords?   What inferences could be made from these findings?

I also had to reach out to this community of stakeholders – be they readers, subscribers, other linking blogs, people who shared the same interests, geography, or sentiments, managing and enriching relationships.

The last part goes into strategic planning – what future directions would be tackled?   What lay ahead for the technology, the design, the material?   Will there be a revenue stream – does it matter?

The process of starting and maintaining a blog involved the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes of multiple disciplines and jobs.   By skimming the above, I can easily see competencies of someone specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO).   There are also elements that could describe a web designer, graphic artist, marketing, advertising, or communications specialist, a copywriter, a community manager, and traffic manager.

Having a blog may be seen as some sort of frivolous vanity project, but for someone who takes it seriously, even if it never generates any revenue, the value of the experience may be immeasurable…