With the advent of automatic feed and pings in the last eighteen months or so, it has of course been simple to expend the reach of a blog. I like many bloggers probably saw this as a good thing. Spreading the word to use a well worn cliché.
So in my haste to be read, I had my blog doing all sorts of wonderfully automatic technical things. Normally as easy as clicking a single button. ‘Feed your blog here’, click, done. How hard was it to refuse?
However, after some six months or so, I have realised the down side to this, and am now back tracking. Fast. The problem is simple. These feeds dilute your blog’s social grouping and commenting. So I ended up with my one blog being fed to some eight others all with separate subscribers and comments. This is where the technology really fails. It is impossible to unite these subscribers and their comments. Another downside was that each blog site wanted to get in on Twitter, and used my profile to add Tweets advising of a new blog posting. But, it was the same blog post! Annoying for my followers.
So I am now retracing my footsteps and trying to find these ‘Feed your blog here’ buttons and un-click them. Not so easy to do as they are normally hidden somewhere in the site’s basement behind a locked door guarded by a rottweiler who wants your now forgotten password.
Luckily I’m very stubborn, and love dogs, so I am making progress. So if you are reading this blog from anywhere other than Derek’s Vandal Blog on Blogger, I suggest clicking over to there and you can join everyone else.
I am much happier now with my one and only blog again.