Posted on | October 30, 2007 | 2 Comments
Most of the people who read my blog do so via RSS and never leave a comment. That’s O.K. by me, I enjoy knowing that I provided someone, somewhere with something (at least semi-interesting) to read.
I was hoping for more comments when I re-opened my blog. A service named Blogrush was getting quite a bit of attention because it promised thousands of loyal visitors who might be likely to comment (as per the hype). Many bloggers were complaining that they were kicked out of the network quickly due to not updating frequently enough, or crafting poor content. “Wow!”, I thought, “This is just the network for me!”
I joined Blogrush and I was approved within a few hours. The widget was neat looking, not at all obtrusive (however the article titles did push off the edge a bit). I’m a widget-paranoid sort of geek, I like to know where I’m linking. I clicked a few things in the Blogrush widget, what I found was not at all what I was expecting to find.
Many blogs that I visited through my Blogrush widget consisted of nothing more than very short, 2 – 3 line posts surrounded by advertisements. Other blogs that I visited through the widget delighted in using more profanity than R. Lee Ermey.
That sort of stuff is just not what I want to send my visitors to read, regardless of how many visitors the network sends to me.
So, after three minutes of membership, I e-mailed Blogrush and told them that I was removing the widget and why.
I never got a response, this was over a week ago. I’ll stick with good old word of mouth syndication inspired by quality writing .. oh , yeah, RSS too