December 08, 2005

Fire, meet gasoline.

It’s been a while since I’ve done anything to piss people off, on here. Yet I can’t help but to bring up something that really annoys the hell out of me. It’s something that many of you do or have done in the past. What is it?

Guest blogging.

I can forgive typos, bad spelling, poor grammar and slang (Hey I’m probably the king of grammatically incorrect misspelled slang with poor grammar!). When I go to a blog and I see a post up by someone other then the blog owner, it irritates me. The reason I go to that blog is so I can read the posts by the normal author. If I wanted to read these other people’s posts, I’d go to their site. If they don’t have a blog of their own, then someone needs to twist their arm a little.

Now before you guest posters go off on me, I’m not saying I don’t like what you wrote. What I’m saying is that I go to that person’s blog to read their thoughts, not yours. Normally when I see a guest post, I just hit the back button and go on to the next blog as if the author has not made a post that day. What, I might be missing out on a great post? You’re correct I might, but I can honestly say I’ve never picked up a new read based on a guest post. I’ve always picked them up based on recommendations or links to a post on their own blog. When I hit my blogroll, I have a limited time to check them all out. When I’m finished, which is rare anymore, I go on to look for new reads. Seeing as I can barely keep up with my blogroll now, I want to make sure I hit all my regular reads before I start looking at new ones.

I understand that many people get guest bloggers while they are away just to keep traffic up. Admittedly, I am a statistic junky. I don’t know if you’ve noticed all the crap in my sidebar, but I’m tracking everything. Yet, I don’t see how you not posting for 1-3 weeks while your on vacation is going to hurt your overall traffic. Yes, while you are gone it is going to drop off. Nevertheless, your readers will return once you do. It has every time I left for a while.

I’m seeing this trend more and more often. In fact, I was recently asked to guestblog for someone while they where away. While I was honored that they not only trusted me with their blog, but that they also appreciated what I did here enough to ask me, I had to decline. In keeping with my beliefs, I could not guestblog somewhere else, while refusing to read other guest bloggers.

This is why I will never have a guest blogger here. Also, this is my blog; it is an extension of me. It’s where I spew forth my toxic and corrupting thoughts across the internet like a bad STD. If I let someone else post here, it would be like giving a piece of me up. This hastily assembled HTML island in the tumultuous sea known as the internet is MY safe harbor. When all else goes bad, I can come here and get away from all the other problems in the world, and focus on me. Why would I want to give a piece of that up?

I know not everyone will agree with me, but what are your feelings on the subject? Am I the only one that feels this way?

Posted by Contagion in Rants and Raves at December 8, 2005 12:54 PM | TrackBack

actually, my guestbloggers were as much to entertain me as anyone else. It really wasn't about the traffic for me.

Posted by: caltechgirl at December 8, 2005 12:11 PM

I like them. THey may be bloggers I'd never read and that opens me up to their blogs. Or they may suck, in which case, I don't visit their blogs!

Posted by: Oddybobo at December 8, 2005 12:17 PM

I don't mind guest bloggers. I usually get a kick out of seeing what they come up with to put on my blog. Being it is so family oriented. It doesn't matter that I'm gone, I just find it entertaining.

I haven't mind being a guest blogger on some blogs... because I can do something totally different than what I do on my own. But now I have a new home to do this and won't need to guest blog to get that 'release'. Won't see me guest blogging any more but you will find guest bloggers at my place occassionally.

And usually that will be either to update you on me and my family when we have no power after a hurricane or some other item of that type.

But to each his own. The fun of being different.

Posted by: vw bug at December 8, 2005 01:22 PM

Psst! Tag, you are it, again!

Posted by: oddybobo at December 8, 2005 01:30 PM

My dad guest blogs for me. I've never asked anyone else. We are very much alike and he has some funny stories as well as his take on me and what he calls 'the rolling ball of noise'.

I will eventually ask Mom, TN and Morrigan to guest blog for me. (I only have guest bloggers during hurricanes.) I haven't yet out of laziness in having to explain how the whole blogging thing works. I am an extension of each of them in some way. We are family and share the same sense of humor.

But I ask because it is my blog and I write for me. I know if they guest blog, I will still laugh or take in their opinion. In my head, what they have to say is another facet of my voice.

I have no qualms letting my blog go dark when I don't feel like writing or if I'm going on vacation. I write for me.

Posted by: Bou at December 8, 2005 02:54 PM

I like Oddy's reasoning, and I can see Bou doing it during hurricanes so we can get updates on her and the family.

But I'm with you -- not much interest in guest blogging. I don't want people to guest blog on my blog because #1, I hate people, and #2, I don't trust anyone (especially what with this Free Dome fighters coalition conspiracy expanding).

Posted by: Ogre at December 9, 2005 05:49 AM

Having guest bloggers is only for people who are too cowardly to allow commment parties.

Which are FAR more entertainting :-)

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