Monday, January 17, 2005

person mildly annoyed by internet shock

I had a quick scoot around the internet news sites looking to see if anyone had anything better than the conspiracy theory (Six Apart orchestrated the power outage in order to encourage people to use their pay-per-blog Typepad) to offer by explaination. Admittedly, the time difference isn't really in my favour here, but I was mildly disappointed not to find anything, not even from Livejournal themselves ...

Although I did find plenty of news stories, but after Indymedia I gave up as they were all saying the same thing (do feel free to catch the hilarity over on slashdot) which was that sure, some people couldn't publish to their blogs, but these were unimportant people. Women, young people, artists, non-techies. No-one who matters. Heck, isn't it mostly full of Russians?

So, I was mildly annoyed by this. Not very annoyed, because I certainly do have one teenage girl on my friendslist, at least one Russian, some artists, and plenty of women (in addition to people like Kimya Dawson, Momus and Warren Ellis, who I think might be considered to have some mild celebrity status) and I'm well aware of my own unimportance.

Which is, of course, part of the point of having a Livejournal. It's levelling. Because of its low entry threshold, community features, friendslist, syndiction features and sheer pride in its own size, Livejournallers can't help but be aware that they're speaking from within a vast crowd. Even if this isn't always 100% visible from the ivory blogspots (or moveable type swearboxes, or I-tooled-this-myself castles) of the blogging elite (whomsoever they are this week), that's what everyone's doing on the internet.

So go ahead, peer down your nose. If you're short-sighted enough, you might not notice that you're looking at a mirror.

And here's a quick ego test: of the 2470095 active livejournallers out there, does anyone care about your blog enough to have syndicated you?

5 comments:

Damian Cugley said...

Given that even my obscure web site is syndicated on LiveJournal, this is not a very high threshold...!

Jeremy Dennis said...

Hmmm. I don't much like this comment format. Have to see if I can do something about that ...

Jeremy Dennis said...

That's better. Now for your comment: I'm not talking popularity tests here, I'd honestly expect most people to have been syndicated by LJ.

It's more of an "and if not, why not" situation...

fridgemagnet said...

Quite a lot of people syndicated me, but then I'd started on LJ and moved to MT/Wordpress.

And now I've moved back, because I'm difficult like that.

Pete Ashton said...

I've got 10 LJers reading me, compared with about 15 on Bloglines (more for the linklog) so I guess I'm doing okay.

Funny thing is, with most of the non-LJ-bloggers I know that are syndicated into LJ they were put there by Jo, often unawares. It's kinda like a club.

(The Blogger comment system does kinda suck, but it's pretty spam proof - the other common option is to use Haloscan's popup comment service which is less registration-intensive)