Why blogging is so 2010

June 7, 2014

Why blogging is so 2010

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Awolnation, Sail

 

This is how Jack does it

Jack, TheJackB, also known as Jack Steiner throws the click bait out there like a pro. Actually, I think he is a pro. He’s a problogger. More important than that – he’s a fine writer. His most recent pitch – what is your blog about?

I like to imagine that Jack is going to be a 12 week New York Times Best Selling author. Of course, he’ll help me get a fair and awesome contract for my pending novel – just as soon as he hits that homerun.

Meanwhile, I have to explain why blogging is not dead per se, but the sharp edge is gone. It has a bite as serious as a spoon. That’s not your fault. But your chances of making it big as a blogger (if you had sticky rice to throw and awesome sauce on the side) are as good as scratching off a $1000 cash prize on a lottery ticket. For those who don’t like the math, let’s just put it at not very good. It was highly unlikely in 2010. But if that was then, it’s worse now.

Blame it on the geeks.

I reflected on what a geek is here. I plunder the mojo of the new geek. And geeks got really, really mad.

 

This is how I show my love

It’s one way I do it. I deconstruct lies and delusions – especially those beasts by which I am, myself, self-deceived. Or was.

I plunder them like a pirate. If what I share here burns like salt on a raw wound – just imagine how I felt as I explored my own wounds with the imprecisions and derring-do of a 19th century surgeon.

Blame it on the ADD.

Even bloggers don’t read as many blogs as they did. If you don’t believe me, ask the invisible blogger. He can tell you all about them apples. Lesson number three from Bill’s long and successful career as an insurance salesman may apply to this post: Don’t look back.

If bloggers are not reading five to ten blogs per day, imagine how few blogs are read by ordinary people.

 

Moore’s Law

Moore’s law suggests that the processing power and speed of a computer doubles approximately every two years. I will suggest Moore’s Dilemma which implies that human attention, comprehension and knowledge decrease proportionately with the increasing use of computers in everyday life.

This is not sour grapes speaking. Nevermind that I miss the days when I had 100,000 people read one of my posts. And it didn’t happen just once. But those days are gone and I’m lucky if 20 people will read this post today.

We know this – people have less time, shorter attention spans and decreasing intellectual capacity as far as blogs or anything else goes. People think less and reading is a modern superpower. Have you seen the Will Wheaton Project?

TV, video and pics remain dominant communication formats regardless of the stylistic adaptations which reflect the accelerated and incoherent regressions of the internet. But, seriously, I never doubted that their sovereignty could be deeply challenged by text (or hyper text). Even the new Twitter format is a want to get out from under the deadweight of text.

People need it to pop. Who got time for the deeper thoughts?

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What’s the point of blogging?

I’m going to keep it simple.

 

1. Search position

2. Ad link landing site

3. Build up the credibility of your marketing message (or fraud)

4. Because you have something to say and no one in your offline to share your big ideas with

5. Because you have something to say and you don’t respect the opinion of those who give you offline feedback

6. Because no one in your offline respects your opinion

7. Because you don’t know about WOW or some other totally immersive, lifestyle MMORPG

 

Speaking in Tongues

That’s tongue in cheek, right? Maybe. And maybe is all I can honestly say about the subject.

Want audience?

Video is the shizzle. It is where it is. The audience. And I shall hope I’m very mistaken.

But the skills and equipment you need to rock the video isn’t as plug, play and fake as the blogging.

Just ask Yogizilla. Or check out Yomar Lopez, Fred Rojas (Gaming History 101), me and some other peeps hanging out uncensored one evening on TwitchTV.


Stan Faryna
7 June 2014
Fairfax, Virginia

 

 

 


Zombies, Self Defeat and Consequence. And other social media DOHs.

November 3, 2012

Zombies, Defeat and Consequence.

And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Moby, Natural Blues

Self Defeat

Something is not going where you want it to go. Not fast enough.

It’s not taking you where you expected to get.

Social Media. Blogging. Your job. Your relationships. Whatever.

You have dreams and vision, but the long road of hope smells like fingers – as Bill Dorman has said.

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Are we blogging yet? Confessions of a WordPress Creep. Part 1.

October 31, 2012

Are we blogging yet?

Confessions of just another WordPress creep.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Characters

Bill Dorman seems ready to throw in the social media towel. He seems to be asking, What’s the point? Of blogging.

Jack Steiner might suggest that there is no point, he writes because he must. Is he also saying, don’t write – if the words do not demand to be written?

John Magnet Bell labors over the hors d’oeuvres – obsessed with bite-size, tasty, ornamental metaphors that might possibly excite, titillate, and arouse you. To start your novel.

Myself – just another online… creep seeking beauty in myself, in others, and out there in the world.

More importantly, I am just another creep who uses more snark than is necessary, who stumbles and falls face-flat over the minefields of irony, happy facing, and ambiguity, and who unabashedly embarrasses himself in reiterations of a persistent and spectacularly naive (gawdy?) sincerity.

Radiohead, Creep

Plot

The four named characters have each publicly expressed a strong and compelling desire to write and publish separate novels that search for answers, coherence, and lucidity about each’s individual destiny, soul and experience. They consider that blogging and social media may serve this ambition (and other ambitions). None, however, are truly intoxicated by blogging. None blog in innocence – the kind of innocence that publishes every blog post with a bloody smile (to borrow an expression from Milan Kundera).

They have yet to apprehend the art of the blog (let alone the novel) nor do they own the blog post like a rodeo star who rides an incensed bull to the cheers of the audience. Like everyone else (A-listers included), they are caught up in the mad toss of rushing streams that come and go like flash floods. And in the absence of torrential rainfall, there is always despair, doubt and/or the fateful walking in ellipses – as apparent servants to an unfortunate Euclidian Geometry (not as masters of their own fate).

Questions

What is blogging? Is it art (the 21st century’s answer to the novel) or flimsy counterfeit (21st Century Kitsch)?

This question, above all, promises to release our characters and, perhaps, millions from the tyranny of unforgiving axes – major and minor. 

Is a blog lyrical, epic or both?

The lyrical is self-revelation. The epic is a discovery of the self in the contents contained out there in the world.

Does blogging serve Destiny?

The thing for which we are but shadows; that divine form which is ourselves, perfectly, and reminds us that, today, we are incomplete, unfinished and paltry.

If you, yourself, are a blogger, can you answer these intimate questions in a manner that speaks to Beauty and consoles (or uplifts) the human heart? If so (or not), I welcome your answers and contribution in the comments.

Stan Faryna
31 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania

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Are You Epic or Epidemic or [bleep]? And other social media DOHs

October 30, 2012

Are You Epic or Epidemic or Just Talking to Yourself?

And other social media DOHs!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

A lot of people talk to themselves. Twitter helped that along more than anything I know. But blogging is right up there. And, duh, social media in general.

If anything proved The Dunning-Kruger Effect, it was Twitter and, maybe, Justin Bieber. So the last laugh is on Dunning and Kruger because they never saw that coming. Or recognized it – after the train came and went.

Where was I?

Oh yeah – talking to yourself in public is now socially acceptable behavior. Corporations and brands are doing it too!

Isn’t that crazy?!

Ingrid Michaelson, The Way I Am

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It’s getting kinda hectic – episode ten of an epic sci fi story

October 24, 2012

A science fiction story about the end of the world, love, money, blogging, technology, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Six: Everything counts in large amounts
Episode Seven: Love Never Fails
Episode Eight: Princes of the Universe
Episode Nine: Technobohemian Dreams

Episodes and/or related writing are published on this blog – most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder when the next episode is published.

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Snap, The Power

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Ten: It’s getting kinda hectic!

Audience: Adult

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Rape of the Sabine Women (OR Zombie Apocalypse!): Episode 5.2

October 4, 2012

A science fiction story about the end of the world, love, zombies, money, business, blogging, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One

Episodes and/or related writing are published on this blog – most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder when the next episode is published. Subscriptions are free.

Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby

An incomplete picture of Picasso's Rape of the Sabine Women

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women

Audience: Adult

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The future of blogging is hot magenta. And other social media DOHs.

September 28, 2012

The future of blogging is hot magenta (aka fuchsia).

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

The future of blogging is hot magenta.

What the heck does that mean?!

The future of blogging is all about unlocking your potential (and mine), building consensus and driving positive change in our world – that includes you, me, and, maybe, everyone else.

The future of blogging is hot magenta.

It is an inexhaustible mission and opportunity.

The future of blogging is hot magenta.

That doesn’t mean blogging is easy.

Or that you’ll conquer the world, dethrone tyrants and oligarchs, or make money.

Or hit the ball out of the park – one out of 100 times. Or one out of 1000.

But anyone who says that blogging is dead or dying, they are lacking.

That doesn’t mean the question shouldn’t be asked – every so often.

But those who rush to the answer that blogging is dead, you will know that they have no heart. Nor hope. Nor do they love.

Know that they lack the heart to be the hero, the leader, the brother (or sistah) and the good neighbor… that each of us is meant to be.

Stan Faryna
28 September 2012
Bucharest, Romania

Postscript

Thanks to Jayme Soulati and Jon Buscali for inspiring this blog post. Listen to the podcast that inspired my thoughts here, here.


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