A Blogger’s fantasies

A Blogger’s fantasies

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 23 Sep 2007, 8:09 AM – 6 Comments

Note 1: These are in no particular order

Note 2: Not all bloggers have all the fantasies listed <<smiles>>

Fantasy #1: You think you are important because you are blogging.

Reality #1: A blogger can become important by his accomplishments. Blogging can enhance it. Well, there are some bloggers who are famous just by their blogging. You can try to copy them if you want to chase exceptions.

Fantasy #2: A blog post is important because you wrote it

Reality #2: A blog post becomes important if the blogger is important – refer to #1. Also, a blog post is important based on what is in the blog post – not just because it’s a blog post.

Fantasy #3: Having a blog is a status symbol

Reality #3: In 2000, yes. Now, there are more than a hundred million blogs. Go figure.

Fantasy #4: You can trick people to increase traffic.

Reality #4: It all depends on the blogger’s objective. Tricks and gimmicks can get traffic but don’t know whether that is the kind of traffic you want. My teacher once told me that clowns make people laugh in a circus but that’s not the reason for people to go to the circus.

Fantasy #5: You can exchange links with others to quickly get to glory

Reality #5: The only way to get links to your blog is by CONSISTENTLY writing well and backing that up with accomplishments offline.

Fantasy #6: If you don’t listen to me, I will threaten to blog about it

Reality #6: Blog is not a crutch or a blackmailing tool.

Fantasy #7: Everyone in the blogosphere is equal as everyone has a blog

Reality #7: Theoritically yes, practically – makes no sense. It is like a startup CEO with a 1-person company saying he has the same power as any CEO. A-listers have more power – whether you like it or not.

Fantasy #8: Because it “your” blog, you can write whatever you want

Reality #8: Of course, that’s true. But you should also be prepared to face the consequences and the impact on your identity.

Fantasy #9: Blogging can make you rich and famous

Reality #9: Blogging can definitely help but to be realistic, it has to be WAY more than blogging that will get you there.

Fantasy #10
: Blogging is the short-cut to reach a lot of people

Reality #10: It may very well be. However, for the other person to trust you, your public identity and the quality of your blog becomes important. It is one thing to get someone to visit your blog once and it’s a whole different thing for someone to visit your blog again and again.

Bonus Fantasy #11: Having a blog is cool

Bonus Reality #11: Having a powerful identity and a good blog is cool


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Viktor Prochazka  on September 23rd, 2007

That does make a lot of sense Raj :) thanks for the post

shilpa(aayisrecipes)  on September 24th, 2007

I simply loved this post. I feel we go from reality to fantasy soon after we know that our blog is getting 500+ visitors a day and 30+ comments per post. After 2 years of blogging, I have come to realize the points that you have mentioned here :) .Thanks for this post.

Blogging – reality and fantasy at Chowchowbath.com blog  on September 24th, 2007

[…] of many well known companies, inspires me to read his blog. In one of his blog posts titled A Blogger’s fantasies, he quotes some realities and fatasises about blogging which I refer to here for discussion […]

sabu mangalasserril  on September 24th, 2007

great blog !!! and great post !!!

Nähili Innovation  on September 25th, 2007

A Blogger’s fantasies list by Rajesh Setty…

Internet loves lists, I guess Internet loves useful lists even more. So, here’s an excellent list for bloggers, to remind about true ‘blogging values’. (Did I just say ‘blogging values’???)

I liked these 3 the most:


Skip Anderson  on January 10th, 2008

Fantastic! I like your take on the topic.

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