Blogging for Dinosaurs: Part III
Admit it. If you’re reading this blog then you’re either one of two things: a blog stalker or a blog friend. Don’t worry. We are all blog stalker or blog friends. Some of my friends know I read their blogs regularly because I leave annoying or funny or sentimental comments (depending on my mood), while on stranger’s blogs I tend to remain anonymous. This is the glory of being a blog stalker—you can enjoy other people’s rants, ramblings and raves without having to participate. (Although, as I have encouraged in the past– it’s always nice to say “hi” and leave a comment. It’s good blog etiquette).
So, say you’re a blog cruiser who is really enjoying this whole new world of information, and you want more. More crafts! More travel tales
! More random passive aggressive note websites
or political chat
. You can find it here, of course, (and check out all my friend’s blogs on the right hand column!) or you can take matters into your own hands…
Which brings me to the point of this whole post: Blog search engines with the biggest being Technorati. So, if you want to get with the times then read up.
Wikipedia says that Technorati indexes 112.8 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media.
Interesting features to check out:
- For anyone: Check out the Top 100 Blogs in the World!
- For blog readers: Say you read a scathing article about Palin or Obama and you want to know what the blogosphere has to say about it. Use the Technorati Anywhere Bookmarklet. Sign up for a free account, then drag the bookmark object into your favorites toolbar on your web browser. When you read a blog or news article and want to find out what others think of it, just click the bookmarklet for a search! (I have not been using this feature, but read about it in my new Clear Blogging book– so all credit goes to the author)
- For blog writers: Claim your blog on Technorati and then add it to the blog directory! Need some motivation? The best part is that when you register, the “authority” button shows you every other blog out there that links to you or mentions you. Fun stuff. The more people linking to you, the higher your “authority”.
If you’re a blog stalker then this is your new ticket to finding new blogs to read. If you’re a blogger, this is your best way of finding new stalkers who will read your stuff, comment on how creative and wonderful you are, and generally give you a big ol’ popularity boost on the World Wide Web.
So, go on! Get registered and started searching!