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I had this one sad little scammy-spammy message sent to my blog the other day. Clearly the example of Nigerian scammers is being followed by scammers all over the world – apparently in India in this instance.

One only wonders how people still get taken in by this cr*p?! Probably enough to make it worthwhile for the authors?

Dear sir,
Greets from Tamil Nadu,India and this is my humble request that as granted me newyork first city bank as per instruction I have to pay 2210USD then I have wire transfer the huge amount here sir,but we are inability at this moment and if you help me so as to pay to the bank on my behalf it is assure that while getting wire transfer here at that moment immediately to send to you without any delay the amount you have paid for me and never forget your help as this is for our live and my sons higher education sir,please kindly consider and help me sir as this is my golden offer and by god!s grace sir.Please help me sir one to help other in the world sir.I keep my words for ever sir,please believe cent percent sir.
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
S.Thirumurugan.

Quite a pathetic little message, really.

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We’ve decided to set up business blogs for each one of our key employees and link a feed from those to our website’s pages.

This seemed like a grand idea – I had a fair amount of experience of WordPress and was looking forward to writing a new blog. However we needed to create sub-domains (as in myname.mycompanywebsitename.com) for each one of us, and WordPress does not support this easily. So after a little bit of searching around we found Blogger that does seem to support sub-domains, and set up our new business blogs’ home there.

Arggghhhhh!

Honestly, 2 days into Blogger, I am so regretting we cannot use WordPress! For the life of me I cannot understand how even to find other people’s posts on Blogger. It seems you need to fill out your Google profile, specify your interests in a list or series of lists, and then click on those keywords entered to find people who write about the same stuff. This seems like a daft idea to me – what if I write something incredibly interesting today but that is outside my declared remit of interests as per my profile? No-one will ever get to read that!

I might be mistaken, but Blogger seems to not have the concept of a community approach imbedded in it. And that’s why I am not sure that us putting our business blogs there was a smart move for us – and maybe we will end up trying elsewhere later.

Anyone has had any experience of blogging on Blogger and do you think I am right in my understanding of how it works?

It’s pretty frightening to think that 2 months have whizzed past just like that. And to anyone who might have been aware of the existence of this blog, it will justifiably seem like CuriouslyInspired has vanished for ever.

Well, it is not quite the case. Only I have been so busy with our business stuff that I literally don’t know where the time goes, and blogging has unfortunately not been a priority.

I have recently been working on dragging our company into the 21st century communications-and marketing-wise. Hopefully that is all that we have been lacking, as since we are independent software vendors, we are in the 21st century already! So, a few weeks ago, we appeared on Twitter – and we are now setting up new blogs on Blogger. Those latter blogs will be far more personal in the future – I see no reason to hide behind a pseudonym anymore for myself. I will run my own blog focusing on project management. Still, CuriouslyInspired is not dead – I enjoyed the experience and the whole experiment, as this is how it started for me – it’s just that I never truly defined my own niche to make my own and to write about. Well, having had a break from writing, and having missed it, I would like to try again. 

So if any of my old readers are still out there, so am I….

Best,

CuriouslyInspired

I am not a long term experienced blogger. Mine was only started out as an experiment this September – I have to say I am enjoying the experience, if finding it a bit time consuming as it can be very involving. There are several returning readers and it’s great to interact with (anonymous) people around this planet and share ideas.

The reason my blog was an experiment is that I wanted to see how much interest there would be in what I have to say if I don’t promote my blog in any way amongst anyone who knows me. So apart from two close people in my family, no other friends or family know I am doing this. It feels quite liberating, actually, and yes as you can see from the stats I am getting a few hits, so obviously someone cares to read my stuff. Great!

But here is something that caught my attention the other day. Wired and several other sites are hailing the end of blogging. The key issue the author is noting is that compared to 2004, there are just too many professional journalistic voices out there in the blogosphere that make it nigh to impossible for amateur bloggers to get noticed. Many experienced bloggers are pulling the plug on theirs. And they advise others to reconsider starting a new blog or continuing with an existing one.

Another problem is that Twitter, a competing site, through limiting the number of characters to only 140 (that’s a few words only, right?), is very fast moving. It allows one to get to the point fast without agonising about the choice of words or the structure of one’s essay-like post.

This is making me ponder over the question of whether it is worth keeping my own blog going in the longer run – and what am I personally trying to achieve with it. As I’ve not got an established track record, no-one would notice me vanish back into obscurity 🙂  

Which feels a bit sad, as I am enjoying my newly found anonymous virtual life, and learning quite a few things en route whilst chatting to lots of people, so I won’t do this just yet.

Read the Wired article here.

Any thoughts on “decline of blogging” from the readers of this post? What motivates you to keep your blog or website going at the moment?

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