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August
17
2007
9:14 pm
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We all mature and learn important things in life’s journey.  Some of it has to do with motor skills, others have to do with finances, some with relationships, some with family.  They each have milestones – for example with finances you might get to the point where you save enough to buy your own toy.  You get your first report card money.  Other milestones include getting your own checking account, writing your first check, getting your first credit card, buying your first house, bouncing your first check, getting your first late fee, declaring your first bankruptcy, embezzling your first million, etc.

Blogging also has its milestones.  Today I got to 3rd base with blogging.   

1st base

You get to 1st base by having your own blog.  Some people TOTALLY mess this up – they start a post or two and then forget about it.  Or they let months go by with no attention.  Maybe they’re boring; maybe they’re too personal.  Maybe they get upset because there’s not a lot of return interest in their blog (why is no-one paying attention to me! I’m witty and personable DAMMIT!)  But you gotta realize, when you don’t have any real instruction, diving into 1st base with no help is like drowning in the slickest quicksand you’ve ever seen.

2nd base

People who have a little experience (or who grope in the dark) know what it’s like to be at second base – getting people other than yourself to comment.  This is a wonderful time in your blogging youth, where you feel validated, exhilarated and PUMPED UP.  Your heart races because right there, RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU, is a real-live comment.  Someone not only read what you wrote, but they participated!  You’re no longer going at this alone – you have a partner.  That one partner quickly increases to two, then three, then after a while you lose count.  And, doncha know it, once you’ve had one commenter, you search in earnest for your next.  And the next.  And after while, you expect the commenting on a regular basis, and when you go without some for a bit, you begin to feel neglected.

3rd base

Guest-posting for someone else’s blog is 3rd base.  This is hitting the big time, and a lot of people never make it here in their entire lives (poor things).  While you can sometimes “steal” 1st or 2nd base, you generally can’t get to 3rd base without a willing partner.  And having multiple partners really livens things up.  This is why I’m so excited – I’ve made it!  And those who know Hilly know that I didn’t do too shabby either – she’s quite the hook-up.  Some people also count others guest posting for you as 3rd base, and if the blog-ebrity is large enough, it can count.  For example, if I got Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) to guest post for me, that’s like the best 3rd base ever.

I’ll leave it to the reader’s imagination to determine the appropriate analogy for Home Run, but to give you an idea, Dave2 is a gigolo.

Thanx Hilly!  I’ll always remember you as “my first”.

And lo, the people did comment thus:

11 Comments

  1. Hilly says:

    Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve been someone’s “first”! I thank you for giving me the cherry-popping honor as well. I am glad your blog is back in business too :).

  2. Hilly says:

    Allrighty darn it (you’re welcome for the PG language, btw!)…why doesn’t my Gravatar show up here? Grrrr.

  3. whall says:

    Thanx again Hilly!

    Re: the gravatar — I have no explanation. Avi’s, Michelle’s, and others all have issues. Some do and some don’t. I still haven’t figured it out, but now I’ll double my efforts, I swear.

  4. Catherine says:

    Ooo, I love your comment thingy! This rocks. Anyway, this has nothing to do with your post, which is terrific btw, and hi Hilly, but I have a word I just made up, and although it is a bit over the top, it made me think of you right away so here it is: I was asked what I was fed up with about myself; my answer was, “my own procrastinatoralitousness.”

  5. Dave2 says:

    Well thanks a lot! I borrowed some children to come read your blog with, so I could experience a “children friendly site” properly. Now I have to explain to them what a gigolo is…

  6. michelle says:

    Well Dave, thank god you aren’t showing the kids my posts out here. 😉

  7. Avitable says:

    So, what’s a home run?

  8. michelle says:

    Home run is when you hire a hit man to take out the blog owner and take over the blog yourself, posing as that person.

    Bonus round: Pose as that person and alert the feds with all kinds of inappropriate posts.

  9. whall says:

    Catherine, glad to have your lexical assistance!
    Dave2, Yup, that word slipped through. I took extra effort to make sure my baseball analogy was clean but could be taken otherwise by a like-minded reader (ie, it’s only “dirty” if you’re dirty), but I also notice that you commented at 3am! What kind of example are you setting?!?!?!
    Michelle, thank god indeed. You don’t want the kids started on Dr. Natura THAT early
    Avitable, I really was at a loss for the proper extension of the analogy. I would suppose it would include the celebrity aspect of being a blogger, like maybe having 10,000 views in a day, or being mentioned on TV, or WAIT I GOT IT! It’s when someone else mentions your blog to someone else and they have no other tie between them. IE, I wore my “a little geeky” shirt from blogography and someone else recognizes it. I was hoping for others to help me define it, and it seems Michelle has come up with one definition.

  10. whall says:

    Hilly, I have temporarily fixed the gravatar thing – it’s related to caching of gravatars. It’s not creating the cached gravatars anymore. I turned caching off, and bamo – they all show up but of course it’s slower to load the pages. My ISP won’t let me change the group of my directory (whats up with that?) so that’s probably the issue. I definitely want caching back on, for no other reason than performance.

  11. sue says:

    YAY! Your site WORKS! Whoo-hee! Um..oh, yeah…and congrats on getting to 3rd base. Does it count if you are asked but you can’t figure out how to do it? (Yeah, me. Once. A long time ago.) Okay, gonna go link ya now. *hint*

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