My working theory is that at some point after your second year of blogging, your blog begins to take on a life of its own. It’s more than just that it demands to be fed with new posts every day, like an online Tamagotchi pet.
Bloggers start talking about their blogs as if they are another person and they even have pet names or acronyms for their blogs. Last summer, Doug Sorocco of the RethinkIP blog was in St. Louis and we had lunch. He kept talking about the “Artip” blog this and that. Gradually, I figured out that he meant RTIP. I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t know about his new blog and I resolved to look it up later. On the drive home, I finally realized RTIP was the insider name for RethinkIP.
I can’t believe the number of bloggers who have pet names for their blogs. I’ve started to refer to mine as DKB. Between Lawyers has, of course, turned into “BL” when we talk about it among the authors. We actually considered what the shortened or pet names might be when we named Between Lawyers.
Anthropomorphize is the technical term for this phenomenon.
So, to make a long story short, I was talking with my blog about the blogiversary week thing. It said, “Shouldn’t I be the one getting presents? Let’s face it, the audience comes to me, not to you.”
A fair point.
My blog then said that there were a lot of things that I had touched on in my posts (actually, it said “our posts”) in the last three years that it would like to learn more about. It then said that it would like to put together an Amazon wishlist so that readers could send the blog books and other items it was interested in.
Right. So, I said, “If you can make the wishlist, I’ll post about the wishlist in the blog and we’ll see what happens.” I thought that would be the end of it, seriously, but blogs can be innovative, insistent and persistent. Today my blog reminded me that today is its official birthday and handed me the URL to its very own Amazon wishlist.
Well, a promise is a promise, right? If you like my blog and want to send it a birthday present, you now have a handy list of gift suggestions. Send any gifts to me and I’ll pass them along to the blog.
Blogs really do seem to take on a life of their own.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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