Sunday, December 06, 2009

Blogger Doesn't Care About Frequency Or Quantity Of Blog Updates

The process of "bidding" determines who is best suited to take on a given task, in some multi party games and relationships.

In the game of Contract Bridge, the players of the game get a chance to assess their personal holdings of the cards dealt to them, and the probable holdings of their prospective partner and opponents - and predict the number of rounds ("tricks") that they expect to win, in the game to come.

In the "game" of construction bidding, contractor firms get the chance to predict how much funds they will require, to perform a given project, given the chance by the firm bidding the project.

In both cases, different parties bid for the right to perform a task. Some would be blog owners think that procedure should apply to blog ownership.
I want this URL - It's the perfect URL for my needs - for my blog. The URL is in use, but it hasn't been updated, recently. Why can't Blogger give me that URL?

In the Blogger Name Availability "game", the implication is
The current owner isn't using that URL properly, and I know that I can do a better job!


Unfortunately, there is no bidding process here. Blogger, in This blog has been abandoned and I want its address says simply
Blogger accounts and Blog*Spot addresses do not expire. Therefore, we can't take away somebody's blog address to give to you.


Blogger isn't going to setup a bidding process, or a courts system, to decide whether a given URL should be reassigned to you, or to some other hopeful party. If the URL is in use, it's not going to be available. The current owner of a blog has the right and responsibility to decide upon blog contents, including how often and how many updates should be made to the blog.

Not so long ago, with the owner given the latter choice to make, my advice for getting the blog well known would be to "publish, publish, publish" - because the more publishing that was done to a blog, the more random "Next Blog" traffic would be directed to the blog. In November, 2009, that changed. Now, your blog has an equal chance of getting random "Next Blog" traffic if you publish daily, as if you published once, 5 years ago - and never again.

The frequency and volume of updates, to your blog, are irrelevant to the validity of that blog. If you believe that your readers will be happier with you publishing daily, fine. If you believe that your blog is just as good as it's ever going to get, that's fine too. It's your blog, and it's your decision.

And somebody else's blog is their decision - and Blogger supports that decision.
Blogger accounts and Blog*Spot addresses do not expire. Therefore, we can't take away somebody's blog address to give to you.


If you need a URL for your blog, pick one that's available, and make the contents of your new blog valuable. Value comes from the blog contents, not from the URL.

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11 comments:

dogimo said...

Good advice. Anyway, if somebody already has the URL than it can't have been so all-fired original and important and uniquely you, can it??

Cherrie McKenzie said...

I have noticed a huge difference since this new policy went into effect. I was one of those people who published regularly and saw my followers increase due to the "next blog" feature. Now I rarely see any new followers despite publishing at the same rate. I am not against letting people keep their URL but I am against competing against people who have abandoned their blog.

Chuck said...

Cherrie,

You're competing against everybody - basically the entire Blogosphere - equally. You just can't tilt the competition, by multiposting.

Cherrie McKenzie said...

You are right Chuck,

And that is why I am here learning more and also doing other things to draw people to my blog.

OldSkool said...

HEY RIGHT ON TO THE BUSY BLOGGERS and to those with "Bloggers Block" don't sweat it write about not being able to Blog it may lead you to a new world of self expression

The Photo Ninja said...

i don't mind if people keep their blog unused, but i wish there was some way to contact them to persuade them to sell their 'real estate'.

Chuck said...

i don't mind if people keep their blog unused, but i wish there was some way to contact them to persuade them to sell their 'real estate'.

Unfortunately, we are allowed to publish our blogs anonymously. So no, Blogger isn't going to harass somebody because other people want their URL. No posts in 1 week, 1 year, or 10 years, no contact.

Chuck said...

its a bogus answer - squatters rights will mean that later bloggers will end up with obscure names while ghost-town blogs live on into cyber perpetuity.

That's an interesting theory, Michelle.

How many blogs have you seen out there labeled "This blog name is for sale"?

If someone was going to squat on a name, and plan to make money, wouldn't he update the blog periodically, as part of the squatting technique? It's no work at all to make bogus posts, and stay well ahead of any inactivity classification bots. With the prospect of making some money in 5 or 10 years, and with no initial outlay, I'd do it in a second.

You wouldn't be one of the wanna bee squatters, would you?

Hekatonkheire said...

It's no work at all to make bogus posts, and stay well ahead of any inactivity classification bots.

What about all the one-post-wonder blogs that are, or will eventually be, owned by dead people? Does Blogger really intend to preserve their, for the most part meaningless, 'Hello, World!' posts forever?

Blogger doesn't have the popularity of the domain name system, and therefore doesn't have the problems they have with almost every intelligible URL being taken (Googling for 'Blogger + squat' gets only a handful of hits currently.) But Blogger also has no safety valve due to turnover from people being forced to payup or shutup. Eventually all these people are going to die, and I have a hard time believing that more than a tiny fraction of them are ever going to come back and free up their blog name. I would imagine that the vast majority don't even remember they ever had a blog.

Eventually, something will have to give. As old bloggers fall away, and new bloggers are discouraged from starting by the ever longer and more nonsensical names they have to choose from, eventually Google will start to feel it on their bottom line. And then we'll see just how highly they value blogs like pasta.blogspot.com.

Wood Hughes, ALC, CCIM said...

OK, Let's take an extreme example. 200 years from now, how many blogs will have been forgotten by their creators after just setting them up and not ever posting anything? Seems to me, the thought is good, but some moderation appears to be in order on this policy.

Chuck said...

Wood,

200 years from now, neither you nor I will care.

If you have a blog to start, pick an available URL, and start - today.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2009/05/value-of-your-blog-is-based-upon.html