Friday, October 29, 2010

The New "Next Blog" Link Is Lame Because (Insert Complaint Here)

The new Next Blog link has been out for almost a full year, and we still see daily complaints.
When I press "Next Blog", I get only religious blogs (My name is Jude).
or
When I use "Next Blog", I only get blogs in Spanish (I only speak English).
or
"Next Blog" is boring now - it only gives me "crafts" blogs by American housewives (I hate crafts blogs).
These are all complaints by people who want to randomly surf blogs, but don't care for truly random results.

If you can't accept random surfing results, try less random surfing techniques.
  • Blogger Profile surfing.
  • Following surfing.
  • Google Blog Search (Advanced Mode) surfing.
Focus your activity just slightly, and see if you don't get better results.

If you start your "Next Blog" surfing from your blog, and don't like the results, put more content into your blog. The more focused your blog content is, the more obvious your abilities and interests will be to "Next Blog" too. Or start surfing from any blog that's more mature and better filled out.

There are better ways to surf Blogger blogs - just ones that are not quite so convenient or tempting - or impulsive.

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2 comments:

VDay NQ said...

because I never use it. I code it out.

Jan said...

I would say that my blog http://jamjaragain.blogspot.com/ is not too restrictive with it's content, yet that doesn't seem to help with the Next Blog feature. I still end up with American craft blogs, or American God-fearing family blogs. Maybe that's because there are so many of them? In any case if the Next Blog button is supposed to be random, then random it should be and not get stuck in a theme. Sometimes I don't want to search for a particular type of blog, I just want lots of different ones.