Friday, May 02, 2008

In Search of Some Blog Juice!

As I grow MyBlogUtopia organically and develop a very loyal group of readers and regular commenters, I yearn for the story or post that will bring me some "Blog Juice".

"Blog Juice" almost certainly means your post will get picked up by other bloggers, the mainstream press and maybe even the TV news."Blog Juice" is the blogosphere's version of "traction", "run" or the "scoop"; basically "must-read blogging". TechCrunch, GigaOm and SAI (Silicon Alley Insider) are examples of tech blogs that have "Blog Juice"; Bits and WSJ Blogs have the Juice in the traditional media; Huffington Post and The Drudge Report in politics and Scot Wingo and Ina Steiner are examples in the eBay world.

Most every blogger dreams of the scoop that will create the "Juice" for their blog, that is why there are so many speculative, "sources say" blog posts. The strategy sometimes is to post as many stories as you can in the hopes that one of them sticks.It's a struggle to find a story that has enough impact, that you get the credit for breaking it. It's also difficult to drop a story that you can't confirm completely. You know it is happening, but you just can't prove it, so if you write about it and the story doesn't "break" then you lose some credibility.

I have to be honest with you, I look for stories like that every day, mostly because this is what I do all day. I get tips that I can't confirm and I'm just not ready to go out on a limb yet. Or tips that I hold back like the "Best Match Hack" because I want to see how it plays out before I do and then Wingo scoops me; Damn you Scot!

I know many of my readers don't read this blog for those types of stories, and I will continue to give you my 12% on the topics I believe will be of interest to you, but I really would like to break that story. I am working on something now, it’s close, but no confirmation, yet.

Sorry for the rant, but it’s a Friday and my mind is wandering.

Just my 12%


Anonymous said...

Randy this blog is the best eBay blog no matter how many readers you have... Keep on raking that muck!

Rich said...

I hear they are adding a Pullitzer Prize for blogging Randy. There's a goal for you! ;0)

Imagine the press that would get !

ms.pat said...

Randy - its good to hear the real side of the story and I can depend on your to dig it up. I would love to see the comparison between a sale on Amazon and the exact same item on Ebay that "brews" posted on the ebayinkblog - I can't find it and can only think that ebay had it pulled. Can you post it here please?