Hum Ek(One) Humare Dou(Two)-Blogily planning?February 18, 2006
I have been wondering how the old family planning dictum “Hum dou humare dou” applies to blogs. Being new to blogging, there was no alternative but to move around the blogosphere to not only get the feel of it but to announce to fellow bloggers that I was the new kid around the blog( read block). This middleaged kid was surprised to learn that some of my esteemed seniors have as many as nine blogs to their credit which ironical though it may seem in the “seniors” context, is a sign of youthful exuberance.
That reminds one of Bihar Ex chief minister, Lalloo Prasad Yadav’s nine children. When asked whether he believed in family planning, pat came the reply “ What else do you think I have been doing”. To digress a little, superb entertainer as he is wonder how lalloo would have responded to blogs:-
Hum bhi banayenge blogua( Blog)
Jaanenge us maadhyam se logua(log or people)
Ke fodder scam me hum nahi the thagua(Thug)
Hum CM nahi rahe, ee hume kya hoi gawa
Just as a pace bowler after a few years experience in cricket realizes that one can get more wickets on swing rather than sheer pace, it is quality and not quantity that matters. The general truism apart, success in life comes from knowing your niche instead of scattering your energy all over the place. If you have a kind of general purpose blog which you want to sub-categorize, I feel WordPress is a far better platform because it is administratively difficult to manage so many blogs simultaneously. That’s where “Hum ek , Humare dou” comes in because even with wordpress, it is not advisable to do more than two blogs initially at least. Besides, WordPress has several other impressive features like automatic linking, RSS and even some kind of arrangement with Techorati, which to my mind is the best search engine for blogs. All this is a boon to beginners.
I have plenty of experience in software implementation from which I have learnt that one should not immediately switch because sometimes a new software flatters to deceive or you may goof up initially in some respect. Though WordPress is good in every respect, some of the configuration is slightly dicey initially. Blogger is kind of “first love” as far as blogging is concerned and I hate leaving the platform. At the same time, the better features at WordPress cannot be ignored. I have been wondering whether it is possible to have the cake and eat it too i.e to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds or in this respect, remain with both. There are lots of people who have their anonymous comments switched off in blogger(as a result of which you cannot give them your wordpess link) and to remain in touch with such anonymous pals, why not stay with both? Legally, I don’t think anything is wrong with it(Hum ek humare dou again). Please comment.:-
As in the Blogosphere I try to find my feet and hobble,
I am having trouble
Deciding whether to stay single or double
Having two platforms may enable
To go global
I don’t want to do anything illegal and wobble.
No controversies please, I am here to have fun, to babble.
The other way out is the third front like in politics which http://www.greatbong.net/ and http://www.arz000n.com/ have shown recently by going for their own websites but I suppose for a newbie, one has to be pretty confident of one’s writing to pull that off because in the long run, one would want the site to be self sustaining or one would be reduced to singing the greatsong “ Dil ki ye arz000n hai ke koiii advertise kare…”