Tuesday, 24 April 2012

And then this one time...

All this talk of BlogCamp recently is making me nervous. Like anything (like blogging) you've been doing for a while, people start to assume you must be something of an expert.

photo courtesy of Lachlan Donald (@lox)

Well I'm going to come clean. I'm not. I know a bit of stuff and I enjoy learning bits and pieces more. I've helped several people now to establish blogs of their own on a variety of platforms. But when the tweets start flying from events like BlogCamp I start worrying.

Here are just some of the things I'd like explaining, not all of them by any means confined exclusively to the world of blogging, but all of them with some connection.

First, crowd-sourcing as in 'crowd-sourced posts' or 'crowd-sourced speakers'. Now I think I might know what this means, but I'm never certain; nor am I certain why - if I've understood it correctly - it seems to cover groups of people ranging from the small to the unfeasibly large.

Anyway, next up is a word that I'm utterly baffled by. In fact, the word is 'word', key word to be precise.  Now I kinda know what these should be are but I always get the feeling that definition is inadequate. Because the so-called key words brought up on searches or when Google AdWords 'crawls' my site (urghh!) bear no resemblance to my blog content whatsoever. Let's just say I was using AdWords to suggest the key words most relevant to my site. Would they really be things like pie, balloon and bookcase? And if they were, what in the name of all that's good am I supposed to do with that information?

Next, Tags. And meta-tags. I assume the former is an online version of that game we used to play as children ('you're it!). And the latter? A bigger version of the same thing? Search me... but if you do, make sure you use an appropriate engine.

Permalink - like permafrost, something to be avoided at all costs I would've thought. Unless, that is, you know different.

Search terms. Of all the things that confuse me about blogging and the interweb of intrigue, this is perhaps the worst. I mean, how - please tell me, how - does the term 'first pregnant man' relate to my blog? I have, of course, used all three words on many occasions in sperate contexts. But never together. Never even in close proximity to one another. So how (a) does this search term get you here, and (b) does knowing that help me in any way? And there are worse, dear reader. Much worse.

Finally, there are those referring sites. Now Google I can understand. And Twitter too, and Facebook. But why some random coach hire company in London should be top amongst sites leading to Bringing up Charlie is perhaps the biggest mystery of all. Especailly as - when I search the site - I can see no reference to my blog at all.

You know what I need? I need BlogCamp. In the meantime, if you can help any any of the above I'd be very grateful. There may be cake in it for you.

14 comments:

  1. I agree, I'm totally at sea, too, with all of that terminology. I should put different meta tags for each of our products (over 100) on our website CMS. I'm afraid that words just escape me... and as for referring sites in Google Analytics there seems to be no rhyme or reason to them. I too have gone to the ones highest on the list, doing a search on their site for 'Orchard Toys'and drawing a blank each time. If they don't mention us, then how can they be sending so many people over to www.orchardtoys.com ?

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    1. You've already lost me Lynda... CMS? I don't speak the language!

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  2. I had the coach company one week but they obviously didn't want to go where I was going so didn't come back.

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    1. At least there's some logic in them linking to your blog Trish, but mine...?

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  3. I am so disappointed that you were not at blogcamp Mr A! I needed a partner when it came to the cake table and helping to make sure all was eaten ;)

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    1. Me too, Emma, me too. But it was in Birmingham and there are limits to where a chap can go in search of cake... and blogging tips.

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  4. LOL. I'm always a little baffled as to why my referring sites include some random Plumbing Supplies outlet in who-knows-where. I don't think I've ever blogged about U-bends...

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    1. Maybe you should, SES? Perhaps it's a way of the internet telling us we're blogging about the wrong things? I shudder to think what that means for my blog...

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  5. When you find out what all these mean Tim, can you let me know please? Thankyou. From: A confused blogger, Moscow...

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    1. Of course, PM, of course. But don't hold your breath, will you?

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  6. Where would you like me to start? :)

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    1. I wish I knew, Jax. There's so much I don't understand I can't even think up the right questions!

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  7. You have my company in your bafflement. My blog is the blameless ramblings of a vicar's wife, yet the seatch terms suggest I'm hight up the Google porn rankings. 'Does any mother w**k her son?' was one last week. Today, someone's keen to investigate 'Matron shaving'!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone Anna, in both the bafflement and the, er *other* problem either. Had some rather dodgy searches relating to girl guides at one time, although I did blog about girls joining the scouts so I suppose I asked for it. What have you been writing, I wonder?!

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