It is a well known fact that sex sells. I posted earlier today about Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities in regards to Playboy Magazine without putting much thought into how many hits I would get. While my hits aren’t through the roof, I would say that 90-95% of the traffic I have got in the past 7-8 hours has been from searches dealing with “lindsay lohan playboy pictures”. As a side note, I once got a hit from someone searching for “two girls one cup full video” which gave them the post I did on YouTube and 15 Minutes of Fame. I wonder if they were disappointed.
I don’t know if I have said the before but I am doing this blog for a class on Sociology and Cyberspace. Hopefully I will continue it after the class is done as I enjoy doing it. In class on Wednesday we were talking about ways of increasing “hits” to our sites as there is a 5% bonus to the top 5 blogs in terms of hits. This would be a nice bonus but I’m not trying to actively seek such traffic by writing on top 10 lists, sex, celebrities or current events. I find it more enjoyable and a bigger a challenge to write on things that are interest to me.
This isn’t to say that I am attacking people who do these things. In fact, more power to them for knowing what people want and being able to write on it. Instead I find that I like to write on topics that I enjoy and they quite often aren’t the most popular things. The writing of this blog is enjoyable and challenging. I have written two other blogs and my style on those blogs are quite different. To be blunt they consist[ed] of offensive writing often laced with profanities. With this blog I am trying not to swear as much.
Sensationalism sells and I think this idea can be transferred over to some blogs. I don’t watch a lot of tv news anymore and don’t read the newspaper as much as I should. The last few times I’ve watched it I can’t tell if it is news or Entertainment Tonight or a bastardization of both.