If You Blog Just One Thing Today

April 7, 2008

If you blog just one thing today, what would it be? This has nothing to do with being shipwrecked on an island where you get to pick a handful of posts to take with you on that island. No it’s simpler and harder.

Every day your blog can be another entry into your online associative array.

thepost = myhash[’bold lentil delillo’]

And if past statistical analysis is any indicator of future click-through behaviors then most of you won’t click on the above link. An associative array is retrieving “a datum using its key”. In this case the key is “bold lentil delillo” and voila – I can find my post on DeLillo’s Underworld. Yes I read it. Five years ago. Yes I really like those quotes. Could I find those exact quotes (and three words) before without digging through bookshelves and boxes? No I could not.

Once it’s a blog post though it’s everywhere and nowhere.

It took me a while to get through Underworld. It was a hard read post Sept-11 and yet the prose still resonates years later. The quotes, notes and words though are not a tag. They are not a one word summary or attribute of an object or element. They are a condensation of certain elements of a reading experience. Shared with anyone but probably not that many people.

But if one use of a blog is to sequentially post things so that they can be found effortlessly at some future date, then don’t get so stuck on having nothing unique to say – what do you want to remember? How to do a specific type of screen shot? How to spell mnemonic? Anything. The blog name plus the post content plus a search engine equals a different approach to blogging. It’s not about readers. They can come as they want but it’s about simply being able to find stuff. You can organize it and auction off later (if you want to)…

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5 Responses to “If You Blog Just One Thing Today”

  1. BleedSnoot Says:

    Does it work for commenters too? I can never remember the hours of my local library. If I use: thecomment = myhash[‘BleedSnoot library’], is that suitably obscure to yield a single hit? I suppose it all depends on if the comment is viewed as commentspam.

    Let’s talk about compression: I typed [ hours library] into my Google toolbar and the answer appeared as first result. That was 23 characters(including spaces). The proposed search is 18, a little more than 20% compression. So that begs the questions, what is the shortest unique, memorable identifier to use as a posting name*?

    oh, by the way:
    Regular Hours:
    Monday 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Tuesday – Wednesday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Thursday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    *google hits for bleedsnoot = 1
    I tried several 4 character, consonant+number combos and all yield surprisingly many hits, some even had domain registrations so I suppose it must be more than four.

  2. boldlentil Says:

    So this comment was not flagged as commentspam & magically removed from my sight/site. Let’s see how this get’s indexed… and 18 characters vs 23, you know I’m just glad to find some of this stuff given any number of key strokes – plus there are other ways to auto-complete the name space. Now you’ve got 2 more hours to get those overdue DVDs back to the library.


  3. […] is the quest for information caches hidden in obscure comments. Previously a commenter suggested that they could associate the hours for their local library with an obscure username and a […]


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