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Subcategories II (Megabloggery)

   Crossposted from my livejournal again. This is also my third official entry of my epic quest to catch up with the 30 blogs in 30 days crowd.

   I swear I'm developing a stockpile of ideas here OTHER than adding more speculation to my nonesense theories of bloggerdom, but in case you haven't gathered, I'm pretty hepped up on this new theoretical field. Yesterday I mainly focused on identifiable subcategories of underblogging, so today I'm going to illuminate the topic of megablogging. I promise after this I'm going to try to keep my theorizing to schoolofblog. For those who have no idea what the crap I'm talking about, see the entry which heralds this new era of my insanity.
   Let me emphasize that no, I'm not "becoming an lj elitist," these are not rules that one should try to follow, these are categories which attempt to describe pre-existant habits of lj users. When I speak of things that "ideally" and "should" be done, I'm speaking of efforts to attain the theoretical goal of megablogging, maximum readership. I am not becoming an elitist, I am becoming a blogologist. (=

   It seems to me, or at least according to what a scribbled on my bookstore reciept while on the bus today, that I have identified at least three categories of megabloggists. Again, megabloggery is the general writing for readership rather than to express what you've been up to ("attention whoring" if you want to be derisive).

   Let us start with what I've termed the flameblogger. These infamous individuals are commonly found in communities and try to gain attention through controversy. I had a rare encounter with one myself just today in fact. Kristy tells me I was just giving him what he wanted by responding, but hey I thoroughly enjoyed taking the unusual opportunity to thoroughly cuss at someone (if you know me you'll know how rare this is) and it would be petty of me to forego that pleasure merely to spite them.

   Next we have a subcategory with subgroups of its own. This is noveltybloggers. The three subgroups are pollbloggers, quizbloggers, & memebloggers. As you can imagine, the defining feature of these groups is that they find things on the internet and decide to post them, much like birds that collect shiny objects.
   nonmerci had this uncomplimentry but colourful description of the pollblogger in her eyes: "the pollblogger lacks any substantial content (whether that content be of a mega or underblogger variety), and is only able to supplement his/her journal by posting various livejournal polls that are only answered out of boredom and embarassment (as the pollblogger's friends are generally good samaritans who feel sorry for the pollblogger and wish to heighten his/her self-esteem). the pollblogger generally lives a vapid, innocuous existence, is oftentimes overweight and/or unattractive, and seeks validation through unhealthy online relationships. generally, the pollblogger will spend his/her days posting repeated polls, until either becoming a quizblogger (or a mixture of the two), an underblogger, or a permanent member of the realosphere. it should be noted that occasionally a pollblogger may elevate his/her status to that of a megablogger, but this is extremely rare and thus does not bear mentioning." (comment in schoolofblog)
   Personally I think pollblogging can be done well, and I really really don't see the point of memes that process outcomes entirely based on your username and one or two other inputs (as opposed to more complex ones that actually do calculate out interesting things based on real data). But I think its important that no valuative judgements be included in the blogosphere theory, it must be an objective science.

   Thirdly we have undermegabloggers. Yes I called myself a megaunderblogger initially, but on further reflection this category fits better under the general megabloggery hemiblogsphere, since the underblogs are characterized by very little concern for readership. I'd be willing to concede that perhaps there are undermegablogs and megaunderblogs.

   Finally there are megablogs proper, megablogs for megabloggery's sake, and the really succesful ones, the ultramegablogs, which have such a large audience that the author can't hope to interact with more than a small number of them. Examples of general megablogs include most of the participants in the 30 blogs in 30 days challenge (follow links elsewhere if curious, I've made enough to them already for now) or say our own citizene.

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