There are 2 types of cat people in this world. Those that own cats and those that are really “cat-people”. You know, the ones with cat pictures on their cube walls, who drive around with their cats in their cars and knit cute little sweaters for them so they don’t get cold in the winter. While these cat addicts are fun and friendly in small doses, getting trapped in an elevator with one for more than 15 minutes may cause you to swear off felines forever.
Interestingly enough, there are also 2 types of bloggers. Those that have blogs and those that are truly “bloggers”.
The first category likes to own a blog so they can write an occasional rant, share a tip here or there, and maybe post some photos of a conference that they are attending. And then there are the hardcore, zealous, addicted bloggers who are consistently irritating their fellow employees with statements like “oooh…that’s a great blog topic” and “have you checked out my latest article?”. Yeah…you know them.
There’s nothing wrong with either type. They’re just different and they probably have significantly different goals. The occasional blogger likes to have a place for a creative outlet where they can share their experiences. The hardcore blogger often wants to make money, be perceived as a thought leader, find ways to attract new customers, or maybe just hit some very targeted number like “average daily visitors” or “RSS subscribers”.
The question is, which type of blogger are you and which type of blogger do you want to be?
In the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy’s famous (or maybe infamous) style, I thought I would put together a list that might help you determine where you lie in the realm of blogging addition. Feel free to answer the questions below, keeping score as you go, and see how you stack up. You get one point for each answer, unless it indicates a bonus point is available.
Feel free to leave your score in a comment and for you hardcore bloggers, be sure to check the “Comment Luv” checkbox so you also get a backlink to your blog 😉
The Test: You Might Be A Hardcore Blogger If…
- You send yourself 5-10 emails each day with ideas for new blog posts. (1 point possible)
- Your significant other has started wearing one of these as a means of foreplay. (1 point possible)
- You have stood in front of a magazine rack at the supermarket trying to determine how you would repackage the titles of magazines into new blog posts. (1 point possible)
- You are constantly tweaking your blog layout, trying new plug-ins, or cross-linking articles. (1 point possible)
- You have ever blogged from the toilet. Yes…you know who you are. (1 point possible)
- You have ever blogged from an airport tarmac, even though the flight attendant has told you to turn off your electronic devices. (1 point possible)
- You have ever written a blog article from above 10,000 feet. Bonus if you have ever published an article from above 10,000 feet…the blogging equivalent of the mile-high club. (2 point possible)
- You have ever interrupted a colleague mid-sentence to write down a blog post idea so you don’t forget it. Bonus point if you actually posted the article before resuming the conversation. (2 points possible)
- You spend more than 30 minutes each day slicing and dicing Google Analytics so you can figure out how to tweak your existing content to meet incoming search terms. (1 point possible)
- You read other people’s blog posts and immediately think “I agree and I should write a blog response” or “I disagree and I should write a blog response”. (1 point possible)
- You immediately stop what you are doing in order to respond to a blog comment notification. (1 point possible)
- You have ever had a spirited argument over the merits of Disqus vs. Akismet. (1 point possible)
- You have ever pulled your car over to the side of the road to email yourself a potential blog topic so you won’t forget. (1 point possible)
- You spend as much time reading through your Google Reader subscriptions as you do talking to people in real life each day. (1 point possible)
- You have thought of setting up a blog for your spouse or children so you can create a series of backlinks to help your SEO. (1 point possible)
- You have a crush or man-crush on Darren Rowse, Brian Clark, Mack Collier, or any other popular blogger. (1 point possible for each crush)
- You have woken up realizing that you were actually dreaming of a blog post or dreaming of a way to enhance your SEO. (1 point possible)
- You have had spirited arguments with others over the benefits of platforms like WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Tumblr, or TypePad. (1 point possible)
- Your co-workers whisper “that’s the blog guy/gal” as you pass them in the halls. (1 point possible)
- You are able to make an intelligent argument of the merits of the All-In-One SEO pack vs. the Platinum SEO pack for WordPress. (1 point possible)
- Your priest, pastor, or minister asked you to set up a blog because they heard you were “the guy/gal”. (1 point possible)
- Your boss ducks into a conference room when they see you coming so they don’t have to hear you preach to them why the company needs a blog. Bonus points if the conference room was being used for a meeting when they ducked in. (2 point possible)
- You feel guilty if you miss #blogchat on Sunday nights on Twitter. (1 point possible)
- You have published a blog post at 2am, knowing that no one was likely going to read it until the next day. (1 point possible)
- People know you and have referred to you by your blog name. (e.g. “OH!! You’re SocMedSean!). (1 point possible)
- Your friends are complaining that you’re not active enough on World of Warcraft or the PlayStation Network because your spending more time blogging. (1 point possible)
- You have posted three blog articles or more in a single day. (1 point possible)
So, count your points and here’s the scale:
0-10 points – You’re okay and your blogging habits are healthy. No need to consult a physician.
11-20 points – You’re a borderline blogaholic. You might consider another hobby.
21-25 points – You’ve gone over the edge. It’s possible that your family and friends are scheduling an intervention.
25+ points – You’re a lost cause and are probably making money, bringing in new customers, selling your eBooks, and considered a thought leader in your area of expertise. Congrats!
Have others? I’d LOVE to hear them. Keep the list growing with your signs of blogging addiction! BTW…I scored 24 and I’m positive that the intervention is being scheduled.