Gordon Gould has an excellent piece on being Micro-Famous: Defining and redefining success in the blogosphere.
In it, he says:
Some people may object and say they create their blogs for purely personal, introspective reasons. In some cases, I am sure they are correct, but I think most bloggers are extroverts and want the notoriety a blog can bring. For the extroverts, if no one ever reads their blog, or comments on it, I think most will give up blogging.
This is me. I am an extrovert. I recently did a Meyers-Briggs Personality Test and scored a 10-0 on the extrovert/introvert scale. Much of my blogging is strategically done to get attention and to engage people in conversation, with the end goal of being "known" or "famous".
However, It isn't easy and it hasn't happened yet. I have a small following of people, but wouldn't consider myself a power-blogger. So, my reach isn't meeting my ambition. I am not much of a quitter and don't intend to stop blogging, though. Nor do I think I've put the work in to earn a solid reputation, yet.
So, how do I get there? Gould suggests being Micro-Famous:
For the average blogger, fame-as-success model needs to become pride in publishing on what is effectively the new refrigerator door. It needs to move away from being stack-ranked against bOING bOING and become much, much more socially localized. We need to encourage the concept of micro-fame among one’s peers, friends, and families. This is both a technical infrastructure change and a social redefinition.
He says he isn't too sure of how to do this, though. Here are my thoughts on how to go about it:
I think the first step is saying that you want to be micro-famous (of form a group) if this is what you want and then start asking people to join you. I mention weblogs to everyone I meet. And when I find someone that is interested in linking to me, I check them out and link to them. In other words, my readers, become the people I visit. Together, we can grow a micro-community. When people read and comment on my weblog routinely, they are obviously interested in what I have to write. If I return the favor, a two-way blogging relationship begins. Being micro-famous is just about having a lot more of those two way blogging relationships. Being famous is about having more of those two-way blogging relationships with the people that have more of those two-way blogging relationships.
Matt Welty is the first strong two way blogging relationship I've built from his initation since I've started this blog. I also have one with Judith Meskill based on all of the commenting I've initiated with her at the social software weblog, since she started that blog with weblogsinc. And I have a few from my days posting to the eureksterblog. I've attempted to initiate other two-way relationships (and I maintain a few), but I've tended to do it at weblogs that are already quite popular... to little avail. In these cases, the attention that that blogger gives to me is less than what I provide and I end up feeling more like a fan.
So, I am still looking for more. I'll be starting a blogroll and placing it here as I create more two-way blogging relationships. Is anyone interested in being micro-famous together?