How did I get here?This is fairly off topic for me as this blog is usually just about my chess study or chess games. But Blue Devil had a recent post that made me think a little bit this afternoon. I was about to leave him a second long comment when I figured this would come out smoother as a post on my own blog. His post was about what one can do to increase traffic to one's blog. Though he says himself that he's not that concerned with getting traffic to his blog and doesn't think other good bloggers are either. In any case, it started to make me wonder how I came to visit blogs and start a blog of my own.
By this point I am so used to reading chess blogs, I don't recall how I found them in the first place. I'm sure that I googled something like "chess improvement" or "chess study plan" or something like that. One of the first blogs that I ever read was Sancho Pawnza and sidebar links opened up a wealth of new territory.
Certainly people who read blogs will find new ones by following sidebar links and going to the blogs of commenters, but what about people who have yet to come in contact with chess blogs? How do they get here?
So just now I googled "chess improvement" and here are the blogs that come up:
13. Fussy Lizard
14. The patzer's tale
17. Rook Van Winkle
etc. (Chess Confessions comes up 88, and I didn't have the patience to find The Back Rank)
Googling "chess study plan" turns up fewer blogs. So I am starting to feel at a loss for how I got on the chess blogging path. I also wonder how other people are doing it these days. What makes the chess blogosphere stand out of the background to your average web surfing chess geek? Maybe blogging in general is more popular than I realize and people are actually finding chess amongst the blogs rather than the other way around.
In any case, I've been enjoying chess blogs for over a year and I hope it continues.