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This is an attempt at creating a personal blog, feeding the new blogging fad. It started tonight as a silly idea. No idea where it'll go. Nowhere, probably.

Is my blog really all alone?

Several weeks and I haven't posted, as predicted. However, I am away from home on a business trip, bored in my hotel room, and decided to conduct a little experiment.

You see, I know that many blogs have become quite popular, get dozens if not hundreds of visits every day and comments gallore. What I do not know is how these blogs get to that point. What makes them popular? How do people start visiting them when they are "born"?

Take this blog, for example. I had one comment on my first post right away. I asked the lady how it is that she found me and never heard back from her. I am guessing there is a list of "The newest bloggers" somewhere in blogger.com and that's how she found me.

But my blog is no longer new. It keeps being boring and pointless, but it is no longer new. Is it really sitting somewhere in cyberworld where nobody can get to it unintentionally? How will people find me now? Will there also be a "Latest posts" list?

... and this is where my experiment comes in!

If you are reading this post, could you please let me know how you found it? Thanks in advance to all that contribute!

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  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    October 12, 2006 4:59 PM  

    I found your blog through your comment on an E61 blog. Yours is a nice blog, keep going. top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    October 12, 2006 5:15 PM  

    I guess I am just discovering how people find about other people's blogs. You go to their blogs and post there, begging people to come check yours out. :)

    Thanks! top

  • Blogger Emily says so:
    January 29, 2008 1:10 PM  

    Your blog was the first one listed in Google on E61i camera samples =) I am very interested in the phone, being an amateur photographer I was hoping the camera would be an upgrade from my current *ahem* 3650 =P Kind of disappointed that the camera isn't as good as the one on 7610 though.

    Nice blog by the way =) top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    January 29, 2008 1:35 PM  

    A 3650? Oh, God! The camera on the E61i is not that great, but just the O/S improvements over your 3650 will make you forget the camera! :) Just kidding. If a quality camera is a priority for you, the E61/E61i may not be the right phone for you. You should wait for the replacement, which is already in the works (dubbed E71 for now; you can Google it), which should have a better 3.2MP camera, or, even better, the upcoming Nseries QWERTY device, with a 5-6MP camera. top

  • Blogger Emily says so:
    January 29, 2008 9:06 PM  

    The camera quality isn't that much of a priority compared to the ability to edit document and excel files. I am not that big on autofocus cameraphones either as speed is more of a concern for sneaky shots ;P I have some questions on the phone if you don't mind...

    1. How long does it take for the phone to snap a picture without being blurry? For example I read N73 takes about 8 secs from accessing camera on!? o.O
    2. Is E61i too wide for one handed use? Say, typing a text message.

    I am too much of a cheapskate, I'll probably be using that nearly 5 year old 3650 until it dies on me =D top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    January 29, 2008 11:35 PM  

    My E61i takes about 2 seconds from the moment you press the key to the moment the picture is actually taken, which, to me, is unacceptable in a Nokia. Both my 7610 and 6682 take photos instantly. Nokia obviously had business on hand when designing this phone and the camera was the least of their priority.

    Unless you have very small hands, the E61/E61i is not too wide for one-handed use. In fact, I type on it as I drive all the time (which is not something I recommend, but it does help me make a point here). There are, however, cases in which you need to use both hands. Since the phone doesn't have "sticky" keys. You can't press Shift first and then the 'a' key to type a capital 'A'. Instead, you need to keep Shift pressed as you press 'a'. The same applies to symbols and foreign characters. This is better implemented in Windows Mobile devices.

    I hope this helps. top

  • Blogger Emily says so:
    January 30, 2008 12:44 AM  

    Yes it helped a lot especially the 'sticky keys' part. So far no reviews I read mention anything about it =/

    2 seconds is indeed too long for a focus free camera. I forgot to ask earlier, is it possible to disable the camera's shutter sound? From what I read in forums, it is impossible to do that with E51 unless a third party application is used.

    The rumoured E71 looks very good, I especially like the supposedly reduced size. I routinely input a lot of information into my phone that sometimes T9 doesn't feel adequate enough, hopefully QWERTY will make things better. top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    January 30, 2008 9:50 AM  

    Emily, regarding disabling the camera shutter sound, you will find different responses in forums and that's because there *are* different behaviors, depending on your product code. Mine, for example, cannot be disabled even in Silent mode (I have a U.S. product code), which I find very annoying. I, like you, love taking candid photos. My only solution is to be in a noisy environment and cover the speaker with a finger (it's doable) or use another phone (Palm Treo 750, most likely). What some people do is change the product code (which is not as simple as going into the settings and changing there and requires special tools).

    Regarding that third-party software, I've used it. It's called cCam and it's a VERY poor excuse for a camera application. Not only does it not take videos, but it also doesn't let you change the save location, change resolution, use night mode, timer, etc. top

  • Blogger Emily says so:
    January 30, 2008 9:27 PM  

    Oh my, that shutter sound issue seems like a real deal breaker... Couple that with a slow response and grainy picture too =/ Got to remember to try it out at phone stores when I fondle one.

    About cCam, what do you think of the picture quality?

    PS: Do you mind this off topic chat in your blog? >_< top

  • Anonymous Rezanator says so:
    May 26, 2008 10:31 PM  

    clicked on your name from a BGR comment because I found it interesting looking... you know what they say about curiosity :P top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    May 27, 2008 8:04 AM  

    Rezanator, we need to have that E71 NOW, don't we? ;) top

  • Blogger Ivar Brekke says so:
    July 11, 2008 8:40 AM  

    Hi Razor!

    Nice design on your blog, I really like it! I noticed it after reading your comment on my blog :) You should probably write some more posts, content is key to getting those readers...

    You still have the E61i? Are you going to get the e71? Im writing this on my ipod touch, have to say that the OS is great ;)

    I still havent desided if I should get the E71 or the new iPhone, what do you think? top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    July 11, 2008 10:14 AM  

    Hey, thanks for the nice comments about the blog. As you can see, I never update it anymore.

    Yes, I still have the E61i. In fact, I still have my black/red/silver 7610, two 6682's and my E61 as well (besides other non-S60 phones). I rarely get rid of a phone and never get rid of a Symbian phone. :)

    I don't know you or your needs, but judging by your comparison, I'd say go for the iPhone. Coincidentally, the iPhone 3G came out today, I'm sure you know. top

  • Blogger Tek says so:
    August 05, 2008 4:39 PM  

    I found this blog by searching google.co.uk for "e51 software" top

  • Blogger Razor1973 says so:
    August 05, 2008 4:48 PM  

    Guess Google UK saw me coming. I just did the same search (with and without quotes) and went through the first 10 pages and didn't see me. hahaha top