Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Hell of a hoo-ha in the blogosphere

Don't get me wrong: I think Amatomu rocks. But if you rely on this site to let you know what's really smokin' (or who's smoking something) in the South African blogosphere, you're missing out on some juicy discussions. (Vincent, Matthew, how about a little gizmo that tracks the number of comments on individual blog posts?)

Two examples: The Sunday Times's Fred Khumalo is attracting a blizzard of comments from a smallish band of devoted fans, including Fred himself, Sarah Britten (author of The South African Insult) and others. Insults are flying, feelings are being hurt, academic qualifications are being trashed, commenters are stalking off in a huff... and very entertaining it is too!

Then there's Tertia Albertyn's blog So Close. When I first looked at this blog, I was mystified as to why Tertia won the top prize in the SA Blog of the Year competition. The design of the blog is dull (although it's up for a revamp) and the first few posts I read were humdrum mommy-and-baby stuff. Now that I click in to read Tertia's thoughts (and the hundreds of comments each post receives) every day, I can appreciate why her blog has become an international hit, with a massive following. It's painful, hilarious, raw, gutsy, heartbreaking and inspiring, and that's why gazillions of women (and some men) obsessively read it every day.

At the moment, there's a bit of a kerfuffle going on (also here) because Tertia apparently posted a 'before' picture of her breasts (she's having a breast augmentation, ie boob-enlarging, operation on Friday), took offence to some comments ('your breasts are fine as they are') made by users, and removed the post in its entirety. (A mistake, in my opinion; if you happy to let it all hang out, then be happy to take any comments on the chin).

To get an idea of her audience, have a look at Tertia's most-commented-upon post. For a taste of what makes her blog evoke such strong feelings in its audience, check out her most-Googled post (about the ins and outs - ha! - of circumcision).

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4 comments:

Vincent Maher said...

We thought about that, it's more complicated than it sounds so we've held off. I agree with you though, Ama isn't the final word on what's happening out there.

bec said...

I'm confused.

Vincent thought about breast augmentation?

Help me, Juno. Us poor Australians, we just blog for fun.

And I would love an email from you as I have some very, very important questions to ask you harking way back to my time in Port Shepstone in 1986...

ladies_lounge@optusnet.com.au

Juno said...

Thanks Vincent. It would be nice, though...

angel said...

i love tertia’s blog, and i fully understand her following… and as much as i love amatomu and afrigator and technorati… the rating slash ranking sites seem to go through phases of popularity (since bloggyworld is sooo fickle)…