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Joel Klebanoff: Stuff & Nonsense

To worry is to be. To be is to worry.

Cornering the Web Content Market

I am a member of BlogCatalog (BC). I hang out there for two reasons. First, I’d have absolutely no life otherwise, so I like to kibitz with the people there. And, second, I use it to shamelessly promote my blog posts.

In a discussion a while back in the BC forums someone asked, “So, what inspires you to write?”

As is my wont, I answered flippantly. I said, “I’m trying to corner the market on Web content. I still have a ways to go.”

At least, I intended to be glib, but then I got to thinking, why not? Of course, I can’t monopolize the market because an unimaginably enormous volume of content is added to the Web every day. A wee bit of it is even worthwhile. Surprisingly, a lot of it is even more inane and/or trite than what I put out there. But consequential or not, a lot of pages are spewed onto the Internet every minute.x` 

So here’s my thinking. While I can’t monopolize Web content, I can create pages for everything with the hope that at least someone will stumble on them through the “long tail” of Web searches.

How can I create a page for everything? I readily admit that it will take a lot of time and effort, but it is essentially quite easy drudge work. I’ll start by creating an individual page for every word in the dictionary. Once I’ve finished that, I’ll create a separate page for every topic in a comprehensive encyclopedia.

Yeah, yeah; I know there are already online dictionaries and encyclopedias. But here’s my plan. I figure that if I can get the Guinness Book of World Records to affirm that I’m the most insane person on the planet that will encourage a lot of people to link to me, which will raise my standings in the search engines. Brilliant, huh?

Rather than spending a heap of money (i.e. a few dollars) on a new dictionary, I’m going to use one I already have on my bookshelf, The New Penguin English Dictionary (1996 edition). If you have a copy, you can follow along. (I planned to include an Amazon link here, but it seems to be out of print. You can find another dictionary to buy at the bottom of this post.)

So as to not get totally ridiculous, I’m going to omit prefix and suffix entries in the dictionary. And if one word has different meanings, I’ll probably group them together even if the dictionary has separate entries for them. 

Rather than making another exception for expediency purposes, when the dictionary defines a phrase, rather than simply a word, I will provide a commentary on that phrase.

Obviously, I can’t copy the definitions in the dictionary. That would break the copyright on the dictionary. Instead, I’ll write a commentary on that word, attempting to sate my flippancy appetite in the process.

Rather than doing a lot of programming to create another technology to hold this content, I’ll post my entries in a blog. Rather than cluttering up this blog, I’ll create a new one. In fact, it exists. I’ve called it the Words Project. You can find it here with a couple of entries (and maybe more by the time you read this) already there. You can also get there by pointing your browser to http://words.JoelKlebanoff.com.

(Don’t worry, BC friends, I won’t use BC to shamelessly promote each new word entry; I expect to have at least four every day. So, if you want to follow this exciting adventure you’ll have to check my Words Project blog often or subscribe to its RSS feed. If you want to know how to do that, please ask someone else. I’m pleading the old fogey defense. I haven’t the foggiest of ideas how to do that. I just know that I’ve enabled the facility.)

The countdown to when London bookmakers start giving odds on my giving up before getting to the letter B begins now. 10, 9, 8, 7, …


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  1. irkitated says:

    This amuses me! I wrote a post a while back on my blog about how much crap is on the internet and how every blog seems to be about writing a blog!

    Ill be following along and interested in the results

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