New York Magazine Prattles On about Blogging
So I read a bunch of articles about blogging:
They were interesting but I wasn’t overly impressed with any of them. It is considered cool to write about blogging because so many people see it as the next big thing. Or should I say that many people see as the last big thing as they are already onto the next big thing..
Anyway so many of the comments and articles about blogging are written by self-proclaimed experts who are ready to tell you how to become the king of all bloggers. All too often I see their comments as being nothing more than the obvious, but if it helps you pay the bills I suppose that it is a good thing.
But let’s go back for a moment as I want to comment on one part of the blog to riches story.
“But if you talk to many of todayâ€™s bloggers, theyâ€™ll complain that the game seems fixed. Theyâ€™ve targeted one of the more lucrative nichesâ€”gossip or politics or gadgets (or sex, of course)â€”yet they cannot reach anywhere close to the size of the existing big blogs. Itâ€™s as if there were an A-list of a few extremely lucky, well-trafficked blogsâ€”then hordes of people stuck on the B-list or C-list, also-rans who canâ€™t figure out why their audiences stay so comparatively puny no matter how hard they work. â€œIt just seems like itâ€™s a big in-party,â€ one blogger complained to me. (Indeed, a couple of pranksters last spring started a joke site called Blogebrity and posted actual lists of the blogs they figured were A-, B-, and C-level famous.)”
This bothers me. I didn’t start blogging because I wanted to become rich, wealthy, powerful and famous. I won’t say that I haven’t thought about that or from time to time hoped that it would happen, but it is not what drives me. The passion I feel is not based upon the thought that tens, hundreds, thousands or millions of people read what I have to say.
Would it be nice? Probably, but it is not what moves me. I think that the blogs that I most enjoy are those that are written by real people about real things. The humanity we share in common attracts me.
All I know is that I couldn’t have done this for the past 21 months if I didn’t love it.
Just my two cents.