Self-hyping confession: I was just going to add this link to my link blog (del.icio.us/rexblog), but then, as I read it a bit more closely, I saw that Steve Rubel gave me an extremely kind compliment by including me in a list of bloggers he “looks up to and reads.”* About that group, he says, “I can’t remember the last time they took a day off. Many, if not all of them blog weekends as well.”
When I read that, I felt the need to clarify something: This ain’t work.
I’m flattered, but I must admit, if I felt like blogging was work, I’d probably not do it. The fact is, I’m intensely (and professionally) curious about a narrow slice of a topic that happens to fall in a sweet spot of where some of the best blogging takes place: a topic that sits at the merger point of traditional and new media (primarily, as it relates to magazine publishing and marketing), journalism, online community and the technology, philosophies and strategies that are transforming them.
I also happen to be — and have always been — a voracious reader, a book-newspaper-magazine reading geek.
Somewhere along the way — back before most of what I read was delivered digitally — I started constantly taking notes about what I’d read. Writing my observations became a part of reading. Also, I’ve always taken lots of notes in meetings — no matter what kind of meeting — even church services. Perhaps note-taking is a way for me to maintain focus on what’s being said. When I started having laptop computers, I started taking notes on them, as I can type a lot faster than I can write (but not in church services). When publishing notes became as easy as “saving” notes, I started posting “content” I’d always “generated” — I’d just never shared it.
Another thing. Some of my first jobs out of college involved a lot of news writing, and then, press release and speech writing. I learned how to put together a story, speech or press release in my mind while driving from an event back to an office or newsroom, and then having very little time to actually transfer what I had in my mind to a page. Fortunately, I worked places that had early “terminals” that allowed me to master the art of cutting, pasting and rearranging copy on the fly.
In other words, before I discovered the blogging platform, I believe I had some skills, practice and natural quirks that makes this whole blogging, twittering, photo-sharing thing fairly easy for me — and to make it never a chore.
Most of what I post here is first-draft, improvisational writing that flows from what I’m reading, observing or thinking. It’s not work. This is just me. Boring, huh? Or scary.
Oh and there’s one more thing that is key to my blogging: I never write anything here without thinking first if Steve Rubel will find it interesting. ; )
*Steve is certainly tops on my list of must-read bloggers as well.