Why I blog – And it’s not to be on some stinking list


This blog is written
by one lone bird.

I guess there has been a debate going on somewhere about the death of personal blogs.

I’m parked along a beautiful beach for a couple of days and, frankly, I’ve lost track of such blogospheric controversies.

Earlier this morning before taking a walk along the beach (did I mention hanging out a couple of days at a beach before joining up with my brother’s wonderful family to celebrate Thanksgiving?), I breezed through some blog posts and, as I do almost everyday, ran across a thought-inspiring post by Seth Godin. In it, he writes about the difference in “mass-market blogs” and “author-blogs” — and while he’s a book author, in this case, his reference to “author” is being used in an analogy to compare blogs that are like newspapers (written by staffs) and blogs that are like books (written by an individual author).

This blog, RexBlog.com, is in the latter camp. While I do occasionally write about myself — for instance, did I mention the beautiful sunset I experienced yesterday? — almost everything in this blog is related to my professional passions. And the more I write for this blog, the more I consider it to be “like a book” — or, in my case, like several books on inter-related topics. (I have other places like Flickr.com, RexHammock.com and Twitter.com/r that are more personal and meaningless-drivel in nature).

Now that I think about it (the Waffle House coffee is kicking in), I’m probably aware of the “death of personal blogs” meme. And, I’ve probably even written about it.

But rather than burying the personal blogging genre, platform or medium (take your pick), I’ll cast my vote with Seth: Rather than lament that most blogs on some list of the “top 20 blogs” are written by groups of people, I think it’s time to just start another list.

Here’s his key quote, to which I agree 100%:

“Who cares that you’re not writing a mass market newspaper? The point is not to show up on a list, the point is to start a conversation that spreads, to share ideas and to chronicle your thinking. That’s the work of an author, and I think rather than kissing author blogs goodbye, someone should just start a new list.

  • This December will be my blog’s 9 year anniversary. I started doing it in 1999 and remember manually dating, archiving and doing everything platforms like MovableType and WordPress do automatically now. As bloggers race headlong into the esame bad calculations media have made – to strip out the personal – they’ll come to understand what made blogs take off like they did. The best media shares a unique human experience. No media is successful that doesn’t provide and maintain an open port for shared human experience. You will never identify with media where a real person is not and essential part of the ingredients. You’ll either love the blog author who bears all or hate their guts. There really is no inbetween when you share your raw experiences, but if you’re good enough to attract both audiences and are strong enough and smart enough to take the arrows from those that can’t stand you, then you will be a very successful author.

  • I’m not sure if that was Christian or Brittney who wrote that above, but I agree. I wasn’t blogging as far back as 1999 (just since 2005), but I can already see how the medium is changing. I appreciate that more non-nerds are recognizing what blogs are and don’t just shake their head and say “Who the hell cares what YOU have to say?” as much, but when I read people saying stuff like a blog isn’t worth anything unless it’s monetized, it makes me sad.

  • I’m all in favor of a new list. If I would blog more myself, and maybe if I got around to designing a template for my blog, maybe I could even make it!!