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.