So, there’s a lot to learn about the blogosphere. As one training site put it, it’s not that there’s not enough information it’s that there’s too much and the real challenge is how does one sift through it all for the golden nuggets. Of course, what appears golden to one blogger may turn out to be mere fool’s gold for the readers. Alas, who knows what mood you’re in today? Dear reader, do you want to learn something? Are you hungry, horny, or just bored? At least, there does seem to be something in this vast digital universe to suit whatever mood one is in.
Then there are those who are depressed, suicidal, or lonely who perhaps are looking for a connection more than anything else. Perhaps that’s what we’re all really seeking … connection. Authors want to connect with readers, teachers with students, businesses with customers. The digiverse should at least be good at that. Then, why dear reader, are there so many people seeking connection but seem somehow … disconnected???
Can the digiverse really satisfy the need for connection? It leads one to the debate between e-books and print, you know, “real” books. Can one really be as satisfied with the e-book as with the rustle of pages? The ideas are the same but … somehow … maybe we feel a little less connected with the e-book. Even though the e-book can be read on almost any device, can be accessed almost anytime, and can be read in almost any conditions (insert argument here about iPads and e-ink). That’s not a placeholder for me, you’ve already heard it just replay it. There’s probably a whole YouTube channel devoted to it.
The really neat thing about blogging is that right now I don’t feel the pressing need to answer the question. How about you take a shot at it in the comments?
Sorry Shakespeare. 🙂 How many denizens of the blogosphere are not too sure of the pun in the title? But it IS a valid question. I mean, so many of us want, desperately, to write. We know not what, we certainly are unsure of how, and we candidly don’t think anyone will listen … but still the Muse drives us. She won’t go away. She won’t be silenced. So, as so many bloggers seem to do, I’m driven to read, and to write, about writing. Since it’s so obviously painful … WHY do we do it? Most of us who want to write are pretty apt candidates for treatment … you know that whole insecurity / voices / need for approval bit. Why not just do some unexpected chores at home? Acceptance, if not praise, is much more likely. Ahhh, but the whole time spent mowing the grass we will be dreaming of that perfect novel, blog post, ((poetry????)) that is just dying to leap from our fingers.
I must say that the blogosphere is encouraging to we budding Hemingways. 🙂 No matter how poorly some of us write or how ill-prepared we are. At least I should get some comments offering high-priced assistance in response to this post.
Oh WordPress, oh Automattic, you are such cruel mistresses.
This blog has all the details about “The Year Without Pants”. It could be a game changer.
Well, how’s that for a unique title? I just read Scott Berkun’s book, The Year Without Pants which is his book about Automattic, the company behind WordPress. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time now and Scott’s book motivated me to dig into WordPress and take a shot. I’ve read some great material about blogs from Glen Allsopp www.viperchill.com and Copyblogger www.copyblogger.com. 🙂 and just jumping in I’m probably violating all the rules. Oh well, that’s one of the encouragements from Scott … and apparently one of the main ways that Automatticians (interesting that word isn’t in the WordPress spell check) operate … chaos. It’s interesting to me that I started typing “controlled chaos” but I just searched the book (yeah, Kindle edition) and I don’t see that Scott ever used that term … he just said “chaos”. I suppose that we management types do have issues with that concept. Actually, I think we have issues with anything not qualified … like “unlimited freedom”.
This should be an interesting journey. Expect to see stuff about information technology, philosophy, law school (I’m thinking about taking a shot at that again), writing, business, and business management. Oh yeah, and people, and love, and travel, and maybe some mention of food I like and places to eat it.