Blogging is a Conversation


It looks like an interesting book about blogging has hit the market. It’s an eBook, it’s a softcover, it’s a hardcover, but interestingly enough, it’s not a blook.

My blogger friend, Bob Glaza announced the publication and release of the venture in which he was involved. Advertising Age has a luke warm review.

Three months ago, agency execs Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton agreed to add “publisher” to their resumes. Having struck a deal with 103 authors eager to lend their two cents about today’s marketing-communications landscape, the boys feverishly compiled essays, baited a vendor and hooked a PR firm to rep the title.

Bob explains his thoughts, and ones that I happen to subscribe to. With 103 different opinions expressed, you can probably find one that will suit the reasons you blog.

Feedback through the comment section of a blog gives the author reason to continue,” according to contributor Bob Glaza. “Keep in mind this is a sharing age and a learning environment.

The comments are what keep me coming back. Watching the stats are much like watching an investment portfolio. Don’t look everyday. I haven’t learned that yet. I love watching the numbers grow, but I wish WordPress.com offered the option just to see the previous 30 days total, or better yet, just last month’s total.

The comments are worth checking everyday – sometimes more than once, because that’s where the fun is, for me at least.

Since I blog about mostly stuff that is of general interest to boomers, with a touch of humor, I haven’t run across many others like me. It seems that women are much more likely to write humorously about their daily lives. Men want to hold forth on politics, business interests, technology, and other “guy” things.

In my blogroll, there is only one man that I have an exchange of comments with somewhat regularly, Head Rambles, an Irish Grandad with a wickedly funny mind.

I’ve reached out to others to establish a connection and so far been rebuffed. Dad Gone Mad doesn’t seem to be interested, so he will be coming out of my blogroll.

Take that!

I got into a pissing contest with an A lister. He said bloggers are journalists. I disagreed.

He basically said shut up and go away.

With all due respect, you’re reducing this to a semantic quibble with all of your null cases.

Was his specific response. Later he said that I shouldn’t take it personally that he used the terms:

quibble

null

So I shall shut up and leave because I’m not worthy.

The book reviewer went on to capture what blogging means to me.

What the authors do illuminate is the existence of a separate, albeit inexclusive, conversation happening online and with speedy access to relevant data and networking ties. The longer you wait to join, the more isolated and insular your global perspective will become (not to mention the rustier your writing skills).

I thoroughly enjoy the conversation I have with others that I had no connection or anything in common with prior to blogging. Imagine walking into a room with a suburban hippie mother, an Oklahoma Redneck Diva , who is funnier than a puppy humping my CPU, (wish I could turn a phrase like she does), an Irish grandad and his equally daffy granddaughter K8, a Mom who turned to blogging at the urging of her VERY A list daughter (who both are as down-to-earth as they come), an author living in Chicago.

Micki

Rhea

Kay

You get the idea. This is such an eclectic group of people that I have met by starting a conversation through blogging. Everyone in my blogroll is there for a reason: they are smart, entertaining, and engaging.

Improving my writing skill was not a goal, but is a pleasant after effect. Sometimes (not always) I will copy-edit my blog and recall advice from one of the two best humorists today Scott Adams.

In this one post, he appears to be spilling his guts on how to write funny. Where else does this happen? BTW, the other humorist is Dave Barry of course.

Then there are the times, like this one, that I just open a vein…

As K8 would say, I loves me some blogging.

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Blogging is a Conversation — 19 Comments

  1. This is indeed a pretty cool place….this Blogosphere. I know your experiences since entering it are more positive than negative….has to be. There are just too many good people out there lovin’ what you have to say and the way you say it. We’re bound to come up against someone from time to time who gives us some tricky feedback or disagreement. One thing I know, even in the short time you’ve been around, you can handle any bit of dissension better than most….and with your own special flair.

    BTW…the link for Miss A list doesn’t seem to be working. Thanks from both of us….

  2. I love your enthusiasm. I get really lazy sometimes with responding to comments/commenting. I am always trying a different approach. Not sure where I will end up.

  3. Hi Joy,
    Thanks for the alert on the broken, link, fixed it. I appreciate your calming influence on my spat with the other A lister.

  4. Wow! I get two links in one post – I am, sir, your servant.

    Could you change the link to Blooking Central to a particular post there about the Definition Dilemma? Depending on the origin of some of the essays and using Lulu’s Blooker Prize Competition definition as “anything that appeared on the web”, you may in fact have a blook on your hands.

    [Note: blook is pronounced as if it were the sound a baby makes when it tosses a deposit on your shoulder.]

  5. I knew I could find the proper pronunciation outside a dictionary – not too mention the wit I’ve grown to ingest. Thanks GSL – keep a goin’ !

  6. Hey, thanks for the link, sweetie. I enjoy the conversational aspect of blogging, as well as the freedom not to have to tell all my friends separately “what’s new” . . . and yes, it does create quite an eclectic circle. Most of my online friends are from various pregnancy or mommy groups, but I’ve also got a geek from Santa Barbara in his early 20s, a British writer living in San Francisco, a gorgeous Atlanta attorney, and most recently, present company. Definitely not a bunch you’d find in the same room in realspace.

  7. You’re Velcome, Frau Crumpacker. Ve vant to know about your stay at ah-one and ah-two and ah-three ‘ville.

  8. *grins*

    What a great post. I love it when people keep it real in this bloggystuff.

    I’m Grandad’s daughter though, just a heads up for you… The poor auld fart isn’t THAT auld!

    Just bought a copy of that book for the craic, looks interesting..

    Daffy?!?! You’re Deth-pickable.

  9. Sorry, about the granddaughter error. I read his birthday party post about you.
    Daffy and Foghorn Leghorn, two of the best.

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  11. Don’t get yer feelers hurt about Dad Gone Mad not responding. I have gotten a couple of responses out of Danny at DGM, but I figure he’s probably got a lot more traffic than I do and he’s out directing it while wearing an orange vest and carrying a stop sign and, let’s face it, that doesn’t leave much time to reply to folks.

    Just know you can count on me to annoy you with replies whether you want them or not! 🙂

    Just for the record, Heather at Dooce.com doesn’t reply either.

  12. Hiya! So many thanks for giving us (ME) things to think about. Nothing wrong with having a critical eye. And I was tickled pink to get your note before BlogHer! When are you going to go? You can be an honorary BlogHer.