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.
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:
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.
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.