Guy Kawasaki and I have been blogging at our own blogs for about the same amount of time. Except he’s a lot more successful at it. Earlier this week, he summed up his experience after 100 days—and I have to agree with every single point he made. My favourite is his eighth point (original emphasis):
8. A tiny amount of people who read my blog are clueless. My favorites are the ones who complain about four things: the top-ten format; the bulleted-list format; the long length of my posts; and my plugs for stuff that I like. This is akin to going into a sushi bar and complaining that it serves raw ﬁsh. That's what a sushi bar does. Long top tens, bulleted lists, essays, and evangelism are what I do.
I especially love the people who threaten to stop reading my blog unless I stop doing one of those four things. Let me get this straight: You’re going to stop reading my free blog? I hope they have a SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Bozo Apparatus) tank because they won’t be able to hold their breath long enough.
How true. Our blogs are about our self-expression and our style. For those of us who write elsewhere, as in magazines and web sites, we’ll adhere to someone else’s rules then. This is our space, just as our homes are our own turf. I don’t complain that Hef walks around his house in his dressing gown with Playmates hanging off his arms. I help people in my own way in my own “home”, and this blog is an extension of my home. Think of it as a home page, differently deﬁned here than with Web 1·0.
Guy, thanks for the great posts over these past 103 days, and thank you hugely for your link to my blog. Posted by Jack Yan, 00:47
Well said Guy!
And what a small world Jack,... you know Guy too! But then I should not be surprised. Two dynamite men making changes in lives. Good on ya!
I’m more a Guy-groupie. I’ve been reading his columns since the 1990s …
HA! Amen. I am totally going to check out Guy's blog now. Sounds like a reasonable guy :)
Hi Randy: Guy has been on the forefront of tech developments for the last decade but what I love about his blog is he imparts a lot of common sense.
YOu know what is also a pity? The people that complain fail to realise that you are the one paying for your blog, it's coming out of your pay packet that effectively means you have the right to say anything you like on it. I'm sure they'd feel the same way about theirs don't you think?
I totally agree, Amy. As to money, I wonder if it’s OK if I start putting some ads down the side. They won’t be too far up. I’ve been considering it …
When I tally up my costs I am paying for not only the hosting but a ﬁrewall, which isn’t cheap!
I made the mistake of trying to explain what a blogroll was once.
Then I realized I have no idea why people are on my blogroll.
Usually they are referred by another blogger and have made a brilliant point and I'm just waiting for the next great idea.
But I can rarely remember what the original great idea was for anyone.
What I'm trying to say is I can't empathize with anyone who is critical of another's blog. Who am I to criticize someones format, when I'm not completely sure why I'm reading them? :)
Thanks, Amy. In some cases it helps me get an idea from my readers so thank you for your thoughts.Post a Comment
And Shaded, thank you for stopping by—I have been visiting your space from time to time as well. Like you, I think a blog roll should be up to us, rather than be the subject of link exchanges. A few of the links on mine are, I have to admit, but they are with friends’ blogs. And when that friend chose not to link back, it was no big deal—evidently my blog wasn’t one he felt suited his readers’ needs.
I edit my blog roll from time to time. I took off three links last week—just blogs I didn’t read any more, or which hadn’t been updated, or which veered off a bit into areas I wasn’t interested in (or maybe I have veered off into new areas).
I totally agree with your last question!
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