Most of Us Still Figuring Out what Blogs Are

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year, and I still have a lot to learn. Some of my earlier posts embarrass me, such as when I got really overly excited about a Saudi woman spraying a muttawa with mace and then the story went nowhere.

But I keep being surprised by people who seem to think that blogs are supposed to replace the existing media outlets and that a blogger is unsuccessful if he can’t buy a couple of mansions with the money he makes blogging.

Hey, I’m not in this for the money. I have a tiny little area of quasi-expertise, and I want to share it with people, that’s all.

According to a book by Sarah Boxer, Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web, we bloggers

include ‘About Me’ pages on their blogs, which are often empty or filled with astrological information and lies.”

I beg your pardon. I would never lie in my ‘about me’ section. The very idea!

She also said

Most bloggers don’t care if they leave you in the dust. They assume that if you’re reading them, you’re either one of their friends of at least in on their gossip, their jokes, or the names they drop. They’re not responsible for your education.

That’s true of many, but I am a hopeless pedant and probably explain a lot of stuff that my audience already knows.

Thanks for reading.

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