Its certainly been LONG since I posted last! A no of things have changed since then not least of which is my job but what I want to focus on here is what I have learnt about blogging.
Blogging certainly is big. The close match between demand and supply of content provided by Blogs is unmatched. What is also very interesting is the creation of communities and the thought leaders. Some people have been publishing very regularly to make sure that they reach and retain the Guru position in their communities. But there is seldom one guru. So it leads to an interesting situation where one has to keep tabs on what others are saying and to respond to it in a simple yes/no or give an interesting perspective on it. This crunches the cycle time for any new thing to reach a height/rejection. Examples: AJAX, Web 2.0, Long tail etc. It probably also reduces the time for a new thing to cross over to mainstream as “mainstream” takes cognizance of noise being made by “those in the know”. Its also very interesting how some other topics do not get that much attention from the community as a whole. Maybe because
- the traditional methods of marketing still dominate?
- the audience is not in the blogosphere?
- Subject too complicated for a unanimous opinion to be reached?
This is something that I’ll keep coming back to at later points.
I don’t know why anyone would want to write a blog. The simple and perhaps simplistic answer is that its for one’s vanity. I start off in hopes of a better answer.
The first experiences are weird.
I don’t need a pseudonym. I am perfectly happy with my own name. I don’t have proclivities that induce people to adopt assumed names so as to prevent embarrasment or social censure in real life. Still, I don’t have my own name on this blog. Because, someone already owns it. In fact, all variants of it that I have tolerated over 25 years. Its weird because yahoo allows some of these variants. So, is blogging bigger than yahoo already? I put a question to the Human Machine Interface in frustration and voila, I have a new net identity! In my rage I even forgot the question-mark!!
Why should I give ONE name to a log which is to contain all my thoughts? Why should I limit my thoughts to just one subject? But a name has to be given to this experiment. Hence, the hypothesis which I suspect to be wrong has become the name.
Should I expect this blog to continue beyond this day? I have attempted writing a diary in past. Mostly because many great people are supposed to have kept one. However, my shots at greatness never lasted for more than a few days at a time. Why should this be any different? I am similarly recording my thoughts. Style remains the same: disjointed. Still, I feel some responsibility towards my blog which I never did for a diary. I never expected anyone to read my diary in my lifetime but a blog can be read immediately after I hit “Publish”. I am actually reviewing and revising my sentences more carefully than the reports that i send to my boss! Let me see when I return to this page.