To my jaded veteran blogger friends: Get over yourselves.

People think that blogging has changed a lot in the last few years, far from the heady early blogging days of 2000-2005 etc etc.

Hmmm. Maybe. Certainly having things like Twitter and Facebook make it easier for people to natter to each other without having to write continual blog posts first… the latter is certainly time consuming, and people are already way too busy.

Actually, the business model for gapingvoid hasn’t changed very much over time. I can only handle so many projects at one time- a dozen at the most. So as a way of generating business, I only need enough readers to attract one new possible collaborator every so often.

Which works out to be how much? Maybe one out of ten thousand readers. Or something.

Whatever the final numbers might be, compared to the ad-driven blogs like Gawker or Techcrunch, they’re relatively small ones. And Thank God for that, “Audience” is a bitch.

And then there is the fun of drawing and posting cartoons on the blog. In business terms, that really can’t be measured. All that can do is create good karma. But I enjoy it immensely so what the hell… same is true for the daily newsletter cartoons.

I keep hearing the same complaint a lot these days. That blogging isn’t as much fun or as interesting as it used to be. It used to be subversive. It used to be cutting edge. Now it’s mainstream and boring. That kinda thing.

To my jaded veteran blogger friends: Get over yourselves. Blogging hasn’t changed, you have. What’s happening on the Internet isn’t important; What’s important is that the world knows how you intend to change it. Right here. Right now.

Same as it ever was…

Comments

  1. I love blogging. No one reads my blog so I write freely.

    Love your work.

    BTW -
    “So as a way fo generating business, I only need enough readers to attract one new possible collaborator every so often.”

    Put a “r” after “fo.”

  2. I’m relatively new to blogging. I’ve been learning to draw for just over a year now and as a way of keeping track of my progress I’ve been posting my work on my blog and having a lot of fun in the process. I have come across some bloggers who are ‘complaining’ about the way that things have changed and have wondered why they keep on blogging if it’s no longer fun for them. But as your awesome book ‘Ignore everybody’ suggests that’s exactly what I do – ignore the whining and carry on blogging for pure enjoyment :)

  3. Shhh, don’t tell everyone.

    I was just beginning to think that the tide had turned and the social media flotsam had drifted away on the tide of insincerity and blogging was getting very interesting again.

    Persistence is not a tactic, it’s an inner drive that separates he wheat from the chaff.

    • Kathy Sierra says:

      “I was just beginning to think that the tide had turned and the social media flotsam had drifted away on the tide of insincerity and blogging was getting very interesting again.”

      I was juuuuuust thinking the same thing…

      Yeah. Things *have* changed.

      For the better.
      Shhhh…

  4. Love this blog , love the inspiring saying :

    “What’s important is that the world knows how you intend to change it.”

    Thanks !

    Have a great day !

  5. Beautiful :-)
    Wondering if I put as much time into my blog as I do tweeting which benefit my business most…

  6. Pattern-chaser says:

    “No one reads my blog so I write freely.” – love it! :-)

  7. Will somebody please get Hugh back to Alpine, Texas. The sea air at Miami has released the cutting edge blogger in him again. Yippee.
    And to read KS on gapingvoid is such a treat. More from the two of you is required. Please.

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