Wednesday, April 18, 2007

All Blogging Isn’t Local

Rich Miller has some good advice for bloggers:
I always encourage local bloggers to keep their focus on their immediate surroundings. We’ve got way more national political bloviators than we need.
They’re a dime a dozen. Stay local, stay focused and if you’re any good, success
and recognition will follow.
I don’t disagree with any of that. Problem is, well, I don’t wanna. I mean, eating more vegetables would be beneficial too, but mostly I just don’t. Perhaps it is a focus thing (or lack thereof) but my purpose in blogging is to do it for fun and not just for success or recognition (not that those aren’t good if you can get them).

I do local stuff, sure, but when I feel moved to post it’s because the topic, in some way, interests me or I feel it’s an item worth commenting on. And things outside of Sangamon County interest me. The rest of you may be yawning, but I like to comment about my entire world, be it something at home, events in Springfield, or the latest bullshit from Iraq.

Of course, there is also the funny side of life. I post some things just for laughs. Friday Beer Blogging is perhaps my longest running joke. FBB was originally a takeoff on some of the already silly Friday Cat Blogging type posts I’d seen at other sites. Thursday nights as I sit down to do the latest FBB installment, I sometimes start to feel it’s a chore because it really isn’t spontaneous. But once I get going on it, I always have fun.

Anyway, I’m sure there are things I could do to “get ahead” in the blogosphere but I think that would take a lot of the fun out of it. So for now, expect a lot of unfocusedness (and the occasional made up word) here.


Anonymous said...

I totally hear ya on doing your own thing and going your own way. And, I agree for myself.

But, for the sake of someone who might come along and see this one day, when that Rich Miller gives out advice, it's well worth heeding.

Anonymous said...

Should we start a fan club?

That would be local?

JP said...

I always take a Flintstones Vitamin before I hit the Publish button.