The New York Times on Bloggers

The New York Times on Bloggers

The New York Times on Bloggers

A Blogger’s Big Fish Fantasy is the latest from New York Times writer Catherine Greenman in today’s Circuits.  This is the article I was talking about two weeks ago – it discusses the struggles, and sometime successes of webloggers looking to establish audiences.  Of course, not all bloggers are looking for audiences, but some are, and it is human nature to want to participate in conversations – to feel like someone is out there reading and thinking about what one says. 

And since the NYT is my old hometown paper, being quoted is sure to make my folks proud.  Kudos as well to Meg, Paul, Susan (who, along with Ryan, was found via the earlier blog entry), and Elizabeth, and great plugs for NewsMonster and Popdex, as well as Technorati.

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  • By susan mernit 20 Jun 2003

    Dave, this is all great fun! I’ve heard from some old friends, and feel like discussing the article is a part of the “Blogosphere dance”–the sounds of a community of people hearing one another’s voices and chiming in.
    I’ve noted some of the comments around the web at my blog. Thank you!

  • By Mike Sanders 20 Jun 2003

    Dave, nice post and thanks for creating Technorati.
    A few small points. If you are posting it on the Web, there is a good chance you want someone else to read it. A conversation only requires an audience of one other person.
    I think the question is one of larger audiences. And then some follow up questions are:
    How large is large?
    Are you looking for a constantly growing audience?
    Or a constantly changing audience?
    Why do you want a large, growing or changing audience?
    Is it fame, fortune, or just to entertain, inform or influence as many people as possible?

  • By Michael Perry 20 Jun 2003

    I think people may find a variety of reasons to blog and to express and perhaps some of them are for the sake of an audience of even one person; others may be for extremely private reasons or for the sake of self expression, illumination, reflection. If one other person reads it and finds it of worth, or perhaps leading to debate, or to a sense of shared worth, great!


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