10 Lessons from Blogging

I've been blogging for a couple of years now, and it has changed absolutely everything -- thanks to these guys. So I thought I'd jot down some things that I have learned or observed. Ten seems like a reasonable number for now, so this is what I have ...
  1. I blog for one reason -- it's fun. All the benefits grow from that one very personal experience.
  2. I pay little attention to the audience. I simply assume no one reads me. My audience is me.
  3. I've made many new friends via my blog, and I'm profoundly grateful.
  4. I've pissed off some people via my blog, and I'm very sorry.
  5. Negative comments -- the extreme personal attacks, I mean -- hurt deeply.
  6. Positive comments -- praise, constructive criticism, helpful information, connections -- are wonderful.
  7. Writing blogs requires absolutely no work whatsoever. It's stupidly simply on almost every level.
  8. Blog hit lists and credibility/authenticity rankings remind me of my PR days. They are meaningless popularity contests.
  9. Blogging has reminded me that I'm actually assertive and an entrepreneur at heart. I had forgotten. 
  10. BSC pervades everything I do at Sun and serves as the single most important personal empowerment tool I've ever experienced.
That's it.
Comments:

But does it make you a better, more effective writer? :)

Posted by Christopher Mahan on January 08, 2006 at 07:24 AM JST #

I'm not sure. :) It does make me faster, though. Much faster ...

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on January 08, 2006 at 07:11 PM JST #

Ahah!

You made me laugh out loud...

You should try intalling mediawiki on a debian box at home. It's great for writing for oneself. Or make an account at wikipeda and put all that in your userspace. It's pretty amazing to me how focused and organized I've become using a wiki.

Besides, you should really be working on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSolaris some. That entry is anemic.

Posted by Christopher Mahan on January 08, 2006 at 09:32 PM JST #

Thanks for your list. I've been blogging for less than a year, but can identify with each of your reasons. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Mark Dixon on January 12, 2006 at 01:59 AM JST #

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