For a while, I’ve been a one-sided participant in the blogosphere. I read a lot of blogs. And I often write to bloggers, either by email or through comments on their blogs. Now that I’m out talking a lot about the ideas in my book, lots of folks have started emailing me, initiating conversations that I’m starting to feel should be public (or at least open to the possibility of that.) That’s one of the reasons I’m plunging into the blog pool.
Here are a few others:
1. Good and unexpected things tend to come out of experimenting with new modes of expression.
2. As someone who teaches and coaches other journalists, it was feeling pretty weird to be encouraging others to test out the blog waters without doing it myself.
3. Blogging seems really well-suited to testing out new ideas, and
4. For better or worse, I’m always happy when I’m writing every day, or when the expectation to do that exists.
I expect this blog to be a forum for conversation, sharing ideas, and highlighting good stuff I discover. I have a feeling it will also be handy as I work on new book ideas.
I’ve already gotten buckets of good advice from bloggers I admire, but I’m still at the stage where I barely know what it is I don’t know. So if you’re visiting and feel the urge to impart some blogging nuggets of wisdom, don’t be shy!
P.S. You’ll see there are some posts in the archives. I’ve been playing around a bit to prepare for this day!