The Doc Searls Weblog : Thursday, February 14, 2002: "It’s mostly about sources. We’re all sources for each other here, and don’t have the pressures of space, deadlines, commercial agendas or formats to restrict who we source or the stories they tell us. Here we not only link endlessly to countless other sources (which far outnumber those in the average BigPub piece), but we can vet ideas about what might be true, in faith that others who know more will correct us, or pick up the story and carry it forward."
Doc’s weblog is always good reading but today it is especially good. Follow the link above and enjoy.
What’s interesting to me is that there are likely plenty of bloggers out there who are deeply interesting but I have no way of knowing about them because they haven’t moved on to my radar or anyone else’s.
I have something like 3 or 4 regular readers. My wife, my friends Chris and Andrew and… well, I sometimes get email from people who have read something here and liked it and I’ve once or twice found myself linked elsewhere. But, for the most part, I’m writing for myself here. I’m happy a few people come by and see what I’m thinking (or at least what I’m reading as I don’t take as much time as I’d like to write these little bits from my own brain) but I have no illusions over who my actual audience is.
Now, given that, how many other webloggers are out there who are also writing in the void? There may be some fantastic writers out there who are just not being found by the “mainstream” bloggers. How do we find them? How did you find me? If I say something deeply pithy, how do I get it out into the mainstream? What happens to a blogger when they suddenly have an audience? Do they change what they write or how they write?