Blogging Is Bizarre: Calacanis, Hung, Birdwatching
Blogging is bizarre.
Earlier this week, Webomatica cracked 20,000 in Technorati with 195 blogs linking in. I really have no goals beyond this, other than – please send me more free swag.
Second, Jason Calacanis, with one comment at Deep Jive Interests (and two posts on his blog) set forth a chain reaction of events that was mesmerizing to watch. First, Tony Hung’s response thread is up to nearly 90 comments.
I read both Jason Calacanis’s blog and Tony Hung’s Deep Jive Interests regularly because they have interesting, well-thought out points of view that run contrary to most tech bloggers. Even if they disagreed in this case, the posts and comments generated were entertaining reading.
Anyhow, I posted my two cents about the subject with this post. It was quoted by Jordan McCollum (over at Andy Beal’s Marketing Pilrgim), who was then quoted by a bird watching website 10,000 Birds (!), which then filtered down to A DC Birding Blog.
I never knew bird watching blogs existed; now I know, and I’m adding them to my feed reader for some needed variety in my blog-reading diet. So in a strange way, I have Jason Calacanis and Tony Hung to thank for broadening my mind – in more ways than one.
The original post also brought some attention to WinExtra, which I’ll read more regularly from here on out.
This is why blogging never ceases to surprise me. You get someone up in the stratosphere in-between poker and basketball blogging off the cuff, and like a butterfly flapping its wings, repercussions filter all down through the blogosphere. Maybe it’s more like a dead whale that sinks to the bottom of the sea and a whole ecology of fish, plankton, and coral create life from it.
And yes, I think the A-list exists – it’s the whale.
But this situation reminds me that the coolest thing about blogging is the new blogs I’ve discovered and connections I’ve made. Sometimes you write a post, and hit “publish,” fully expecting nobody to read it. But through the medium of feeds, comments, and links from other blogs, you realize there are definitely people reading, and you affect their lives in some small way.
Which leads to my second observation about blogging being bizarre, which will have to wait until I return from Japan. That situation still has to play out over the next week and a half.