26 August 2006
All things to everyone? Run, run away
It's hard to disagree with this Lileks perspective on successful bloggage:
If you are very serious about arts criticism, for example, people will come to that. They won't expect laughs, but they will come to that. And if you are hilarious about one aspect of the world and that's all you write about, people will go to that. But if it's just a grim slog everyday to read your acidic sharp little misery about something on the subway, you are going to lose them.
Note to self: Stay off the train.
At the time, Lileks was talking to BBC Radio 4's Mark Savage, who perhaps wasn't sure what he was getting into with this Descent into the Blogosphere. Quoth he:
I was flying through the airport at Washington when an airport security worker stopped me. The microphone, tape recorder and all the wires in my bag obviously attracted her attention. She asked what they were for, so I explained that I was making a radio series about bloggers.
She pulled a face. There is a perception that bloggers are sad, joyless people in their underwear who sit in front of their computers all day.
Surely not all day. And, well, I don't think I've ever posted anything in my underwear. (The Instant Man admits to one out of three: he is in front of the computer all day, just as some of us suspected.)Posted at 8:35 AM to Blogorrhea