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May 15, 2003



Whether serendipidous or not, I had, before noticing your blogroll update-flag, just posted a bit on my experience today trying to sell weblogs to community-oriented radio where I'd recalled how, in my own radio days, I didn't think of it as a pulpit (or podium if you prefer corporate props) but more as just talking to peers, just like a blog.

You've probably seen it too: Local shock-jocks or hit-parade DJs show up in public and they are swarmed for bits of their clothing, but if a community-oriented announcer sets up at the local Home Depot, people walk up and say, "Hi Dave, how's it going? Great show last night..."

There's something very McLuhanistic about all this. here's another phenomenon I noticed in my own blogging behaviour and now notice it among some of those I've introduced to blogging: They fracture themselves across more than one blog so as "not to bore" a perceived audience. When Tom Adelstein tells me he learned from me that it's "ok to be me" he means it's ok that my blog isn't 100% all KM all the time (or whatever) but flits from sometimes this sometimes that, and this has inspired him, but I do still put all my more geeky posts into my teledyn.com blog and the really "geeks only" posts into advogato ... so it's not just institutional vs personal, it's something that has much more depth.

I think it's "audience consideration" or maybe even "demographic targeting" -- we write for one group we perceive as frequenting one blog, but avoid (right or wrong) what we believe might upset (or bore) that audience, moving instead to a different channel.

a psychiatrist would probably have a field day with this :) but in the buddhist sense of "sometimes this sometimes that", blogs are empirically discrediting what we in the west call "personality" and appear to be illuminating our multidimensionality.

for you, then, one dimension (voice+audience) might be institutional, for me it's techie-vs-human. What Tom may have guessed, though, is that perhaps our fears are unfounded. Maybe it is ok to let all of our 'selves' roll out without dividing ourselves into artificial role-compartments.

Maybe Exon wouldn't have been so painful if their execs had devoted 60% of their on-air time to talking about their cats and their neighbours' kids ;)

Ole Eichhorn

I started my blog at the start of the year, and for the first month I reread every post really carefully because I felt like "everyone" would be reading it. (I'm not famous and successful like you are, so "nobody" read it.) After a while I realized "who cares, this is for me". My writing improved and blogging became more fun and less stressful. Also, I realized that it is always possible to change a post.


Doug Kenline

Thank you for blogging for the people Pierre.

I think there is hope for a bright future in this world. Perhaps there can be no utopia here on earth but I believe that we should believe that there can be. And then we should put our hearts and minds to work, aiming at that objective.

In a perfect world, a common man like me could have an open line of communications with a person of your stature. Thank you for bringing us all closer to this reality.

In a perfect world all business leaders, Congressmen, Senators, all Presidents, and even the Pope would blog on a daily basis for the people. They would tell them what they did today. They would tell them who they talked to today. Who they had a morning meeting with. Who they had lunch with and what they had for lunch and where they had lunch.

I can respect a private businessman wanting to keep some details of his private business private. But Congressmen and elected officials have no business whatsoever and no excuses for not blogging for the people every day. And all businessmen should be working for the same goal, to make this a better world for all people, and your blogging makes this a better world for all of your readers.

I applaud you for your courage.

Doug Kenline
Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Canter

Go for it dude. Whatever, have fun.

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