Cowards, Car Keys and The Same Old Same Old
I got another email this morning asking me why I don't write about blog networks anymore.
Here's the real answer.
Most Blog Network owners are cowards.
In this, the greatest era of opportunity in history, they are giving us the same old thing.
I was reading Vasper's blog and he had this awesome post where he quotes some famous artist giving advice to a wanna be famous artist. The old guy talked about how he took risks to get where he is and how it's so much easier for people today.
And he's right. It is easier.
We have the ability to create almost anything but we give people the same old shit.
Most blog networks are about the same things.
Now Barry's a cool cat. He has some sense in his head. And he has put together a great idea of a network about working.
But instead of taking a chance and doing something great like creating a forum for all the people who visit his site, he instead mimics everyone else and creates something for the wrong people.
And you know what's going to happen?
Someone's gonna come and create a myspace like hangout spot for job-seekers and Barry and his writers will end up really talking among themselves because they refused to put the audience first.
This is brave.
Nick Denton is brave,too.
He's realizes that a blog is not about words. It's a personal media platform. (btw,youtube is a community blog. So is flickr.)
That Gawker Stawker deal.
It's offensive as fuck.
It'll probably end up getting him sued.
But it's also perfect.
It's a mashup.
It's giving power to his audience.
It's fucking brave.
Doing another American Idol blog is not.
Let me give all of you out there some advice.
As you know I had heart problems and almost died.
Let me tell you what runs through your mind when the reaper comes knocking.
It's all about the things you didn't do.
What you think is, I wish I would have dumped money in my cousin's cool turkey basting website instead of buying a fucking car.
I really wish I would have been brave and done what I wanted instead of what was expected.
We live in a the greatest time in the history of the universe.
Everything is in play.
Is safe against one person with a brilliant idea and the gumption to get it done.
Everything is up for grabs.
Now even I'll admit that that is kinda scary.
But it's also cool.
It means that idea in your head is just as powerful as the one in the rich guys head down the street.
You wanna know how to be brave? Just act like you are.
A friend of mine spent years busting his ass and finally made a whole bunch of money. Then his girlfriend went to France with six figures of it and didn't return.
So he worked twice as hard to make the money back then realized something. What was he busting his ass for? Was the money that important?
So he quit everything, changed his name to a number (really) and now does volunteer work around the country.
There are friends who now call him a nut.
But not me.
I think he's a role-model.
Instead of upgrading his Audi he decided to try and upgrade the freaking planet.
And nothing is braver or more important than that.
What would you rather leave behind:
or car keys?
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