In full disclosure I actually had this epiphany yesterday, but work got in the way of posting about it, so here goes. I was in some what of a reflective mood yesterday and was remembering some of my earliest days in the working world. I like to think that I have stayed true to some of the ideals I held back then (back then…it was only 12 years ago!). One ideal was that the best idea would always win. I found out early that that wasn’t always true. That politics and momentum can and do often get in the way of the best ideas. But to this day politics and momentum don’t keep me from working on what I think are the best ideas, and when the chance presents itself, pushing them into the light for everyone to see. The ideal of a meritocracy
is still central to my hope for what the working world can be like and what it sometimes actually turns out to be.
Now what does this particular ideal have to do with blogging (and the whole ‘social’ aspect of the web today)? Simple really: while I try to shy away from political based networking (who knows who, who went to school with who, etc.), I seem to have an insatiable drive to network on the web. Now this could be because I am ‘socially awkward’ (i.e a geek – please those of you that read my blog and know me confirm or deny in the comments), or it could be that through the social web I can network and connect with people based on the merit of their ideas. If I find what someone is blogging/twittering/facebooking about interesting, I can subscribe/follow/friend them. If they find what I have to say interesting, they can do the same to me. If the interest wanes, it’s easy to sever the tie and there are little after effects – nothing like real world network ‘break-ups’.
So those of you long time bloggers out there, does this ring a bell? Am I late to the party in realizing my motivations (so in addition to being socially awkward, I may also have self denial issues…great!). Or do you blog for completely different reasons?
(BTW – I am NOT going to become one of those blogs about blogging…but I did find this insight rather…insightful, so I thought I would share)