Over at Librarian’s Place is a post about why Seth (of Seth’s blog) likes self-experimentation. He applies the same logic to blogging:
"Recently, though, the rise of blogging, Wikipedia, and open-source software, showed me the power of a kind of multiplicative force: (pleasure of hobbies) multiplied by (professional skills). Blogging, for example: (people enjoy writing) multiplied by (professional expertise, which gives them something interesting and unusual to say). In other words, expertise and job skills used in a hobby-like way. "
"But I was still missing something — something obvious to many others. The power of blogging isn’t
(hobby) x (job skills).
That’s just one person. The total power of blogging is
(hobby) x (job skills) x (anyone can do it)
Which is very powerful."
A point of view that I endorse completely. I can’t help feeling that there is an element or two of the equation that is missing, though. I think there are more than these three parameters to blogging. So although Seth has made a great start, I think it is only a start — I’m going to have to ponder and come back to this one. Maybe you have some suggestions, in which case I hope you’ll drop them in the comments.
Thanks to Dave Lull for the link to Seth’s blog.