Are you one of those trigger-bloggers? You know, you see something on some web site you think is wrong, or you just don’t like, and you post! post! post! as fast as you can, pointing out the errors of someone else’s way…

The latest I’ve seen is the bit about the podsafe music network and the crazy licensing terms brought up by Boing Boing. Now, Adam Curry responded about the changes they made, and this is good, he says:

This is a great example of how the web works; it started with a post on Boing Boing and was followed by a host of pile-jumpers. Although a personal email would have been preferred, it certainly got my attention.

All good, yes indeed, this is how it should work. I think the problem between public finger-pointing via weblogs and private-griping via email is that you leverage the power of the people when you create a post that others can read and point to and amplify. I’ll write up and send an email because I still have my own feedback on the terms, but there’s a chance it will fall into a black hole and I will never get a response.

Now, I’m not saying we don’t need trigger-bloggers, it helps to keep us all honest and on the level with each other, but weigh the options. Sure, everyone wants an email first but everyone also enjoys a good show…

Most importantly, if you do pull the trigger on someone, and they change their ways because of it, please mention the enlightenment you bestowed upon them and the resulting good times that followed. As of my writing this, I still await the post on Boing Boing mentioning the changes PodShow made.


A Mention, A Mention!

Ha! Look at that! blood and mathowie discuss me… (I said “discuss” not “disgust” mind you!)

But if that were the case, then all the early bloggers would be well known. RasterWeb (b. 1997), Now This (b. 1997), and the Bradlands (b. 1998) should have much more traffic than you…

The funny thing is, it’s sort of like “Hey, they’ve been around forever and are still unpopular! Which happens to be just fine with me, as popularity has never really been a goal of RasterWeb! or a goal of mine either…

For the record (not that anyone will read this, since, you know, I am unpopular and have no readers even though I’ve been at it for nearly 8 years…) Where was I? Rambling again, maybe that’s my problem… Ah yes, To give back to the internet, to share what I know, to open ports of communication and all that, to discuss with like-minded freak, geeks, and nerds the things I find fascinating, to write, and rant, and make cool things… I love the internet! Creative people need an outlet. Need it! Without that they go insane. This is one of my outlets…

I also think that what Matt overlooks is that he created or was involved with some very high-profile web sites, and was employed by high-profile companies, and of course does not live in the midwest. I also don’t really go to conferences or hang out with the cool kids of blogging, so few people really know me that well outside of this site. Crap, I’ve known Dave Winer on mailing lists and the web for like 10 years now, and last fall he thought I lived in Denmark or something!

Highlight of my day, mathowie says:

I still read RasterWeb…

Thanks Matt!

(BTW, the proper spelling is RasterWeb! but I’ll let it go, as I certainly don’t expect people to remember such minute details… I truly will claim the title of “toiling away in obscurity longer than anyone else…” Foo!)

(Update: rebecca fixed the spelling, except for the ! but I’m all Yahoo!-like with that anyway…)


Update for December 2004

November had two issues, me working on way too many projects, and thusly taking up way too much of my time, and a bit of that blockage mr. orchard speaks of, wherein you wonder if what you are writing has any worth at all…

I learned recently that “blogs” are for “guys wasting time on the internet writing about stuff” which I suppose is at least better than wasting time playing video games, but I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

As for the dare I say “writer’s block” thing, well, we’ve been at this since 1997, so stopping isn’t really an option. I suppose it is, if I were to get both of my hands chopped off, well… then I could get a monkey and teach it to upload podcasts of me rambling about something…

Anyway, on to the new stuff, which you already read if you do the reverse-chronological thing in reading this, which you might in a browser, but since almost all traffic to this site is via aggregators, that is doubtful. Nonetheless, enjoy!