Reactions to this blog range in the extremes.
JJ Disini chose to treat it as “practical advise on how to handle yourself as a blogger.” A sober and safe comment. If I was in his situation, I’d comment the same way, if I would comment at all.
Jove, on the other hand, wanted to capture that blog’s essence even in his blog’s title Superiority Complex. I think he succeeded.
As for me, I have a pretty good idea on who Bing referred to in her blog. Personally, though I never met this blogger in person (did not go to the summit due to a previous commitment and do you think I will even reveal the gender, eh?), I cannot pass judgment on the blogger. That person may be a good one once you get to know the same (still no gender hints…).
But I can certainly say something about the blog. I personally have nothing against the blog or the blogger but I find the writing style too much like a newspaper column already. The writing already assumes that this blog or its blogger already has the power to shape or form public opinion when of course, its influence only stretches our blogging community. In short, I find the blog a wee bit too arrogant for my taste. In two words: Not impressed.
(Of course my opinion, supposedly, does not count to the blogger and the blog’s devotees because they’re “too high up there” to read my blog anyway. And if they do, what are they gonna do? Sue me? I eat, drink, sleep and breathe lawsuits… Troll? Then you’ll really know they don’t deserve attention since you’ll see they’re all insincere…)
That brings me to anyone’s motivation to blog. I personally blog for expression and a chance to practice my writing. I did not (and still do not) blog for popularity, for “google points” or for “hits.” I’m even thinking of removing all my tracking tools lest I be accused of being a hypocrite.
To blog for popularity, you don’t even have to write well or write intellectually edifying stuff. Just ask Benedict XVI and view his blog. Res ipsa loquitur. But I like this particular blog, mind you and I read it everyday.
Likewise as Jove said, in the blogosphere, there are no leaders or followers. “This new frontier called blogosphere does not have room for leaders, just the assurance that the sense of individualism among us is protected and nurtured. we are not followers… we, in fact, came here to be ourselves. to be followers of our own choices.”
Bravo! Well said, Jove!
My two cents on the matter. More power to you and Bing! The freedom of expression makes the blogosphere, and the internet for that matter, a truly great place to be in. And to stay.