The Tyranny of the Blogosphere

I’m back in the saddle after an excellent vacation and I have to admit, I don’t feel like I missed much.

During my trip to the Olympics, I wasn’t online except for a handful of times. I sent a couple of e-mails to the fam and kept some friends updated on my adventures but that was about it.

The return from my travels reiterated the fact that the tech blogosphere consists of a significant amount of noise and echoes. As I browsed through my Rojo account (really like the facelift), the headlines all ran the same way and they didn’t wow me. Perhaps in part because I was watching crazy athletics feats that seemed to make everything else seem, well, less important.

I was most amazed by the fact that within about 30 minutes, I could catch up with “all the important tech news items” I had missed. As I was able to do the same with my work and personal e-mail, something dawned on me. I probably waste more time each day waiting for all this new information – from the blogs / news sites I read and my e-mail – than I do in actually consuming it.

Tending to my newsreading and e-mail in such a short amount of time, made me feel sort of silly, as if I typically waste huge parts of my day and week on futile endeavors.

That rang especially true in regards to what I had been thinking about prior to my departure – this whole A-list discussion. Trying to keep up with the Jones’ or rather those perceived as the Jones’ of the tech and business blogosphere really does not do much for me personally or for my career.

It’s the reason why I shared my insight on avoiding blogging burnout, why I stopped e-mailing the A-listers months ago, or have not written posts just to get on tech.memeorandum. I am going to continue to blog here, whether I have 2 or 2,000 readers. It is a place where I can write about what I find interesting in the web and Internet world and not what everyone else tries to tell me is.

My modus operandi for running this blog absolutely cannot be determined by the number of links I’m getting, my RSS subscriber stats, or how many of the so called A-listers reference me. Doing so would mean that I was being driven by The Tyranny of the Blogosphere.

But the blogosphere, especially the tech blogosphere is a very small place that does not warrant such power. My trip reopened my eyes to the great big world out there – the real world. And for me, I am more excited about the ability I have to publish my thoughts than I am about receiving link love. I am more exciting about reading blogs about topics I enjoy, like American History or accessing the podcast for the sermons I missed while I was gone than to read a hundred posts about Google Pages (I think the service is a great idea, just don’t need everyone and their mom telling me about it). I am more excited about the USA Today Olympics Blog than I was about finding out about Technorati Faves.

I’m not trying to be snobby here or to think that I am somehow better or above the blogosphere that I so often engage. But I won’t be run by The Tyranny of the Blogosphere. The world is too big, life is too short, and I have too many dreams for that to be how I run my day. Don’t let The Tyranny of the Blogosphere rule you either!