A recent flurry of emails among the BlogHighEd contributors has been fascinating. The discussion about bringing on new bloggers created a great conversation about why some people blog and what they want to see on BlogHiEd. What I liked most was the reason they blog—they’re passionate about their subject and they want to share it with others.
Anyone who’s been blogging for a few months or more knows it’s a lot of work. You spend time doing research. You try to keep up with other blogs. You write and rewrite until your copy is dynamic and tight. You throw it out there and hope you’ve contributed something of interest that people will read.
And, you hope for feedback.
When I was a reporter it was the same process. I gathered information, wrote, waited for it to be published. I grabbed the paper the next day to see if the editor changed it and why. I studied how they treated it. Was it a two or three column story? Was it on the front page of the local news, above the fold?
Finally I hoped for feedback from folks on the street.
The only thing that’s changed with blogs is that you are your own reporter, proofreader, editor, layout artist and publisher.
And you don’t get paid.
I have a lot of respect for anyone who can maintain a good blog. Most folks are doing all the above while trying to keep up with:
-processing all the new and morphing info appearing in little daily explosions
BlogHighEd is a great project by a couple young, very busy guys who also decided to allow “members” to vote on the next blogger to be admitted to the aggregator, an act of true democracy. The site is in its infancy and can take several directions. Personally, I like the fairly even distribution of blogs by PR, marketing, alumni and web folks.
I hope everyone involved can maintain their energy, focus and commitment.
Finally, I know readers are just as busy as everyone else. But do try to take a few moments to leave feedback on the blogs you read and make your own contribution to the conversation.
That’s what it’s all about.
(Note: I made the spelling correction of the BlogHighEd site. See Comments.)