The Idea Dude


Saturday, March 25, 2006

Who the Dickens is the greatest blogger of all time?

He didn't live in the Internet age nor did he have a computer but he could perhaps be characterized as one of the first bloggers that actually made money. He was Charles Dickens. Not many people know he published his stories as installments. Each installment had a hook that kept people buying the next one. Perhaps the modern blogger looking to grow a respectable readership should look to this man on how to write a compelling blog that could capture imagination rather than the usual commentary of who is doing what in Hollywood. That's a segway to what Dickens would have said about the Internet, Web 2.0 etc....

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we we had nothing before us...'

His blog would have been titled, A Tale of Two Technologies, a story about the Internet Revolution, describing technology monarchies overthrown without dignity by web mobs. Queen Antoinette would utter her famous words, "Let them use Windows" not knowing that the Internet would transcend the very bastion of computing.

On the note of famous people, I was struck by the humility of Benjamin Franklin who despite having achieved more than most people including being an inventor, statesmen, etc, instructed that his epitaph be, 'Here lies the body of Ben Franklin, printer'. My epitaph, less eloquent, but no less inspired would be, 'The Dude is dead, long live the Idea'...


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