The Idea Dude

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The 7 deadly sins

Here are my 7 deadly sins of blogging:

  • Lust, to covet those page views, Google page rank and Technorati rating
  • Gluttony, to join every online community on the planet
  • Greed, to believe Adsense will make us all millionaires
  • Sloth, to be too lazy to acknowledge a comment on our blogs
  • Wrath, to be really angry when some insanely vanilla blog post gets a million views from Digg and our own award winning post gets a hundred
  • Envy, to dream of becoming an A-lister
  • Pride, to believe our blog is the de facto authority on all things

There are two things I value the most from the blogs I read.

Authenticity
They say we should dance like nobody is watching, we should blog like nobody's reading.

Humility
They say we should dress like the whole world is looking, we should blog like the whole world is reading.

7 Comments:

Anonymous SB said...

Oh dear. I dress like no one is looking. I think I may pretend to have not read that sentence.

But I like, very much, the rest of this post.

And I'm guilty.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

<lol>

I have precisely the same problem!

I think we can share a cell together!

Vern

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Joanna Young said...

This is a great piece Vern. I think lust is my main vice - and do you know it's those times when I'm most covetous that I enjoy blogging the least. I try to shake it off by focusing back on my readers - and on the wonderful, amazing people that populate this place called the blogosphere.

As for your last points - if you've got a magic formula for balancing authenticity and humility, you're welcome to come and blog about it at Confident Writing any time!

Joanna

6:09 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I like this! Although, I am guilty of Lust and Greed though......mildly. And Sloth too sometimes.

Although, I find that I feel so 'responsible' towards those regular readers that I 'sin' less these days. I also used to do a lot of PayPerPost but have done hardly any now because I can't find any topics that I can comfortably integrate into my blog.

6:19 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Thanks Joanna, a lot of what I write is what I strive for, not what I've achieved :)

So I'm very much a work in progress.

There's already a lot of magic happening at Confident Writing! I know, because a lot rubs off on me when I visit!

Vern

6:23 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Amanda, I know what you mean. I'm often tempted to start a new blog with just technical stuff and another one that's just plain goofy to keep it less eclectic.

I do admire the 'professionals' who seem to be able to do it with such high quality and consistently. But as you and I know, there's a lot of work and dedication behind it.

I feel if I tried to keep up at that pace, it would become a job, a chore and an obligation. My heart would then leave the building.

Vern

6:34 PM  
Blogger Bakkouz said...

Its true, I don't know if I would call them "deadly" though :P

3:26 AM  

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