The Idea Dude


Friday, May 02, 2008

Chicken soup at your doorstep

I read a blog this week on TheGoodBlogs. I've lost the url now but the story I read hung around for a day or so. The blogger told how he had locked his keys in his house, his saga trying to find his spare at his mothers, finally getting a locksmith, then rushed to a wedding, forgot the directions and then sat in a traffic jam. Yet at the end of it, he laughed at it all. And blogged about it.

For me, this is what the blogosphere is about. The digital chicken soup. Real people telling real stories that let everyone else know, we're all more alike than we realize. That we all have tough times and we can inspire each other. Not with fancy words or political rhetoric. Just a simple story about us.

The best stories that moved me have always been personal. They are not always success stories, but real stories. Mom blogs are the best in that regard. The blogosphere is a great gathering place for moms because often their lives are immersed in their children. They see very little else because they have little time for anything else. But through their blogs, they connect with each other at their own time, in their own way. Conversations can be made between the carpool and making dinner. Tears and laughter are shared willingly and resonate because more often than not, the reader on the other side is a mom.

That is the magic of the Internet.

Somehow we've cheapened that with spam blogs, corporate blogs, blogs with so much advertising you can't find the message. Like small quaint towns that grow into large sprawling cities drowning in smog and billboards. Imagine if no-one could make any money from their blogs, we would probably remove 99% of all the digital trash. And the last 1% would be pure honey. Real stories from real people... As John Lennon once sang, "Imagine.."


Blogger Amanda said...

You're absolutely right about blogging being one of the most flexible ways for moms to let off steam and also connect with other moms. More than that, it allows moms to connect with other people who are NOT moms too....I find that part invaluable too.

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Amanda

You're right of course. And I'm one of the beneficiaries. Hopefully it has made me a better dad!


10:52 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

It's true; with blogs you really have to brose alot of them to find a few real gems.

11:35 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Elizabeth,

We started TheGoodBlogs in the hopes that we could help connect bloggers and readers and often we succeed. But we're constantly trying to figure out how to make it more relevant.

It's easy if you have say 100 or even 200 blogs but when you have several thousand, it really starts to become noise.


5:30 PM  
Blogger soubriquet said...

Chicken Soup, new friends, stimulus to ideas, so much more.
Yes, a lot of noise occurs too, and whole shoals of readers dip without leaving any sign of their passage.
I wrote once of my imagined "Blog Archipelago" Here's a link, if you're interested.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

That's a great post about the blog archipelago. Here's the freakiest thing. I wrote about the exact same concept i.e. blogs are like islands and even use the same poem.

Check this out.

Is that serendipity or what!

Thanks for sharing your ideas.


3:07 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

This post mirrored my thoughts about the blogosphere's potential to evidence our common ground. It also happened to fit it well with a post I was working on! At any rate I just wanted to let you know that I've excerpted and mentioned your post in my latest entry.

8:07 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Brenda,

You did a wonderful post. Thanks for making me a part of your blog post.

Just another wonderful example of exactly what you said. We're in this together.


9:48 AM  
Blogger Haizum said...

You're absolutely right. There's a lot to be said about learning from other people's experiences. In the old days, "other people" would probably only include family and friends, but these days, with bloggers the world over you don't have to limit yourself to only people around you, not when you have people around the world!

11:07 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Haizum,

Who would have thought you could connect two people from Canada and Malaysia with a touch of a button?

Thanks for sharing.


9:50 AM  

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