My Submission to the \”100 Bloggers\” Book

Back on Feb. 2, I announced that I’d been selected to contribute an essay to Jon Strande’s forthcoming print book, 100 Bloggers. (Thanks again to Paul Chaney for getting me involved with this project.)

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and today I finally decided what to contribute…

I figured that the audience of a print book about weblogs would mainly be seeking a general understanding of weblogs and the culture that surrounds and permeates them. I figured these would probably be nontechnical people, possibly not even net users.

One thing that makes the blogosphere a bit difficult to enter is all the give-and-take. People who are accustomed to traditional print or broadcast media often aren’t expecting that level of interaction, and it often overwhelms them or turns them off. Especially when that interaction takes the form of lively disagreement or conflict.

I wanted to prepare these people for that aspect of the blogosphere, and help them see its benefits.

Hence, I’ve chosen to submit this article: Why Disagreement Is Good, which I originally published on Jan. 5.

So what do you think of my choice?

4 thoughts on My Submission to the \”100 Bloggers\” Book

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  1. Amy,

    At 570 words this seems a little light on for an “essay”. But it might be
    just what Paul Chaney is looking for. The topic, however, is right on. I
    think it is an important topic for the audience. If you look to expand the
    essay then you might look to more examples (both good and bad) to illustrate
    your story.

    Love your work.

    Andrew.

  2. I agree that it might be a little brief according to the 100Bloggers guidelines, but the topic is great. It really gets to the heart of what makes blogging a revolutionary medium.

  3. I suggest, Amy, that you expand this article. Explain “trolling”, “baiting”, “lurking”, “flaming”.

    See my new article that has my 7 reasons why a blog reader will not leave a comment, at:

    “Blogging is Good for You”
    http://vaspersthegrate.blogspot.com/2005/02/bloggging-is-good-for-you.html

    I discuss how just thinking hard and writing a blog post frequently can, as Biz Stone says in “Who Let the Blogs Out?”, make you smarter.