the other day and has the whole thing up.
below i have cherry picked some of my favorite questions/answers, feel free to read the interview in its entirety here. ps its loooong.
Q. With your success, do you expect to see more blogs follow your footsteps with cafepress?
A. in order to have a blog work in a book there needs to be stories, not just “went to work today, those bastards…” so hopefully people will start writing more narritive tales about their daily lives so they could put together a book. plus you need a lot of material. most people dont write every day, so it could take years for them to have enough good posts to do it. so hopefully it will inspire people to
post more often too.
Q. Will there be a How to Blog 2005? (One ever year?)
A. I put together the first blook two years ago. i had plans about making one last year but i didnt feel happy with the material. im glad i waited two years cuz i think that How To Blog only has good posts. I wouldnt want a book with clinkers.
I do hope to put out a book of my political posts in 2005 but it might not happen cuz i dont even want to think about politics for a while let alone have to go through all that old crap any time soon.
I also hope to put together a small book of my old poems. This Christmas is the 10th anniversary of my favorite book of poems, Ilka, so maybe i will do something nice to celebrate that this spring. but dont hold your breath.
i also am interested in making a book of emails. also a book from my secret blog. and also a book of pure sex stories.
but im really lazy and hyper critical so if we get another collection
of blog posts by 2006 then i would consider that an accomplishment.
Q. Also, does cafepress check copyrights (eg. images, etc)?
A. Suprisingly yes. They have a legal department that needs written proof.
Q. What is your dream job?
A. Blogger at the Playboy Mansion.
Q. Fill in the blank… Blogging is a _______ dollar industry.
A. not to be evasive, but its not an industry yet. there are a few companies making decent money through blogs (BlogAds, PayPal, Amazon, Google), and maybe 150 blogs, but that doesnt really an industry make.
and as much as i would like to blog for a living, im not sure blogs and ads and money should be combined in the traditional sense – even though theyre doomed to.
if people spent as much time writing and experimenting as they do in getting hits and making money, the blogosphere would be a better place. im sure my little schemes only add to the problem but i never said i wasnt a hypocrite.
Q. How patient do new bloggers have to be to really get heard and recognized?
A. Through blogging you can learn a lot of things and patience is one
of the great traits. New bloggers and old bloggers should give up on
the concept of being heard or recognized and instead simply focus on
speaking from their hearts. The Velvet Underground weren’t heard or
recognized during their reign but they kept making records. Thank God
they didnt give up right away. The same could be said for Van Gogh and
If your purpose of writing a blog is to get popular and rich, odds are
your blog is going to suck and you will get neither goal. If you
simply want to write every day then its a great thing. If you want to
practice your writing, it cant be beat. But popularity many times
makes no more sense in the blogosphere than it does in real life so
just think about the new kids at high school who were obviously trying
to be popular: they always looked like kissasses. dont be one of them.
Q. We know you are big on Cobain but, who is your favorite rapper?
A. Ad Rock, Ice Cube, Eminem, Dr. Dre. four-way tie.
Q. What do you say to Howard Stern who says male bloggers are a
little…nehh..fruity? (and to paraphrase, female bloggers=yentas)
A. I’m a huge fan of Howard’s. If you recall his last book was called
Miss America and on the cover he is wearing a dress and makeup, so if
he wants to call anyone fruity i guess he has the right to say so
under the old rule of “it takes one to know one.”
btw i dont think Howard or Robin know very much about bloggers, with
all due respect. he also said that in the wake of him shutting down
his overly-popular message board. Howard could easilly be the king of
the internet but he seems to be spooked by it pretty quickly, and
thats understandable, he’s a control freak, and the web doesnt like to
be controlled, ask aol or yahoo.
Q. What is your blogging process…
A. I go to work and do my thing until its time to take a break, then i
write whatever comes to my head that doesnt suck. i try to do this
before 11am for the east coasters. then i try to write something
before or right after lunch. then i try to write something before i
go to sleep at night, again, for the east coasters. i barely re-read,
and i rarely edit or spell check. not cuz im cocky, but because im
critical and if i look at it and hate it i will obsess and i might
delete it. the point of blogging is to write and hit publish and duck.
not to go back and tinker and poke at the zits.