1. Tuesday, April 19, 2005

    i keep telling this big time magazine 

    that they really dont want to know what bloggers are like on the other side of the screen,

    that even santa claus loses his charm when you remove his uniform and present him out of context.

    THATS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO DO! they said.

    not really agreeing with me. they just always write in all caps cuz theyre dumb.

    they want me to intervew a half dozen big time bloggers and find out what makes them tick, what they think makes a good blog, what advice they’d have for new bloggers

    all that regular crap.

    i told them that ive been interviewed a zillion times and never has it ever turned out the way that ive wanted it to, that people just cant get a good snapshot of a good blogger because good bloggers should be like good fastballs – always moving, always unpredictable, always insanely aggressive.

    they were all we will pay your rent for next month if you can get us what we’re looking for.

    yawn. the old tempt-me-with-money ploy. dont they know that doesnt work on some people?

    so i look to you, dear readers.

    if you were flipping through a sunday magazine in one of your newspapers and you saw that 5-10 influential bloggers were being interviewed, what would you want them to talk about?

    what would you be interested in finding out abuot them?

    do you really care what inspired them to blog? does that even matter? do we care that lance armstrong started riding ten speeds cuz his older brothers did?

    do you care about design tips?

    about this fake debate between blogger and moveable type?

    do you care about ways to get more hits? do you even believe that its possible to follow some sort of formula to get hits?

    should political bloggers be ignored because all that shit ever boils down to is red ants and black ants?

    i want to write this article but i want to do it for the wrong reasons. i want to do it because i know that if i dont i will wake up one sunday and read it and say “why on earth did they pick *those* bloggers?”

    and “god those are the same lame predictable questions that lead to the same lame predictable answers.”

    so what questions should i ask these people if i accept this mission

    and what insights are you looking for in bloggers of 2005?

    raymi + brooks + luke ford + terra