Friday, September 3, 2010

Blog Respect

There seems to be two blog "camps" to be in ... one aims for volume and dollars ... one exists to give voice to the everyday journey of life.  While I am parked firmly in the second, "everyday," camp, I'm fascinated by the blogs and bloggers who live in the first camp and try ... and sometimes manage ... to commercialize their blogs.  Exploration of the second camp turned up a remarkable person who succeeds in both ... Jon Morrow.

I'm on Jon's mailing list and didn't realize until recently that he has muscular dystrophy and is paralyzed from the neck down.  He operates his computer with nothing but his voice.  Jon is the Associate Editor of Copyblogger, one of the most commercially successful blogs around and he obviously has been on a life journey worth blogging about.  Jon's basic advice on blogging is:  do something interesting and then blog about it.  Actually Jon puts it a little stronger:
Figure out something everyone has always wanted to do but they believe is impossible.
And then do it.
And then write about it.
It's scary, I know. BUT THAT'S THE POINT.
Do the impossible ... hmmm.  On the surface, Jon's blogging is about making money.  Under the commercial veneer, however, there is a powerful life philosophy spoken (literally) by someone who has walked a rocky path ... who has literally done the impossible and then blogged about it.  But the impossible he focuses on is not his physical limitations but the unlimited opportunity offered by the blog world.

Learn more about Jon and Copyblogger:
Twitter:  10 Tips for getting more blog traffic
How to Be Interesting  21 great tips regardless of which camp you're in
Speech recognition software video: 

About this Image: 
The Key to Beauty ... an old key from Mexico and eucalyptus bark


  1. I know about Copyblogger. I think it's also in my tweet community.

    A lot of people have been going the ProBlogger route, too.

    Thanks for an interesting post and have a great weekend.

  2. Joyce,
    I have come back to reread this. I can't let go of the Jon Morrow quote. It flicked a light on in my head and heart. I'm so excited about trying something. Wow. Thank you thank you thank you thank you. Hugs.