Is blogging cool?


Is blogging cool?


A few days ago I was in a meeting with a group of church leaders.  The topic of blogging came up and a few the leaders commented about how they weren’t cool enough to blog. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to respond.

I don’t see any relationship between blogging and being cool.   Those who approach blogging as a way to be cool or boost their personal status and influence are often frustrated.  I’ve observed published authors struggle to get traffic because they write to get traffic.  For many blogging is about relationships that often go beyond posts and comments to IM, Skype, phone and face to face meetings.  The younger generations have a stronger desire for community and interaction and blogging helps fulfill that.  The lack of heirarchy on the web has allowed people form their own tribal communities.

I’ve been a blogging evangelist  for the last couple of years but I have had a terrible time recruiting “boomers” to sign on.  They see a blog as just one more thing to do.  It is another form of one way communication.  It seems difficult for them to recognize how real and beneficial online relationships can be.  It isn’t about being cool, it is about connecting with people.

  1. #1 by becky on October 30, 2004 - 6:20 pm

    Even “Clevelanders” can blog — and be pretty cool people too. At least in my book.

  2. #2 by Darren on October 30, 2004 - 11:11 pm

    To Blog or Not to Blog….

  3. #3 by Bene Diction on October 31, 2004 - 12:29 am

    I agree that boomers don’t get it.

    Statistics align with your observation.

    Do you think part of problem is technology LT? Many of them use computers at work, have peaked on the learning curve and come home to tired to use the technology for connection.

  4. #4 by Linea on October 31, 2004 - 5:46 am

    I don’t blog because it’s cool. That would not be enough incentive. Yet I am a boomer and on the older end of boomerism. Why do I blog? I like this means of communicating. For me this works better than a phone because I am better at written communication.

    Maybe there is a lot of truth in what Bene says about using IT all day long at work and not wanting to use it for talking to other people when they get home. There is still a lot of fear about the internet among boomers as well. For myself it is almost a place I retreat to after working with people all day.

    But I don’t know if I would keep on long term if I hadn’t met in person some fellow bloggers of the nicest kind of people variety. Their’s are the blogs I read regularly.

  5. #5 by Leighton Tebay on October 31, 2004 - 9:00 am

    Linea:

    I don’t think anyone who blogs to appear cool blogs for very long. It doesn’t matter what age they are. Most of the “boomers” I’ve tried to recruit are church leaders, and I think some of them view blogging as the next fad. A lot of church leaders are very used to communicating in safe environments where there is no interactivity or they can control the amount of interactivity. On the web things can get out of hand quickly and there is more danger involved. I think that scares people off. The most common answer I get from those who would rather not blog is that they are too busy.

  6. #6 by Randall on October 31, 2004 - 4:28 pm

    I get to 41 and I’m finally cool??

    It is a dangerous medium though. I learned that a few weeks ago… a T-shirt was involved…

  7. #7 by Paul Johnston on November 1, 2004 - 5:50 pm

    Frankly, I’ve been cool for years. Thought I’d give this blogging thing a shot in the hope that some of my abundance might filter down to twenty something wannabees. It’s harder then I thought. Don’t worry Bene, my cracker friend, I’ll keep trying.

    Smackmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Fingers)

  8. #8 by Little Bear on November 2, 2004 - 5:14 pm

    no, blogging is cool.

  9. #9 by Krystal on November 7, 2004 - 10:39 pm

    I didn’t get into blogging because it was cool. I got into blogging because I was inspired to share my ideas and thoughts with people. I guess just the fact of being able to share your thoughts and ideas can be considered “cool”. :)

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