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Read my lips: I don’t need to be an influential blogger.
That’s all there is to it, guys. You can go home now. Nothing new here.
You want to stay a while? Suit yourself. Nobody is stopping you.
About me and influential blogging. Here are a few quick points though -
1. I don’t need to be an influential blogger. I know myself, I know what I want, and I know where to go. In the grand scheme of things, at least I know that striving to be an influential blogger is the least of my priorities.
2. This blog writing project is just a game for me. I will not lose sleep over it if I don’t win. I will not even obsess about making a good showing. Whatever happens, you will find the same Jan even after the contest. Win or lose. You wanna bet? I’m up for that, too.
3. But I will be going out of my comfort zone to push for the nominations of my Top 10 List of Emerging Influential Blogs of 2009. I owe them that. I’ve shoved them into this without seeking their permissions. I feel responsible on their behalf.
4. To this extent, I can be relied upon to be scheming and devious and active supporter. If there were only ghost bloggers I’d round up people on behalf of those dead bloggers to vote for my candidates. You know what I’m saying? You got it. I am a loyal friend. At least that part you got right.
5. Beyond helping my candidates get their fancy titles, I will ask nothing more. So don’t worry if I visit you. I can put on a big show in your blog but I’m just doing this for my kids. I’m not there to charm your pants off. I hope that’s clear enough.
What do I want
I just want my friends to have fun. To make them push themselves and test the limits of possibilities in the blogosphere. And for them to stay friends while being competitive. That’s one way of making them understand themselves and the needs of their fellow bloggers.
I don’t need fancy titles to keep myself happy. I am quite happy with the little I have in this world. If that means no Kindle2 e-reader for me – fine. If that means I’d be forever in a hunt for secondhand computers and laptops – so be it. If that means I don’t get to hobnob with and call the Movers and Shakers of the blogosphere by their first names – well, it’s no skin off my nose. I have simple needs and I am fine with that.
I just want to write
And write some more.
Because doing so will make me understand myself more. Writing as a daily discipline gives me a chance to do that and thus become a better person in the process. Perhaps.
Here’s Michael Martine’s superb blog post on how blogging can make you become a better person.
What can be more priceless than becoming a better person, pray tell me?
In my book – nothing. And please -
I’m Yoda for crying out loud
So don’t wave that box of tissues in my face. I’m a bit peeved, and yes, a little teary-eyed writing this – that I admit. But hey, Jedi knights don’t cry. Do remember that.
Besides, I’m armed to the teeth. I have my own box of tissues here, thank you.
Over to you, guys. So what happened in the blogosphere today? Feeling particularly influential today? Please share us your stories. I’m listening.