• Hollering Into The Void


    "John,

    Thanks for the support. I sometimes wonder if I'm hollering weird photoshops and awkward puns into the void. ..."

    I remember that terrible feeling. Only I really was hollering into the void.
    ~~~

    A few days ago, I dropped a note to one of our bloggers on Twins Daily, telling them that I enjoyed their latest entry and planned to promote it. Their response is above, and it reminded me of my first seven months of blogging back in 2002. I'd spend an hour or two writing every night. And every day I'd look and find at most 15-20 people were reading me.

    I also remember that once Brad Zellar, an oustanding local professional writer found me and dropped me a note telling me how good he thought one of my entries was. It meant a lot to me then, but looking back, I wonder if it didn't mean everything. It might well have been the difference between stopping or writing.

    ~~~
    It was the second time this week I've been reminded of that. The first time was yesterday when I read an outstanding short entry by internet marketing guru Seth Godin:

    "The cost of setting up a lemonade stand (or whatever metaphorical equivalent you dream up) is almost 100% internal. Until you confront the fear and discomfort of being in the world and saying, "here, I made this," it's impossible to understand anything at all about what it means to be a entrepreneur. Or an artist."

    Or a blogger. This is why I love bloggers.

    It's also why I have so little patience any more for media who take shots at bloggers. Yes, they're also putting themselves out into the world. But it's one thing to publish when you know you're being read (and paid). It's another to publish in the face of the monster of the void. I love people who have stared down that demon.

    Blogging is an act of faith, and there are few things I find more beautiful than an act of faith. (Posting on a message board the first time can be one too.) If you recognize that or feel the same way, I'd encourage you to reward those writers you think deserve that recognition with a comment or message. I also hope you'll think twice before discouraging someone brave enough to confront that fear and discomfort.

    ~~~
    Twins Daily will continue to try and do what it can, too. If you're an independent blogger and want to let the world know you're there, please consider posting a link in our forums of any store of which you are especially proud. Hundreds of people read those links and people will find you. We want people to find you. Just remind us where you are.

    Or you can blog on our site, too. We set you up one when you registered. Just go to the Blogs page and look for a line in the upper right to "My Blog." If you're willing to try hollering at the void, know that we promote quality entries to the front page, where thousands of people will read it.

    That also is true for existing bloggers that want to republish a story from their site. We'll only promote full stories, but include as many teasers back to your blog as you like. We want people to find you.

    This is as much of the mission of Twins Daily as it is to provide independent quality Twins coverage. It is no fun hollering at the void.

    Blog on,
    John
    This article was originally published in blog: Hollering Into The Void started by John Bonnes
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      When running a site,
      All your points are well taken, but don't really address my point, which is that when someone feels they have a legitimate complaint, being told it's even worse elsewhere doesn't likely cut it.

      I doubt your parents let you slide by pointing out that other kids in middle school were even worse. (Well, actually, maybe you *were* the kid my parents warned me about. )
    1. mcrow's Avatar
      mcrow -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      tl; dnr

      /
      So you're saying stick to twitter?
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Han Joelo View Post
      The last one I did was a total clunker--after one comment I wanted to just delete it. Hard not to be sensitive, but until I sequester myself in a cabin and write a novel, throwing up comments and the occasional posts are as close as I'll come to being a professional writer. Thanks to all of you for what you do.
      We'll happily put up with your comments and occasional posts until that novel project comes together. In fact, I think I'll do the same.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      I don't know if this is the proper forum, but at least it will be read. I have started a couple of blog entries, but quit them because I couldn't start a new paragraph. Am I doing something wrong, or is there a setting I should change? Thanks for your help mods and bloggers.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      I don't know if this is the proper forum, but at least it will be read. I have started a couple of blog entries, but quit them because I couldn't start a new paragraph. Am I doing something wrong, or is there a setting I should change? Thanks for your help mods and bloggers.
      Weird, we'll help you get that figured out. I sent you a PM.
    1. Blackjack's Avatar
      Blackjack -
      This article kind of explains the nature of some of the articles, there have been more than a few where I wondered what the heck, thats kind of off topic, not really about the Twins - people are practicing their writing. Good for them.

      I followed Seth here from his site, I'm here mainly to get Twins info, I've learned a lot, I follow the minor leagues more than I ever did before I got here.

      Unless I have a lot of time, I stay away from reading all the comments, unless its one of the original starters of the site, too much bickering in the comments.

      Not sure where to ask this so I'll ask it here. Sometimes I have a question that I'd like to post, for example "Why do players get thrown at for doing there job, like hitting a home run?" but not sure where to post it???

      Thanks!! Keep up the good work all!!
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackjack View Post
      Not sure where to ask this so I'll ask it here. Sometimes I have a question that I'd like to post, for example "Why do players get thrown at for doing there job, like hitting a home run?" but not sure where to post it???

      Well, if it's a simple question, just start a new thread in the forums (red navigation bar near top of page, "Forum" link). Be sure to choose the appropriate forum category that is most relevant to your new topic.

      If it's a longer question that you maybe want to expand upon and theorize (basically, turning it into a full-fledged article), write a blog about it (same red navigation bar, "Blogs", then "Create New Blog").
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