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March 16, 2006

Why bloggers should not read blogs


Not doing so instantly solves one problem: that of attribution.

Because if you don't read blogs then it's hardly likely you'll be using material from them without noting it.

I am fanatical about citing and linking to my sources whenever possible; they're invariably print–based but, on average, once or twice a day items appear as a result of joeheads sending me links to websites or blogs which I think might be of interest to you.

Sure, Shawn Lea emails me once a week or so noting that I've just featured something she covered a month or a year ago: she kindly encloses the link to prove it.

But she knows full well that my post didn't result from seeing it in her estimable blog, everythingandnothing.

She — and I - chalk it up to synchronicity.

Mark Twain remarked, "Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said."

This is wonderful advice, never more applicable than when you're on the witness stand in court under blistering cross–examination by a blood–on–the–lips plaintiff or defense lawyer who'd like nothing better than to show the jury that you're an out–and–out lying fraud.

I've been there and done that (the witness stand, under oath) on more than one occasion and I'm here to tell you that:

1) You don't ever want to go there (your shirt and pants stick to your skin as the sweat pours out).

2) You must never, ever let them see you sweat (I recommend a dark suit).

3) The truth is the only thing that sets you free from anxiety about what you're saying being accurate.

4) An anesthesiology residency does wonders for your ability to think quickly and clearly under enormous pressure.

Twain's quote is a precious jewel, a pearl of wisdom that will enhance your life forever if you incorporate it into your everyday way of doing things.

Sure, the truth hurts sometimes, but that pain is long since forgotten when you need to recall it and it returns to your consciousness just as clear as the day you first uttered it.

What does telling the truth have to do with not reading blogs?


Simply that doing the latter lets you do the former effortlessly.

I can't speak for you but me, I sleep much better that way.

Twain also wrote, "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."

One last note: I read recently that Kevin Kelly, the estimable seer of things to come that matter, spends a goodly portion of his waking life online looking at blogs and websites, feeling for the faint pulse of what's about to become everyday reality.

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I'm an American living abroad and was recently struck by a photo of Katie doing her evening broadcast, which was shown on the Larry King show, and I thought "that CAN'T be Katie!" Was it really back in 2004 that she had surgery done because I swear she still had her unique Katie look before signing off of the morning show. In any case, she looks like a completely different person...and not in a good way.

Posted by: Kat | Feb 23, 2007 9:37:06 AM

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