I live in the Blogosphere
I don’t live in a house, town, province, or country anymore. I live in the blogosphere.
I don’t belong to an ethnic group, profession, religion, orientation, political affiliation, interest group, or educational background.
I’m a citizen of the blogosphere.
- write E-mails
- make phone calls,
- write letters anymore.
The blogosphere is my communication medium and my blogs are transmitters.
These three statements that I’ve written above are, of course, false. I do have a home, a family, a job, and I have a number of attributes which came to me either by birth or by chance.
The Online Existence
Yet, in some virtual or idealistic way, I shed these physical trappings and exist as an independent soul in the blogosphere –
- or cyberspace
- or the ‘Net
- or the Web
or whatever else you want to call this medium). I decided early in the process of becoming a blogger that I wasn’t going to make a big fuss about
- my background
- my geographic location
- or personal situation
– with one notable exception that I devote a second blog to.
I’ve noticed that a few (or more than a few ) of my fellow Canadians or Maritimers – that term refers to people who live in the Canadian provinces of
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
– strongly identify themselves with their home geography.
There are a number of blog directories, groups, or blogrolls for people who live in Canada. I’ve been a member of one or two of them. They’re full of good people and they write good stuff.
My focus is a bit different, however. I’m aiming my blog at the English-speaking world (or the entire English-speaking blogosphere, whichever you prefer). Don’t get me wrong.
I like where I live and I take a certain pride in being associated with my home country. A potential market of over 30 million people is nothing to sneeze at.
However… I think I can successfully communicate and entertain a much broader audience. I’m estimating this audience to include about 1 billion people (assuming they can read English).
By limiting my on-line identity to the specifics of my physical life, am I limiting my potential audience and my potential range of topics that I can write on? I don’t know, but I worry that I might.
Can You Write for Everyone or Just a Niche?
My goal is to write about thoughts and ideas that might interest everyone or anyone. Yes, that’s a pretty big challenge. It might be impossible.
However, I feel that if I represent myself as a citizen of the blogosphere, rather than a specific cultural or interest group, I stand a better chance of appealing to a large audience of people.
Isn’t this what social media is about – the ability to communicate
Haven’t many of the historical barriers and boundaries that hindered communication fallen as the democratizing forces of globalization and Web technologies have spread?
By thinking of myself as a citizen of the blogosphere, I attempt to set my biases and preconceptions aside. I
attempt to communicate simply and clearly to a potentially huge audience.
There is no doubt that my knowledge, experiences, and environment not only shape my writing, they will appear in my writings.
That’s fine and it’s certainly useful. I just don’t want my cultural programming to limit who I talk to or what I say.
So, welcome, fellow citizen of the blogosphere. Got any ideas that you want to share? I sure do.
This is a Contribution by Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman is an IT professional who really enjoys writing about cool stuff.
He broadcasted from his brain at The Uncanny Broadcasting Brain Blog in the past.
He was also trying to address the questions and needs of introverts at The Mighty Introvert.
Great article Mark, I completely agree. I’m from Holland, but have studied in England for two years. I started my own blog last week (www.taxidrivermarketing.com) and didn’t have to think twice about the language in which I was going to write.
There’s about 16m people in Holland and the blogosphere is relatively small. Besides, the Dutch are known for their linguistic capabilities. The chances of a Dutch person not understanding English are far smaller than an English speaken person understanding Dutch.
Most of my favourite bloggers write in English and although there are a few good Dutch blogs and bloggers, by blogging in Dutch I would alienate most people I hope to interact with at some point.
Besides, I feel that I can communicate more effectively and creatively in English.
Mark, thanks again for your post; I think everyone is quickly learning they need to live in the blogosphere – not any one specific place geographically :)
Daan – I like your blog! :)
While it is true that the Dutch are known for their linguistic capabilities, I think you have the right idea; the Dutch will understand English, the English may not understand Dutch! Keep going – it’s great!
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Sometimes it seems like I actually DO spend more time in the blogscape than in the real world.
You are very critical, but you were right in many things.
I think I can successfully communicate and entertain a much broader audience.I’m estimating this audience to include about 1 billion people. By limiting my on-line identity to the specifics of my physical life, am I limiting my potential audience and my potential range of topics that I can write on? I don’t know, but I worry that I might.