London's Guardian Unlimited, which claims to be the UK's most popular newspaper web site, mentions Dan Bammes (Dan's Cancer Weblog) in an article headlined, "A sympathetic modem - Bobbie Johnson on how the internet is helping people cope with grief and illness."
Multiple kudos on the genesis of Dan's Mulitple Myeloma blog: Pete Kruckenberg, glad you encouraged Jim Stewart to blog. Jim, glad you talked me into blogging. Dan, glad you didn't just laugh when I shared with you my recently-discovered zeal for blogging.
So what do we learn from this? Blogs are a form of viral marketing, yes. A little blog can make a much bigger ripple than you might suspect. (Guardian Daily in print has 400,000 readers. Wonder what their site draws?)
Consider these personal questions about blogging:
Okay, now that I've asked you the questions, what are some of the answers for me? Yes, I want to improve my blog. For me it works better when I give it daily attention. But even when I can't write during the week, I can usually get in a few moments on weekends and it's been well worth it. For me it's like that old Sophie Tucker quotation: "I've been rich and poor, and rich is better." Well I've kept journals on and off for more than 25 years, and I've been a fairly steady blogger since February. In short, I've tried writing and not writing, and writing is definitely better.
Who would I like to see blogging? Here's a quick, partial list: Kucera, Elwell, Hunter, Krier, Cline, Gardner, Petersen, Hess, Millington, Strickland, Jones... But wait, these are your associates, don't you see them enough face-to-face? Some, but not all. Besides what you blog about and what you talk about are often different and sometimes strangely complementary topics. Then there's the time issue. Rarely can I sit in Jim's office, but I can scan his blog. I glance at the lure, and many days he sets the hook. Another form of catch and release I suppose. (Jeff Holmes got me thinking about fishin' today.)
So who is on your list of prospective bloggers who'd undoubtedly generate some distinctive (and perhaps much needed) ripples in the pond?