Cell Phone Fan Learns Some Lessons About Blogging


A few days ago, the Cell Phone Fan blog posted a wildly off-target post about the arrogance of alpha-bloggers. He specifically attacked Doc Searls. Now, he's aghast that people are reading and responding to his post. Welcome to the blogosphere!

What's really interesting is that Doc linked to his post and now Cell Phone Fan wants Doc to remove the link. That's not how it works. You don't get to decide who links to or reads a public entry. If you put it on your blog, then its fair game. Lesson number 1 of writing a blog.

The sad thing about this is the Cell Phone Fan has it all wrong. First, blogs are not about fame for deeds like writing code, they're a method of transmitting information. I read Doc's blog because I like how he thinks and appreciate how he's challenged my thinking on a number of levels. I'm not alone. That is one of Doc's many contribution ands its valued by the people who read his blog.

The irony is that Doc is one of the nicest guys I know and that is the basis for much of his popularity. Cell Phone could learn some lessons there as well.