Friday, November 9, 2012

Off-Off-Broadway Blogging

For those of us who seemed destined to remain the blogging equivalent of an Off-Off-Broadway production,  it is sometimes helpful to look to bloggers we respect whose voice is more whisper than shout.

Today I clicked on a post by a blogger who also happens to be a respected novelist (or novelist who happens to blog?). As I read I was struck not only by the sheer beauty of her writing, but the way she expertly wove political and class analysis into a piece that could easily have remained in the realm of the purely personal.

It was an example of the sort of writing I aspire to produce (emphasis on aspire), and it fully deserved attention for all the right reasons. Yet at the end I saw it had garnered a grand total of 3 comments.

This was a welcome reminder for me that in the world of blogging, mass appeal and attention are not necessarily correlated with quality or worth. This is not to say that being a big name blogger, an on-Broadway style production, is an indication of low quality. Bloggers who have made a name for themselves in a pretty big way are all doing many things very right, and mostly this includes producing regular high quality content.

At the same time, there are plenty of hidden treasures out there just waiting to be discovered. Some may consider these bloggers small-timers, but I prefer to think of them as the indy, boutique or Off-Off-Broadway segment of the blogosphere.












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