A goal: 20 interesting things to say…

“yeah, our days are numbered…after a while it begins to sound like background noise. I don’t have 20 interesting things to say a day, and I don’t believe many people do…”  (1) Kathleen Parker  (response to the question of the frequency and quality of “new media” (blogs)).

I absolutely agree that most people don’t have 20 interesting things to say  in a day – let alone a month even – for some, even a lifetime.

A lesson to be learned about the quality of writing on a blog – each piece treated as if one is writing an essay.

Over time, people will begin to learn how to discern the good from the bad  (anyone can blog afterall) and not just the popular. What the “old media”  (i.e. the published analogue media)  took care of for readers was a certain kind of filter and editing process. Readership knew this and perhaps this lead to a degree of complacency to accept what we see online. This is something we will have to re-educate ourselves to overcome.

Frequency of “bits” , while it may supply the needs of the attention deficit disordered reader , should not become the method by which one gains readership attention…  if one does achieve readership due to frequency – be wary.

I want depth – not frequency…

(1) 2010 Pulitzer prise récipient Kathleen Parker (traditional media / “old fashion conservative columnist” ) on the question of the transformation taking place in journalism and the “new media landscape”…and getting “attention”  (or otherwise known as an audience) .    Interview on NPR (Scott Simon)