Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.
Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Or… the fine art of examining ones own navel.
There are several things about the blogosphere that bother me. The lookatmelookatmelookatme phenomena for starters. I am not a big fan of look at me behavior.
I recently read The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell. Pretty good book. It talks (partly) about people who are connectors. People who are good at connecting with other people and handle social networks very well. I am not one of these people. I am horrible with social networks. The older I get the more I understand the implications of this on my life. Basically, I will never have the ability to rally groups of others to my ideas. Probably not even if I have good ideas. So it goes. Add one more item to my list of imperfections.
The blogosphere, as we all know by now, is a social network and by having a blog I have decided to participate in that network. Poor me without having any social network skills to speak of. So the questions looming large in my mind are: Why bother? Will anyone read this? Do I have anything worth saying? Should I make an effort toward lookatmelookatme? Will I regret getting attention should it ever come my way?
I recently did some searching and found a healthy number of Montana bloggers out there. In fact I made a point to read a few posts from every single one of them. And I found… no one special. Well, not true, let me rephrase. I found a variety of the same sorts of people I have found reading blogs from around the world for the past several years. Some are politically motivated (and vocal about it), some are family motivated, some are spiritually motivated, fashion motivated, lifestyle motivated, work, play, school, health, friends. All very different from each other, all presenting themselves in a variety of styles that I both like and dislike. They are each trying to say something about the world that occasionally speaks to me, but mostly does not. And the common threads between them all… they each have a blog and they are each Montanans. My people.
I don't care to re-create the list of links I found elsewhere, but I can point to where I started my own search for Montana bloggers, and at the same time make my first small contribution to this social network.
The fine list of Montana bloggers can be found on the sidebar there. And yes, I did visit every single one of them.
There is more Jones in the archives: February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 December 2009 January 2010 May 2014