Someone mentioned an oldschool blog called **rebecca’s pocket**, and from within that blog, I found [bloggers on blogging](http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/index.html#bloggerson), and decided to click/read through and see what I can take away from 14 “old school, somewhat ‘professional’ bloggers” from the early days of the craft.nnHere are 14 quotes from 14 different bloggers in the interview series:nn1) nn[Matt Haughey](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/matthaughey.html) on **”How were weblogs different from those sites?”** (basically meaning, different from personal web sites)nn*”The most obvious difference was the speed of updates. Instead of 2 times a month, you got 5 a day. And it was the short form that was easy to digest and still interesting if you followed all the links and read all the articles. So it was a mix of personality and efficient writing that pointed to all the wonderful things found online.”*nn2)nn[Jessamyn West](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/jessamynwest.html) on **”How has your weblog changed your life?”**nn*”It allowed those ideas to propagate and put people with similar (or sometimes totally different) ideas in contact with me. I’ve gotten jobs, traveled to other countries, given talks, written articles and edited books mainly because of the exposure I’ve gotten because of my blog. Of course, it’s entirely possible that some of this would have come about anyhow, since I’m a relentless zealot about my ideas, but having a blog, or a web site generally, really was a catalyst for a lot of the things that I’ve done professionally over the past 6-8 years.”*nn3) nn[Heather Armstrong](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/heatherarmstrong.html) on **”How has your writing changed since you started blogging?”**nn*”I write a lot less about things that are happening in the news or on television or in music than I used to. I don’t think that was a conscious decision, but I do think that other people do that better than I do. My website is not a place to visit if you’re looking for great links or political debate. My writing now is more of a memoir being written as it is lived, and I like to focus more on the little world that happens in my home and living room every day because that’s where I am the expert and can give a perspective no one else can. I think I’ve embraced the fact that I come from a really weird background that provides a unique take on really mundane things, and that’s where I’ve tried to put my energy.”*nn4)nn[Rashmi Sinha](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/rashmisinha.html) on **”What do you see as the role of the weblogs in your life?”**nn*”That’s a hard question to answer without sounding overenthusiastic. I love what has happened with this democratization of personal publishing. I love keeping up with people whose writing I enjoy, its fun coming across random blogs on random topics — the other day I came across a blog devoted to ways of tying shoelaces. Blogs allow me to keep in touch with whats happening in India in a manner that newspapers and magazines do not allow. I am always encouraging friends and family members to start blogs.”*nn5) nn[Glenn Reynolds](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/glennreynolds.html) on **”Why is blogging important?”**nn*”It’s a conversation. It’s self-expression (my wife started blogging recently and has found it really therapeutic). And it gives us practice at self-organizing spontaneously, which we’re likely to need in the future.”*nn6)nn[Adam Greenfield](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/adamgreenfield.html) on **”What do you think makes a successful weblog?”**nn*”Voice, primarily. A sense of presence. That the owner has a robust and catholic sense of taste and is determined to give expression to that taste whether or not anyone shares it. Trust in one’s own idiosyncrasies. Fearless honesty coupled to grandmotherly compassion.”*nn7) nn[David Weiberger](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/davidweinberger.html) on **”What is your advice for a new blogger?”**nn*”Links lots. Have fun. When in doubt, press the “publish” button.”*nn8)nn[Megan Reardon](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/meganreardon.html) on **”Is there something about blog writing that is easier or less threatening for you?”**nn*”I think of it as something completely separate. I don’t have to write on a specific subject or fulfill a number of words. Simply because I’m not responsible to anybody else takes away all anxiety. All the potential humiliation is completely my own. Even more important — I have control over the final product. I can edit it, or remove it and pretend it never existed.”*nn9)nn[Fred First](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/fredfirst.html) on **”Before you began blogging, did you consider yourself a writer? Do you now?”**nn*”I would never have thought of myself at all as a writer before the blog. I anguished terribly over calling myself a writer in those early blogging months, though I knew that was where I wanted to go. And I found some peace by telling myself this: “If a man carries a gun into the woods looking for game, he is a hunter, even if he comes back with nothing in his pouch. In the same way, you are a writer. You go out into the world looking for your quarry every morning. You may or may not find it or it may be small with not much meat. But if you go into those woods, you are a writer.” So in this sense, yes, I’m a writer: one who practices a certain way of framing the world in words as a way of celebrating it, making sense of it, holding it up to the light.”*nn10)nn[Jason Kottke](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/jasonkottke.html) on **”Why did you start your weblog?”**nn*”The number of years I’ve been doing this has changed things more than going full-time. 8 1/2 years is a long time to be doing one thing, even when it’s something that you love doing. I’ve worked pretty much full-time since getting out of college. The difference now is that I’m working for myself on projects of my choosing.”*nn11)nn[Tiffany B. Brown](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/tiffanybbrown.html) on **”Have you ever burnt out? How do you handle it?”**nn*”I burn out like clockwork—I’d say every six months without fail :-). I usually just make it a point to back away. With blackfeminism.org, actually, I’ve been on a semi-permanent hiatus since April or so. I was posting furiously almost every day about rather enraging topics. It began to take an emotional toll. So I unplugged from mainstream media for awhile, and stopped updating the site.*nn*When I get burned out like that, I have to walk away for however long it takes for me to feel whole and healed.”*nn12)nn[Scott Rosenberg](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/scottrosenberg.html) on **”What is your advice for a new blogger?”**nn*”I started long enough ago that I imagine the scene is quite different for someone starting today. I have a hard time offering blanket advice because there are so many different styles of blogging and purposes in starting a blog. If you’re aiming to build traffic that’s going to demand some different approaches than if you’re simply aiming to express yourself for a circle of friends. If you’re hoping to use your blog professionally that ‘s a different beast from something that’s purely personal. I think the best advice I could give would be: be conscious of what you want to do with your blog as you’re doing it”*nn13)nn[Bruce Schneier](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/bruceschneier.html) on **”What catches your attention in a weblog?”**nn*”Good information that I didn’t know before.”*nn14)nn[Trine-Maria Kristensen](http://www.rebeccablood.net/bloggerson/trinemaria.html) on **”What do you think makes a successful weblog?”**nn*”Personality and a human voice.”*nn#blogging #writingnn

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