Kev’s Thoughts On… Blogosphere Immersion

Posted: February 5th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Kev's Thoughts On... | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I’ve been relatively quiet in recent weeks and I apologize for those that periodically follow my writings and look forward to my next post.  The truth is I’ve been extremely caught up with a new business idea, in which I am currently exploring.  I won’t say too much more about it as of yet because its still in the developmental phase, but with any luck I’ll be able to build a really exciting Start-up.

I have found myself caught up the past several weeks digging deep into the blogosphere (for those who don’t know, that is the online world of blogs); mostly as a result of the research I’ve been doing for my new business idea.  But I have found blogs — other than purely amusing and useful on a social level — to be extremely informative, often more so than news articles or a Google search.

Blogs are personal windows into a person’s composition, similar to my own aspirations here.  Exploring blogs can be good or bad, since a lot of people post a lot of rubbish.  However what is so fantastic about the Blogosphere is that once you find someone of value, someone that truly publishes insightful and thought-provoking material, it is a fascinating world to explore, and likely adds to your own life one way or another.  This value compounds to the n-th degree, as great bloggers are usually linked and embedded into entire circles and communities of other fantastic bloggers.  Then your world really explodes as you begin exploring the discussions between these bloggers and begin to see the world, industries, and life through their eyes.

This type of information power has really benefited me in my research, as the facts and trends I look for are rarely found in a simple Google search, and are too emergent or industry-specific to be round in widely-circulated publications.  Reading the personal blogs of professionals within the industry gives me unique perspectives into the current issues on these leaders’ minds.  I get to pick up applicable tips for my own business plans from their reactions and off-remarks.  And I get to glean the most current industry information; as close as one can get to ‘insider information’.

It’s been fun. And I’ll continue to do it.

I’m going to start a list on the side margin linking to some of my favourite bloggers. For your benefit, and for my own quick reference.

To give you a peek into what I’m reading, I think I’ve read every single blog posting of Kaiser Kuo’s Ogilvy China: Digital Watch
And I just finished reading Marc Andreesesen’s The Pmarca Guide to Startups: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5  Part 6 Part 7  Part 8
And also his The Truth about Venture Capitalists Part 1 Part 2