“If you build it, they will come.”
I’ve been blogging now for over ten years in one forum or another. As an early adopter of the Internet, I can remember paying AOL $10/hr. prime time to connect with other like-minded, geeky souls. I cruised the chat rooms of the Undernet long before there were enough people to cause a ‘netsplit.’ I have always felt more at home in cyberspace than in the real world. Yet through it all, I have never retreated here to my home amongst the pixels. I have built a career, friendships and a life outside the cold blackness of cyberspace.
But my vision has always been to use this medium to touch more lives than I could ever possibly physically touch in the real world. To help others understand the powerful tool that we’ve been entrusted with, this Internet. I understood its potential long before others did. It’s too bad I didn’t really have the drive to profit from it in the early days. I have no doubt I could have amassed a fortune. But that’s not my calling, it’s not my passion. There is something deep in my soul that cries out for me to just write. To blog, to be an essayist in the age of information.
With the advent of e-publishing, the nature of information is changing. People are starting to charge for the value of their information, rather than the cost+percentage model of traditional publishing. But in the end, the fact still remains that content is king, and the Internet, and all of its e-marvels will not change that. Slowly, those voices who speak the truth shall rise up out of the flotsam and jetsam of those out to make a quick buck, and publishing as we know it will be forever changed. It’s happening right now.
So this is my field of dreams. Welcome. I hope you find me entertaining at the very least, inspiring at my very best.
Ciao for now.