There’s Gold in Them Thar Shovels

“The World Wide Web is incredibly active, and according to Technorati data, there are over 175,000 new blogs (that’s just blogs) every day. Bloggers update their blogs regularly to the tune of over 1.6 million posts per day, or over 18 updates a second.”

That quote from technorati should open your eyes to the fact that there’s a rush on the internet – a blogging rush.

You can learn alot by looking at the past
gold_rush2.gifA few years ago I saw a PBS documentary on the California gold rush. I had heard about it before, but after watching that documentary I came away with some newfound wisdom.

The promise of fortune and fame drew hundreds of thousands of people to California. Some made good on the promise, but most left never fulfilling the big dreams and desires that they hoped for. This reminds me alot of the recent flood of bloggers on the internet. This blog rush is about the same thing the California gold rush was about – money and the hopes of a better life.

There’s nothing new

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

The above quote is from Solomon, the wisest man of his time. While some take that as a somber and depressing statement, I see alot of truth in it. There will always be new ideas, new inventions and new discoveries, but the underlying principles of our society will remain the same.

Just like there were some 49’ers who found great wealth in the gold fields there are, and will be, people that create great blogs. But the reason I wrote this post was to point out to you that there were other people that amassed great wealth and/or created a better life for themselves during that time. There were people who provided housing, food, and supplies to these people. In my mind the people that supplied these services were just as entrepreneurial, and on average became wealthier than those looking for gold.

Round peg in a square hole
If everyone is blogging who’s providing the services to help these bloggers. Most bloggers don’t know how to do all the things that make their blogs what they are. Just like the 49’ers these bloggers would be at a loss without the services provided by others.

Where would blogging be without

  • WordPress
  • plugins
  • themes
  • advertising
  • The list could really go on and on.

    Some people see it
    I see alot of people excited about blogging, and that’s great. I love to read blogs. On the other hand I see alot of people trying to capitalize on this phenomenon by providing services and products to these bloggers and the readers.

    So, should you blog or should you provide a service to these bloggers? I can’t answer that for you. Many people can do both, but don’t try to make yourself into something you’re not.

    One final question
    Powerful Post Award - September 28, 2007If you could go back in time, would you be the one using the shovel or the one selling the shovel?

    Posted on September 11, 2007
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    2 Responses to “There’s Gold in Them Thar Shovels”

    1. Derek Anderson on November 17th, 2007 12:20 pm

      You are talking about the little bits that help bloggers.
      Here are a couple that I like

      1. Subscribe to comments. (Word Press plugin)
      2. ClipX (Windows clipboard program allows more than one copy and paste)
      3. CoLT (Firefox addon lets you grab links and text already formatted in HTML)
      4. FastStone Capture (Screen capture utility for Windows…I use it everyday)
      5. Google Alerts (What can I say)

      This is all free stuff. However, if you are using MAC, the Win programs are useless.

      What I have discovered while blogging is this:
      If I don’t know that I am missing something, how can I search for it?


    2. Derek Anderson on November 17th, 2007 12:21 pm

      …and I hope that I would be selling the shovels!

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