Bringing it back to life
Well, I must admit I can understand the current discussions in many blogs right now. There are several posts at Uarrr, Stylespion, Tautoko, Jeriko, Amy&Pink, Maingold about changes and development within the “blogosphere”. And some other posts (e.g. Hasencore) are aguing about weither to discuss the developments or to wait and see what we get (I can understand his opinion as well).
I think it’s a good idea to discuss the developments and see what the impressions of others are. But I must admit I am not an old rabbit, like we used to say in Germany, when it comes to blogging. My first blogpost was published about a year and a month ago. Many things changed for me. And I can’t imagine what really developed to the bad side!?
I don’t want to use this blog post to give feedback to that discussion but I want to say that we can change these developments ourselves.
Instead of these negative sides and saying what maybe has been better in the past, I want to say something about the good sides of all this and give an impulse to change. A while back I blogged about my reasons, why I am doing all this internet, social media…stuff. And I must say I can’t believe the things which are happening right now.
I started blogging and slipped more and more into the social web. I commented at many blogs and used twitter to make exchanges possible. I love to share things and sometimes the web really suprises me what it makes possible.
In march I went to my first Barcamp, the DesignCamp in Cologne. There I met some owners of blogs which I only knew via the web: Malte, Kai, Johannes, Andre, and some more. It was really interesting and after some beer at the party it got really funny.
From that time on I met several people from other blogs. And I am really convinced that if you have the same interests or the same attitude, you can have a lot of fun and interesting conversations.
Like I said in my other blogpost: “…And what I really like that most of the ideas cross the border to the real world.”
There are several examples where the whole web stuff comes back to real life. The UXCamp in Berlin, the visit of Kai and Malte some weeks ago, Störteblogger, BarCamp Hamburg…
A highlight was definitly the last weekend. Malte, Ben and me visited Steffen, in order to make a creative weekend. We made little workshops (MODx, Photography), had several discussions, had some beer, made a BBQ and stuff like this. But the incredible thing was that we all knew each other just from the web.
And I think these are the possibilities. We should cross the border between web and real life. And we should link back to each other, point out to interesting blog posts, reinvent the blogroll, and make things possible TOGETHER, create new ideas, bring new things alive. Because I think that was the main idea behind all the social web thing or not? (Addition: these are the things the fashion blog connection is doing, which many of you are jealous of, nothing else or?)
So, come on people, who else could possibly change something if not ourselves?
In my opinion “Ausgesprochen” of SDBR is a good example. Or “Behind the Blog” of Ignant. And “Hallo Unbekannt“, initialised by Mr. Uarrr, even if he is not only making interviews with web people but it is a new aspect of weblog.
And by the way another good example is happening right now within this blogpost and all the others I mentioned above. If we would go on talking about other aspects besides blogging itself, we have the perfect way of connection within weblogs.