Star bloggers: Kaye Trammel is doing her dissertation on celebrity bloggers (that is, celebrities who blog… though I would have thought that bloggers who become celebrities would be interesting, too.). So send her suggestions.
Some people wisely choose dissertation topics that require very little research. I wish I had thought of that.
Jeff, I do plan to study bloggers who become celebs … but right now that is not central to the questions that I’m asking in my dissertation. Thanks for the plug — I’d love to see if there are some blogs out there that I haven’t yet found before phase 1 of my data collection ends. :)
Now there’s an irony… stars blogging to show that they’re ‘normal’… normal people blogging to show they have ‘star power’.
It is funny, though, watching one’s site go from a couple of visitors a month to thousands and thousands, all within literally a few days… without any change in M.O., corporate cash behind you, or product to sell. Just thoughts… driving the engine etc.
It happened to me, sure, out of the blue. I planned to write the exact sequence of events down one day but luckily, Jim over at Objectionable Content beat me to it. Heh.
Obviously, I’m well familiar with how blogging made a concrete difference in my general career, and other people’s like Liz Spiers or Henry Copeland. Though what’s more interesting to me is how blogging affects regular people’s regular jobs… for instance, has buzzmachine helped Jeff’s bottom line at Advance.net (You don’t have to answer that)? Or
Megan McArdle’s analyst job down on Wall Street?
Not everybody can be the next Gawker or Instapundit. But I believe hundreds of thousands of people can apply blogging to their business and really see something amazingly positive happen with it. That to me is a far more exciting story than “blogging celebrity”.
Sorry for the flip comment. The old problem of hitting the send key without thinking.
Many people who study older historical periods have a bias against those who work on contemporary subjects. We like to believe that the past is harder to understand than the present. If we were honest with ourselves, though, we might just admit that we are jealous that some people have found topics that are actually of interest to the general public.
Just for the record, Netwoman, the research process in the humanities is nothing like the method used in the social sciences. I can only guess what they do in the hard sciences.
Buy my new book and get clickable footnotes and links.
Buy my new Kindle Single on Amazon.
Now out in paperback!