Sunday, July 27, 2008


Greg was the first best friend I ever made outside of my own neighborhood. We met in our freshman year of high school and became best friends in our sophomore year. He was the best man at my wedding and has been one of my closest friends for most of my life. One of his favorite sayings is - and I paraphrase it here - All you ever really know about someone is what he tells you. It sounds terribly trite on the surface, and not totally accurate because surely there are things about others that we might know objectively, but when you give it some serious thought, it's more true than it seems.

There are so many facets of those of us who blog although each of us typically chooses one particular slice of his life to write about. Though I've only been writing here for a month now, sometimes sticking to the scooter topic seems shallow because it's such a small part of who I am. I find myself at times wanting to talk about other parts of my life that matter to me, but if I want to keep a reader base I figure I had best stick to scootering which is most likely what brought you here in the first place.

Unless you're a mind reader, all you ever really know about someone is what he tells you.

So, what does a good blogger do on a day when there isn't much of note to say about his chosen topic? Is it better not to write anything at all, or to write off topic hoping that somebody out there will find something of value in what might be written? Is a blog more the topic or the person? What do you think?


Paul said...

I think blogging is about the blogger, not the subject, at least when you deal with personal blogs. News blogs are a different matter since they are normally written by reporters and newscaster types. It seems to me that if you want to write about it, write about it.

If you look at my blog, I stick predominantly to scooters as the subject, but I blog about other stuff too and reserved the right to do so in my description. It's your blog, nobody else really has a right to say anything disparaging about it.

Marc said...

+1 to what Paul said. A good blog should be a mix of whatever the blogger finds interesting. A blog marketed as a scooter blog should be about 50% scooter-related, but if found a new entree at Applebee's and want to write about it, by all means, go ahead.

I follow a few other scooter-related blogs, take as an example. In addition to his adventures on his BV500 (and recently sold People 250), Dru writes about his family, vacations, a recent Smart FourTwo purchase and a little about work... Makes for a more mult-dimensional read.

Keep it up! :)