Monday, June 9th, 2008

How to blog

How to blog teach, write, make art:

  1. Wonder at something.
  2. Invite others to wonder with you.

Yes or no?

17 Comments on “HOW TO BLOG”

  1. Laura Thomas Says:

    I vote “yes”! Sounds like a great way to get people thinking and talking.

  2. david Says:

    My first reaction was that it was an interesting but shallow summary. But the more I’m thought about it, the more it seems to include everything I do at Frozen Toothpaste. That said, my other blogs don’t quite fit the description. So, I guess that means you can mark me down as “sort of yes.”

  3. DerikB Says:

    A corrolary to “be passionate about what you write and others will be too”…

  4. austin Says:

    Laura: right on

    David: Shallow! I’m offended! (j/k: “Stuff White People Like #101 – Being Offended

    Derik: You’re right

    And because THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES, I came across Russell Davies’ “How To Be Interesting” today. Same message: be interested in something, and share it with others.

  5. Pete Says:

    Hope you enjoyed your Jimmy John’s.

  6. Austin Kleon Says:

    I always enjoy Jimmy Johns — #6 vegetarian, please.

  7. Lindsay Says:

    Damn. You’re totally right, it’s that easy. I need to get on that wondering thing with a bit more consistancy…

    side note – at a south by southwest breakout I went to this year, another HR Blogger (Penelope Trunk, said that one of the best ways to get noticed as a blogger (and thus hired as a professional blogger) is to comment on other people’s blogs…sort of a step 3 – ask others what they think about your wonderings (yes or no?)and back to step one – wonder about their answers…

  8. Austin Kleon Says:

    Somewhere there’s a Raymond Carver quote about writing as just being able to look at a jar of jam on the kitchen table as the sun is coming up and just wondering at it.

    Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a jar of jam, maybe an ashtray or something.

    Will find the quote — think it might be in FIRES

  9. Laura Says:

    don’t want to be too negative, so ideally YES – of course!

  10. Robyn Says:

    Isn’t that what we do as little children? Questions we as parents don’t know the answer to……

  11. Red Mule Says:

    I adore Jimmy Johns Veg #6. All their neon big talk don’t lie.

  12. Jack Says:

    Is that a T shirt? Simply, yes, though reminded of the comedy sketches where someone is staring up at nothing at all while, lemming-like, passers-by join in the staring.

  13. Gino Says:

    I think you’re on to something.

  14. Austin Kleon Says:

    Here’s how Merlin Mann puts it:

    how to blog

    Find your obsession. Every day, explain it to one person you respect. Edit everything, skip shortcuts, and try not to be a dick. Get better.

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