An interesting side topic was raised during the PTB EB a few weeks back. What makes a problogger a problogger? Ideas were thrown in, ranging from the worth of the blogger’s monthly AdSense check to the blog-mob-boss analogy.
For me these don’t even come close to true problogging-ness.
If at the click of the publish button, the blogger can cause readers to polarize on a seemingly innocent topic, or can persuade readers to buy his thoughts and his vision, that my friends is a problogger. Rich in social currency, a problogger harvests his audience’s attention and makes them dance with orgasmic gusto to the tune of his half-hearted posts. His posts are venerated as blessed sacramental truths. This blog bishop baptizes, blesses, annoints, converts and condemns with impunity.
It is a blogger’s ability to influence the blogosphere that determines problogging-ness. A true problogger has a that ripple/viral effect on the blogosphere.
Problogger hopefuls may want to read Seth Godin. He might be one of the true probloggers out there and his ebook, Who’s There – Seth Godin’s Incomplete Guide to Blogs and the New Web might very well be the bible for probloggers.
If you have the time, also read Knock Knock – Seth Godin’s Incomplete Guide to Building a Web Site that Works to light your path to guru-ness.