The other day someone asked me “why should I trust blogs?” I gave a pretty good answer about how the system self corrects (it’s really important to read my comments, for instance, cause if I am blowing smoke up your behind someone like LayZ will point it out in a couple of minutes, sometimes he’s wrong, but a lot of times he’s right. If he’s right other people will join the pile on).
Anyway, here’s one way I trust what people tell me. If they build a relationship with me, like Drew Meyers did, then I generally trust them unless they prove unreliable some other way. Drew, by the way, has free tickets to the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Fresno, CA, tomorrow night. Anyone want to go? He’d like to see a donation to a charity in return for the tickets.
But that’s an aside. Here’s an example of how something that I didn’t know about percolates through the blogosphere and onto my screen. I subscribe to about 100 RSS feeds of bloggers that I trust. Overtime they continue bringing me an interesting stream of stuff. Marc Canter, for instance, started the company that became Macromedia and later was sold to Adobe. He’s an interesting guy and I’ve known him for years. If he tells me something is a “must read” generally he’s right 99% of the time. So, today he pulled that on me.
Now a link stream has my attention, big time. So, I head over to Mark Cuban’s blog. Another guy I trust. Heck, he runs the Dallas Mavericks and is one of the best bloggers around. He links me on to Rahul Sood’s blog.
Now, I’ve never read Rahul before. So, I have no idea about whether this guy is good or not. But Mark Cuban says he’s the president and CTO of VoodooPC, and is also a “buddy and supergeek.” So, I click over to Rahul’s post about his discussions with Michael Dell.
That’s a gesture of major support. And, it tells me that this is something I’d probably be interested in (cause I’m interested in geeky stuff, and that’s what I’ve promised you, my readers too. Geeky stuff is good. Cat photos, even funny ones, are bad).
And that’s the story of how this link got on my blog. It indeed is a great post.