Merlin Thinks We’re Good

By Deane Barker on September 14, 2008

What Makes for a Good Blog?: When Merlin Mann published this post, two separate people wrote me and told me that it reminded them of Gadgetopia.

I put off reading this list, because I think I was afraid that I wouldn’t measure up. I’ve met Merlin, and I have a lot of respect for him, so I was afraid of the prospect that his observations would somehow mean that Gadgetopia wasn’t “good.”

But, after finally reading this list, I’m comfortable in saying this is a good blog. In fact, my entire blogging existence is summed up in point two:

Good blogs reflect focused obsessions. People start real blogs because they think about something a lot. Maybe even five things. But, their brain so overflows with curiosity about a family of topics that they can’t stop reading and writing about it. They make and consume smart forebrain porn. So: where do this person’s obsessions take them?

And that’s it right there. At the risk of drama, I couldn’t stop Gadgetopia. I just have too much stuff banging around in my head that I have to get out.

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