Fred Wilson says blogging is the “realest” work he does:
Do You Ever Do Any Real Work? That’s a question I used to get all of the time in the early days of this blog. I don’t get it so much anymore. Because slowly but surely people are wising up to the fact that blogging is work and its a very valuable use of my time…the time and energy I’ve put into this blog for the past five years has built a unique and very sophisticated audience. You are connectors and hubs of influence..But in the world of social media, word of mouth and word of link marketing, it is connectors and influencers like all of you that make the difference. And that’s one of the main reasons I keep writing, commenting, discussing, and participating in blogs, tumblr, twitter, disqus, and the social media world at large. Its about the “realest” work I do.
And I share these sentiments precisely. You, my readers, are connectors and hubs of influence. You’re also my neighbors, friends, family, colleagues and sometimes harsh (but helpful) critics. You share your ideas, build on mine and help shape context in my world. You’re an important presence in my professional and personal life, which, for better or worse, blurs more everyday. You are why I keep writing, commenting, discussing and participating. For these tremendous gifts, I thank you.
Importantly, I also thank Fred for leading with progressive thinking on how businesses and individuals must interact and manage relationships in this age of open connections and online reputation. He leads by example. It also happened to be his blogging that brought me together with him, and then me together with Clickable, which his firm backs. Of course, I’m grateful for that as well.