I’m fairly new to the “blog network” space. Over the weekend the best and worst comes out in people. I usually take the weekend off to spend with the wife and kids. I found this great quote over at BusinessLogs
At Jason Fried’s keynote with Jim Coudal, Jason talked about how the majority of the people who complain about their products (either via email, or by trolling in their blog entry comments) are the ones who use the free versions of 37signals products. The people who are paying 1 or more monthly fees don’t complain, because they feel as though they’re getting $100 value per month for $14, or whatever it is and love 37signals. If you’re using a product for free but still feel the need to complain, I think you need to learn The Art of Sucking Down :)
Many people don’t realize blogs are the independent newspapers of the Internet. We operate using free products, and even the news itself which garners a significant amount of traffic from a variety of sources is free. We may not always operate the way some want. And we may not always operate it the way we want. Much time and energy goes into these blog networks and much of it is hardly re payed. What so many people have to understand is this: The Blog Network Owners aren’t the audience of this publication. That makes about as much sense as Les Moonves setting up a TV Channel for Ted Turner.
Let’s realize there are more important issues to talk about. I even chide Matt Craven, our managing Editor for this one. Seriously why isn’t the Blogosphere alive with talks about Net Neutrality and its importance to Blogging,and the future of New Media. OK, chide’s a heavy word. But seriously. Let’s have a discussion on bandwidth,and potential legislation on Net Neutrality before I have to report on some new legislation that could affect us all negatively.
Originally posted on March 19, 2006 @ 8:12 pm