Two nights ago on the daily show I saw an interview with Arianna Huffington, â€œa blogging evangelistâ€ who wrote some book about how to be a great blogger. I donâ€™t normally pay much attention to the interviews (and this was no exception), but I did hear her say that the key to a great blog is to have a secondary interest which adds depth to the author. Her example was her love of cheese.
[left: Courtenay was here for a week before the skies were clear enough for her to see Mt. Rainier. Once she saw it she was stunned, â€œthat thingâ€™s been there the whole time?â€ Then she took this awesome picture.]
So that raises two questions in my mind:
- Am I more likely to enjoy reading how to blog from a woman who also talks about cheese?
- If so, whatâ€™s my cheese?
Is it my interest in Seattle area culture and politics? Is it my new interest in learning to sail? Is it my biochemistry class? Is it my duels with Klepto the Crow? Or is it the humorous people I interact with, like Aaron Scheidies going on nighttime bike rides with his own lack of eyesight as a guide?
Maybe I have too much cheese. It could be that I need to write more about my focus â€“ becoming a great triathlete. After all, the blogâ€™s name is â€œconfessions of the highly motivatedâ€ not â€œstories from the guy with 20 hobbies.â€ Then again, Let My People Go Surfing, was written by a guy with 20 hobbies, and itâ€™s a great book.