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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Lifecycle of Bloggers, Trendalicious, and Who is Rich?

Before sharing some thoughts about authority, I wanted to link to some things I found funny or interesting. Check out this piece on the Lifecycle of Bloggers. Here's an excerpt:

#4. You become really personal on your site as the online and real-life worlds start confusing you.
#5. You faux “retire” from blogging.
#6. You cave back into blogging in less than 72 hours.
#7. You decide to “get serious” about blogging.
Trendalicious is the day-traders version of tagging. It takes a feed from the tagging site and All URLs that have been posted by a minimum of two people in the past fifty minutes are displayed, ranked by the total number of recent posts. Since most of the people using tagging seem to be geeks, most of the links are technical, but there is usually a few things of a more general nature on the list. If you need to waste, I mean spend, some time on what's hot, check out Trendalicious.

In the Ethics of the Fathers, the classic Talmudic work on ethics it says: Who is rich? The one who is appreciates what he has. In Sunday's NY Times there was an article that provides some evidence for the wisdom of this statement:

And yet, despite his accomplishments -- and the relatively majestic size of his bank account -- Pincus suffers from something of an inferiority complex. ''There's an A-list here, and then there's everyone else,'' he says. ''And I'm not A-list.'' No one asks Pincus to speak at the top technology conferences or to appear on ''Charlie Rose.'' He's a player, investing with the Google founders in one Internet startup. If not already friends with a fellow tycoon in the making, he is never more than a single e-mail message away from any number of people who can make an introduction on his behalf. Yet when he was out raising money for Tribe, among the venture capitalists turning him down was one who had financed him before and even had his name on his ''wall of fame.''

''Those of us who haven't yet attained rock-star status, we still need a good script,'' Pincus says. ''Everyone knows that in Hollywood, too many people are doing dysfunctional things for all the wrong reasons,'' he says, ''but somehow it creates something positive and successful. It's the same thing here.'' Or, as Eric Greenberg puts it: ''All of us -- all of us serial entrepreneurs -- go through the same postpartum depression. There's the same soul searching and need for reinvention. It's almost like we have to prove ourselves all over again.''