Zeldman on Blogging

Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman taught me how to work on the web. His Designing With Web Standards was the first book I read on web development and his web magazine A List Apart continues to be an invaluable resource. So of course I jumped to check out the interviews conducted with Zeldman by Big Think.

Check out Zeldman on the history of blogging. I really related to one of his comments: “Just write. I just wrote and it made me an expert. The reason I’m sitting here as an 'expert' is because I did stuff first".

Here I’m trying to “just write”. I’m not the first web developer, I’m not the first blogger; maybe I’m the first blogger to commit to writing every day for a short period of time and write about it. Maybe, some day, I can be an expert at that. It’s pretty amazing that the web has given me this opportunity at all. As Zeldman points out in his interview, you don’t have to find a publisher any more, you don’t have to worry about how many people are listening to what you’re saying. Just write. Just create. Worst case is becoming an expert at something that nobody else values. But if you live your life by accommodating other people’s values…well that’s a post for a different day.

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