How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
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I have an old and dear friend called Joe, who lives 8000 miles away and with whom I regularly consult and converse.
Joe is perhaps the original real blogger. Not a diarist, but a thinker who freely shared and took joy in stimulating people he would never know with first-class jottings that nudged and prodded you into thinking thoughts that you never thought you would think.
Back in 1994, when the internet was young and I worked in HP with Joe, he shared his blogs across a wonderful company, where to share and help one another was just the way things happened. I think we first met at one of the marvelous global conferences, where people from around the world gathered to show off, share thoughts and synergize into the wee small hours.
Any email to Joe still evokes a speedy and pithy response. Quick to conversation, honest as the day and deep as the still ocean: in the sea of emails, I always home in on Joe's jottings, whatever the form. He has changed my mind more times than I can remember.
A good blogger helps you learn. Like a great teacher or leader, they selflessly reach out and share, with little real goal other than to touch others and help them grow and self-actualize. Psychologists call it 'prosocial behavior', and try to explain why people should do such a thing, and how those who do get such pleasure from it.
Joe's original Jottings are, brilliantly, online, courtesy of the wonderful Wayback Machine. So go see some history. Read what blogs were like and should be like. If you blog, take a leaf from his book. And if you don't, be inspired to learn and share.
Coda (Jan-06): Joe's Jotting again! Now at http://h20325.www2.hp.com/blogs/podolsky