Steve Rubel really knows his stuff, and he made a point recently on his blog, Micro Persuasion, with the same title that I feel is totally right.
The blogosphere too has its share of leaders. I am not talking about those who top the Technorati rankings. I am talking about the people who set the tone of conversations in a community, the media and beyond.
If there’s something that most of these folks have in common it’s this – they are critical, but they’re also really nice and willing to learn. They always contribute to the discussion in a positive way. They focus on a greater goal that they share with their own circle of readers and other bloggers.
At the same time, the ‘sphere is also filled with really nasty people who do nothing but spew toxic waste. They write sensational headlines and throw rocks because it’s fun. Sometimes, it gets very personal in nature. Many of them are arrogant. What they have in common is that they don’t really contribute. And while they might grab a lot of links here and there, they really don’t lead and they never grow.
So if tearing people a “new one” is your passion when it comes to blogging, you will never be a leader, and eventually when we get bored of you, you will be ignored.
I am not saying that you can’t be critical of others when you write, but I am saying that if you don’t add anything to the conversation online, then you are not worth people’s time.