I was speaking at a conference earlier today and was introduced by the host as:
‘Darren is one of the most famous bloggers on the internet and an expert in his field…’
As I listened to this introduction (and wondered how I’d be able to live up to it) two things struck me:
- How little the guy doing the introductions knew about the blogosphere and my little bit of it.
- How writing a blog on a topic has the potential to give you real credibility and legitimacy in a field.
Two years ago I was just an ordinary guy who liked to research and think about his personal hobbies. Today I’m still an ordinary guy who likes to research and think on the same topics, however I do it out loud and in a public way – and suddenly people call me things like ‘expert’ and ‘famous’. What’s more they ask me to come and talk to and teach them about the things I write about.