A while back I posted about Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk.
Mena Trott’s talk is also hosted. Trott is a co-founder of Six Apart, the company that brings you TypePad, Movable Type and Livejournal. They’re also jumping on the restricted, Gmail inspired invite craze with Vox, which actually looks pretty cool. It seems like it aims to be Myspace for people that realize how much of a crime it is to autoload video and audio on your website.
I think it’s awesome that there are so many successful, young entrepenuers that have great ideas before they reach their 30s, like Kevin Rose, the Google Guys (Sergey Brin and Larry Page). I think it’s no accident that all these success stories are from the tech industry. In a way, it also makes me feel like I haven’t done enough to reach that insane level of success.
What all of them have in common is that they’ve figured out how to use the web to help people make connections. While Google can help you find what you’re looking for, Digg attempts to democratize journalism, oftentimes drawing upon blogging, which has been made easier by Six Apart.
Blogs are often used to help promote organizations, consultants, and are often given the reputation of being the playground of lonely teenagers. In the TED Talk, Trott looks at them a different way, saying that someone’s blog can connect you with raw emotion that you otherwise may not have ever experienced.
Some would say that blogging helps empower journalism. I think it also does that for non-fiction writing. In a decade we may be looking at an influx of new writers. In fact, I would argue that some bloggers are really essayists. Maybe they aren’t good, but at least the platform exists for them to develop their writings and get feedback on it.
Some of them will have important stories to tell, and those stories may not have been told otherwise.