OK, I'll admit it - I've been more influenced by Seth Godin's rants and raves over the past several years than any other pundit or marketing guru. If Reis & Trout were the mavens of the '80s, Seth has clearly supplanted them in the digital age. He has had a firmer grasp on the consumer and new media than anyone out there, and he's just so entertaining to read.
So, of course, I was especially taken with some of his recent comments on bloggers, and what makes them go:
"I think that blogging requires you to have a healthy respect for your opinions, as well as the generous desire to share them with others. That's not a negative social trait; if you don't respect your opinions, who will? And if you don't share the ideas you value, you're being selfish, aren't you?"
Couldn't have said it better.