The other day, I ran into Starbucks to grab a latte. It was mid-afternoon on a Saturday and, as usual, Starbucks was hoppin’.
As I waited for my coffee, I looked around. Every table and seat was filled with people talking with each other. I gently tuned into the conversations that were close by (yes, I was easy-dropping). At one table, two girls were talking about their college Chemistry class. At another three guys were discussing investment ideas. I heard two women talking about gardening, a couple discuss their wedding plans, and a dad sharing stories with his two twenty-something daughters.
Then it hit me…this is what I see every moment in the blogosphere.
People were sitting together, relaxed, having enjoyable conversations about a number of different topics. They weren’t selling or out-duel each other. They were openly sharing their ideas and views. And that led to all these different conversations happening inside one medium-sized room surrounded by coffee beans and scones.
The blogosphere is exactly like this – just on a much larger scale. The blogosphere is a ‘room’ of limitless size where people can have conversations with each other about limitless topics. The only difference is you’re free and welcome to move in and out of conversations at will – something that would probably not go over too well if you were at Starbucks.
So I ask you, is the blogosphere the next evolution of the coffee house?