Nerd Values

I was reading a article in wired with Craig Newark from the Craigslist fame. Anyhow something got my head thinking…

You've also had a couple dozen buyout offers for craigslist. Aren't you tempted to cash out, move from your foggy neighborhood, and buy an island somewhere?
I admit that when I think of the money one could make from all this, I get a little twinge. But I'm pretty happy with nerd values: Get yourself a comfortable living, then do a little something to change the world.

And in last part of the quote, lies everything. In work I've been having this ongoing discussion about not wanting to be rich and famous just making the world a little bit better a place to live. Its easy to be singled minded and follow the money where it leads, but the harder thing is to live in your means and try and make the world a little better.

I was listening to Syndication Nation Panel at this years Supernova conference. Liz Lawley made the point not every single blogger wants a large audience, not every blogger wants to be ongoing or Scobleizer. And I totally agree, simple as cubicgarden is hosted on my single broadband line. I do not want a massive audience, couldnt cope with a huge audience. At the moment I get a lot of traffic but the traffic is mainly through RSS and search engines cutting through my blog hierachy (which i have no problem with at all). End of the day I am that of many millions of bloggers and to stay in the middle region is fine for me

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Author: Ianforrester

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