24 03 2000

“don’t redesign your website. redesign your company.”
i like what this guy says.



24 03 2000

this page is a message in a bottle. i place my feelings in a bottle, seal it tightly, and throw it into the sea. i address these random thoughts to no one…and to everyone.

lately, i’ve been thinking quite a bit about this new phenomena called a::::weblog. plenty of people have spent time and energy describing the exact particulars of what a weblog is and what a weblog isn’t. i’ll let you decide.

one of the weblogs that i read regularly is written by::::meg. i’ve never met meg, nor corresponded with her. it’s pretty simple really, i just like her insight. here is an example from her page:

tuesday, march 21
”My best friend from childhood, whose name also happens to be Meg, had a baby the other day, a little girl named Sofia. It’s hard to imagine that she’s all grown up, since I don’t feel all grown up at all, certainly not old enough to be married with a house and a baby. And it really doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that we ran around in Underoos and got kicked out of our gymnastics class because we were talking too much, and traded KISS albums and played with the kittens. Our lives have gone in such different directions, I haven’t really even seen or talked to her in several years. And it’s sad, because even though we haven’t been close friends for probably fifteen years, in some ways I still miss her. When I was little I always thought we’d have babies at the same time. I always thought we’d live next door to each other. I always thought we’d be friends forever.” 4:40 PM

now the cool part…the part i can’t explain. there were a couple of times this week that i found myself thinking of meg’s blog. once, as lauren was helping me put the dishes away, i thought about how much my family, stephanie, lauren and makenzie mean to me and how different my life would be without them. anyway, i was glad to know that i wasn’t the only one thinking about what meg had written. today, when i went to meg’s site, i found this:

thursday, march 23
As I was walking this morning I was thinking about the post I made the other day about Meg. I was thinking how nice it is to be able to express these feelings online and share them with people, I was thinking about the email I received from my mom saying that the post made her cry. And then I realized that the person who would most like to hear these sentiments, Meg herself, probably won’t. I don’t think she even knows I have a site. And I realized: I think I’m doing this great job of communicating when in reality I’m opening up to strangers, but am too afraid to open up to the people towards whom the sentiment is directed. 2:36 PM

see what i mean when i say: “we place our feelings in a bottle, seal it tightly, and throw it into the sea”.

i used to think the internet was cool, because it connected computers. (i know…i know…”geek think”) technologically, it is cool, i don’t deny that. however, the real connectivity isn’t between computers…the real “cool” of the internet is connecting people, soul to soul. i think a lot of e-commerce companies still think that connecting computers is what will work. the reality is: connecting people is what will make a company great.