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Who Owns the Revolution?

by Carolyn Elefant on April 23, 2008 · 2 comments

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Chuck Newton has a thought provoking Guest Post  over at Grant Griffiths’ Home Office Warrior that discusses the propriety of a blogger taking credit as one of the originators of  the so-called "work at home" revolution.  As Newton points out, the work-at-home revolution dates back to Revolutionary Times themselves, when esteemed folks like Thomas Jefferson worked out of the mansion.  In addition, Newton expresses some disappointment that in the blogger at issue, Wendy Piersall, may have sold out her original mom based audience by broadening her focus to all work-from-homers with her expanded blog, Sparkplugging.com.

I agree with Chuck’s objection to staking claim to a movement.  The notion of a leader and a one-size fits all portal site is so yesterday in an age where blogging allows for a multitude of different spins. In fact, the desire to crown someone head of a movement was the source of my objection to being labelled the voice of solos; because there are indeed, many voices.  As for expanding a blog beyond a niche audience, I can understand the appeal of wanting to broaden a message.  However, I think that there are probably ways to achieve that goal without completely abandoning early readers.

  • http://leavethebar.blogspot.com Dee

    Hi,
    I used to visit emomsathome and confess to being slightly taken aback/confused on visiting sparkplugging. The website if you can excuse me for saying it has tooo much of the professional website thing going on. Can one be too professional? I guess yes if it causes your focus to move from comfortable and easy going to stiff and formal.
    I still visit because I used to go to emoms but Newton’s advice is worth bearing in mind.

  • http://leavethebar.blogspot.com Dee

    Hi,
    I used to visit emomsathome and confess to being slightly taken aback/confused on visiting sparkplugging. The website if you can excuse me for saying it has tooo much of the professional website thing going on. Can one be too professional? I guess yes if it causes your focus to move from comfortable and easy going to stiff and formal.
    I still visit because I used to go to emoms but Newton’s advice is worth bearing in mind.

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