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The Internet is the CB Radio of the 90s.” – an unnamed ABC executive.

My wife came home from her Bookstore in 1997 and said, “I’m going to sell books on the internet.”

To which I replied, “Yeah, good luck with that. Nobody’s going to buy anything on the internet, it’s just hype like those cable shopping networks in the 80s.”

I rarely thought positive in those days. I was dark. But I was a completely different person back then. (Quote – Mickey Knox – NBK – my favorite movie in ’97)

Obviously, I was wrong – dead wrong.

My wife saw the opportunity before most of the people near her. The first place she sold books was on ABE and Bibliofind. Here’s a history of these book sites. The book business has evolved and she is evolving with it.

There is still endless opportunity on the internet. Blogging is one opportunity that will remain an opportunity for anyone that is creative and inspired enough to make it work for them. But it is evolving too.

Blogging is just a new buzzword for an old profession. My favorite part of the old school print media is the columnist. I love a good columnist and I love a good blogger. To me they are nearly synonymous.

Column from Dictionary.com

5.a regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiable heading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reports or comments upon a particular field of interest, as politics, theater, or etiquette, or which may contain letters from readers, answers to readers’ queries, etc.

Blogging won’t die like roller disco, it will evolve like rock and roll.

As long as people have valuable original thoughts to write and the barriers to publishing those thoughts remain low, people will write and people will read.

This post has been submitted to the the Problogger Group Writing Project.