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May 17, 2006


James D. Brausch

Interesting title for this blog post.

I've often wondered if "voyeurism" isn't what the blogging craze is all about. People sneaking a peak at something that seems like it should be private.

I have a mentoring client who recently published an ebook that included all of our emails exchanged during mentoring. He called it "Success Voyeur".

It sold extremely well. I wondered how much of that success was due to folks wanting it as a cheap way to receive mentoring themselves (although I don't think that actually works) and how many bought it just because they had the chance to read someone else's private email.

I suspect most bought it for the latter reason. They were voyeurs who wanted to read someone else's private email.

Interesting. Is that why we all read blogs... which are formatted very much like personal journals?

-James D. Brausch

Curt Rosengren

James, I wonder if it's less the titillation of the "inside peek" and more the fact that your series of e-mails, blogs, etc. tend to be more real.

Books are polished and usually written by The Expert, seemingly far removed from real life. Blogs are typically more personal, as is a collection of e-mails.

The collection of e-mails reminds me of the book, The Republic of Tea, which chronicles the development and founding of that company. It does it with faxes sent back and forther over 20 months.

When we get a look at the real world, it somehow seems more relevant.

Max Leibman

Ooh--great resource.

There was a segment on NPR about a book called STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS--the author of which said that in his studies, people's imagined happiness in a given situation (he mentioned jobs as an example) was a rather lousy predictor of actual happiness; instead, he recommended that people inquire with folks who already had that role, and find out what they liked and hated about it.

This strikes me as being useful int the same vein--our imagination is a powerful tool for conjuring up an ideal work situation that doesn't exist, and visualizing to reach our goals; still, we need to see how it really it looks from the inside to predict whether or not we'll love it like we think we will.

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