I had one of those wonderful, geeky moments yesterday. I was listening to the radio (NPR) on the way to the Oregon Film New Media conference yesterday. The show was World Have Your Say, produced by the BBC, but being done live from the Public Media conference in Boston (which I knew Dave Winer and Doc Searls were attending, from reading their blogs). The show only recently started to run in Oregon, on OPB, and has been very interesting so far.
The first part of the show was about “is marriage a dying institution”. There were a lot of opinions that had me shouting at the radio and getting mad – suffice it to say that being married to Rachel is the best thing that ever happened to me, and the best thing that I ever expect to happen to me in my life. My wife and my kids are the most important thing in my life, and EVERYTHING else – gadgets, blogging, geekery, etc. – is secondary. But I digress…
The second part of the show was on the topic “are bloggers influential”. I had already arrived at the light rail station, to take the MAX downtown to the conference, but I sat in the car and listened for a few minutes, because the topic was obviously interesting to me. Someone in the auditorium stood up and made a comment. He didn’t give his name, but partly from recognizing his voice, and partly from what he said, I was almost certain it was Doc Searls.
Here’s what he said (paraphrasing): “I’ve written a business bestseller, I write for a magazine that has a significant online presence, and I blog. If you search for me online, you’ll find more references to my blog than to any of the others.”.
Hmm. Business Bestseller? Check. Writes for a magazine? Check. Blogs? Check. I said to myself (out loud), “that HAS to have been Doc Searls!”, and I smiled because of how small the world felt then, and how cool it is to have relationships that never would have existed if it weren’t for people reading and writing blogs. I even told the story at length at the Portland Social Media meetup last night.
Today, Doc confirmed that it was, in fact, him who made the comment on the show. He apparently didn’t know he was live on the radio, and thought he was making his comment to hundreds of people, not millions.
Hey, Doc? It was millions plus one. 😉