January 18, 2007 Scott Adams Q & A – Snippets about Blogging
For around 8 months, Scott Adams’ blog has been one of my favourites.
Besides writing and drawing Dilbert, he still has creative juices left to blog about religion, politics, his everyday philosophy, …
He is very direct, very provocative and very often very funny. And very serious in his search of solutions for global, difficult problems.
He plays with words, tricks your mind – one can never be certain how a sentence ends. Here’s an example of that, in the context of someone hacking electronic voting machines:
“…the choice of the next American president will be taken out of the hands of deep-pocket, autofellating, corporate shitbags and put it into the hands of some teenager in Finland. How is that not an improvement?”
The teenagers here in Finland take this as a compliment. 😉
His views on blogging can be found from this recent Questions & Answers post. Some snippets:
I think one of your major fantasy is to have the prime idea that will change the world, reboot the world. Is it what you try to accomplish with this blog?
It’s not the main reason for the blog, but I prefer activities that have some potential, no matter how unlikely, of changing the world in a good way.
How do you decide about what you want to write in your blog every morning?
It’s whatever interests me that day. I have to be personally interested or it won’t come.
Why do you do this blog day after day? Not that WE don’t enjoy it, I just can’t see what YOU are getting out of it… day after day, smarmy retort after smarmy retort, the endless whining and moaning…etc. etc.
I enjoy it creatively. It’s nice to have no editor between me and you. And I’m not much affected by critics who are irrational or humorless.
I often wonder if the cynical views that you express through your work or your blog ever cause marital trouble.
Your life has become more public since you started this blog. I’d be interested to know how your family and friends feel about that. Has privacy been an issue? Has anyone done or said something followed by “don’t you dare use this!”? Did you have to adjust your day to accommodate blogging or are you usually on the computer a lot anyway?
Blogging takes a lot of time. So that’s an issue. Privacy has been an issue too, but for reasons of privacy I can’t explain how.