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Aug 10, 2007: Bloglines is a humility engine

And you thought it would just be a tool for keeping up. But let those 153 feeds go for a week? Man, you'll return to a hard lesson in humility.

I spent a few hours over the past few days sampling, among many others, David Weinberger's humanity, Steve Portigal's humor, Dan Roam's visual virtuosity, Jan Chipchase's observational virtuosity, Jon Udell's overall curiosity, and Kate Remen-Wait's four obsessions. So many incredible people writing and doing amazing things, all slamming you at once with their general greatness.

I feel very, very small right now.

Thanks, Bloglines.

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Comment: Steve Portigal (Aug 10, 2007)

I feel chuffed right now. But also chagrined that your pleasure in your community leads to some less-than-wonderful feelings for yourself. It's not that I don't recognize the reaction; it's just a bummer to see it, especially from someone who has such renown and has had such impact and has such admiration and respeck from his peers...

Comment: Lou (Aug 10, 2007)

You're too kind Steve. :-) But really, after my initial kneejerk Narcissistic reaction--one of indeed feeling like tossing it in and heading back to the salt mines--I quickly recovered and realized that this feeling of humility is a good thing. Well, two good things really.

One is witnessing good things, being inspired and literally surrounded by them. The other is knowing that you have a connection to them--not that you're the biggest and best, and not having to be the biggest and best--but just being a connected part.

So I'm feeling good. And so should you. So chuff away.

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