There’s a Gonzo in the House

Filed as General on August 23, 2006 9:07 pm

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eGonzo Weekly by Martin Neumann

I’m a major disciple of the American journalist/writer Hunter S. Thompson – who sadly bid farewell last year after a lifetime of pure and utter craziness.

Hunter S. Thompson, to me, was the forerunner of what blogging is today. He’s the grand daddy of gonzo journalism and his spirit lives on in the millions of highly opinionated blogs going around today. Dr. Gonzo would be proud.


I’ll let Wikipedia explain gonzo journalism

Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting that mixes fiction and factual journalism. It uses an unconventional, exaggerated and highly subjective style, often including the reporter as part of the story. It is used to describe the style of American journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

I hate boring journalism. Therefore, I hate boring blogging. My motto is: have an opinion or go home.

Now go ahead and read the first three paragraphs of the Wikipedia entry on Gonzo Journalism and don’t tell me you do not see blogging written all over it.

And therefore fellow travellers, that explains this columns’ title if you’re wondering, and it also leads into how I will go about my weekly column here at The Blog Herald – expect the unexpected. Heck, Matt said I have free reign, I can write about anything I want, no-holds barred … yippie ya yeah! If Matt doesn’t have more dreams about The Blog Herald and columnists then I’ve failed in my duties. :)

The column will kick into gear from next Wednesday with a look at … the current trend of classified-type services cropping up for bloggers. Think: Performancing Exchange and the brand-spanking new Problogger JobBoards … and no doubt the many copycats who will quickly jump on board. I’ll be blunt but fair in my assessments. I’ll probably talk about that, but you can never be sure … we bloggers usually have short attention spans.

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Let me tell you a little bit about myself if you’re asking who is this punk.

I am a journalist who got ruined by blogging from late 2004 till right to this day … and I ain’t looking back. And I love that I am ruined. That means more fun with blogging. That means I can be gonzo for a living – heck, who’d have thought!

For me, blogging is the new journalism and I’m on this horse till they say, “Whoa there big boy, it’s over”. And then I’ll punch ‘em in the face and say “no it ain’t, now scram!”

I’m an Aussie. I’m 36. I love to write. I’m a news junkie and a semi-geek. I love journalism hence my attraction to The Blog Herald. I also started, stopped, started and finally off-loaded Blog Network Watch to Matt last year. I’ve been a passionate basher of The Blog Herald in past times but they’ve finally got their shit together, says the two-faced hypocrite.

You also might (or might not) know more about me from last years big hit HomeOfficeVoice. This year my main focus is ePublishingDaily – if you’re into information products and making money then head on over. I also write at The Blog Columnist which is a very side thing I do for kicks.

That’s it folks. Til next week, have a good blogging week and thanks for letting me in da house y’all.

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  1. By Liz Strauss posted on August 23, 2006 at 10:04 pm
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    Hey Martin,
    Congratulations Gonzo-man! This place is growing and you can’t have a boring life in journalism following in the footsteps of Hunter S. Matts’s a good one. I think you’ve found a great niche and a great home as well. Good on you!

  2. By Martin Neumann posted on August 23, 2006 at 10:55 pm
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    Thanks Liz,

    “a boring life in journalism” – that’s not in my book of phrases for living.

    Nothing’s gonna stop me from taking my form of journalism wherever it may go. Where it stops nobody knows – this is just a new set of crayons to play with.

  3. By Matt Craven posted on August 23, 2006 at 11:20 pm
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    nice first post ;-)

    I can’t wait to read the one about the job boards and similar services, I have some strong opinions about those :)

    Matt

  4. By Martin Neumann posted on August 23, 2006 at 11:38 pm
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    Thanks Matt,

    well share them with me via email and I’ll see if you’re right ;)

    I think with such launches, it’s good to let the hype die down a little before having a say.

  5. By Jessica Doyle posted on August 24, 2006 at 2:36 am
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    What colour are your crayons?

  6. By Martin Neumann posted on August 24, 2006 at 2:46 am
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    Jessica … ask Liz over at Successful-Blog.com – she’s my crayons supplier of choice. :)

  7. By HART (1-800-HART) posted on August 24, 2006 at 3:04 am
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    Well … I was hoping this fancy schmancy template would have displayed your picture finally .. but oh well, maybe Matt will scoop your caricature if nothing else!

    And, performancing vs problogger job classifieds … also have opinions about them two – but, will leave them if and when or if ever the Gonzo Martin brings it up again :D

  8. By Martin Neumann posted on August 24, 2006 at 4:24 am
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    Hart,

    I will bring the classified thing up next week. Just let the hype die down and we’ll go from there. Email me with your thoughts, Hart – I’d be very interested.

    My picture. Yes, that’s a good one. I like my caricature so much I’ve been very lazy about doing the real thing.

    Leave it with me and sooner rather than later I’ll have a real picture up – I’m not really a digitial camera guy, I have one tucked away somewhere but rarely use it. I’ll dust it off and go from there.

    I’ll slap on my caricatiure here in my next column for everyone to laugh at.

  9. By Cary posted on August 24, 2006 at 10:17 am
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    “When the going gets tough, the tough turn Pro…”

    That’s one of my favorite Hunter Thompson lines, and it fits blogging to a “T.”

    Of course, he also left us with these ageless words of wisdom–

    “Never eat anything bigger than your head.”

    HST is dead.
    Long live HST.

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  11. By Martin Neumann posted on August 27, 2006 at 10:01 am
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    Hey Cary .. I think you understand the teachings of the Hunter.

    And expect more HST wisdoms along the way.

  12. By Jessica Doyle posted on August 27, 2006 at 8:31 pm
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    Martin – Thank you for pointing me to Liz’s blog. I have been there reading many times and dug a little deeper to find the best crayons and came up with her other site – Letting me be by Liz. That site is very cool ; )