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a mix of amusement and annoyance

Blogging is getting really popular (duh). This is pretty cool and all that, but I sometimes want to strangle the next person who wants to tell me about blogging as if it is this new thing, or gets excited about their 1-month old blog and can't stop talking about it. Goddammit SHUT UP!

Maybe it's partially my fault; I don't talk much about the amount of time I spend researching, reading, trying, testing and generally keeping up to date in the web social software world. So most people don't know how annoying it is when they to tell me about blogging, RSS, podcasting, AJAX, gmail, etc. months or years after I've already delved into it. Since the inception of this particular blog in 2001, I've purposefully blocked spiders from crawling my site, and over 70 percent of my entries are friends only, or completely private. Oh sure, when I started this baby, I was posting all the time, and reading other blogs consistently; probably took up an average of 10 hours a week. But around September 2002, I hit an impasse of blog depression. It's funny how you can lose all motivation like that. In particular from the pamphlet:

"There is a growing epidemic in the cyberworld. a scourge which causes more suffering with each passing day. as blogging has exploded and, under the stewardship of the veterans, the form has matured more and more bloggers are finding themselves disillusioned, dissatisfied, taking long breaks, and in many cases simply closing up shop. this debilitating scourge ebbs and flows but there is hardly a blogger among us who has not felt it’s dark touch. we’re speaking, of course, about blog depression."

Now I'm interested in the newer features of LJ and how it is using other technologies to give itself some beautiful dimensions. I'm waiting for the day LJ expands their use of RSS, so that I can keep this as a central blog for any, all and every type of post, from personal and general, to specific and professional. With the recent advent of the tagging feature, this will happen very soon and will create a new leap for blogging. Eventually, I want to see LJ implement some way to reBlog too, within one blog, being able to distinguish between a blog post and a reBlog post.


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Aug. 16th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
What are you using the blog FOR?
I haven't hit the blog burnout state, but then I don't do a lot of personal blogging. I think this is one of the things that makes it fresh for me, is that I make a lot of my blogging ABOUT things that are important to talk about - at least important in my head! :)

Of course this may be because I'm basically boring, so I can told

I'm quite the avid RSS guy though - you don't want to know how many feeds I have coming in...

As far as AJAX, being a big Mozilla fan, I actually hope for a push for the Mozilla foundations XUL framework, as I have a host of type of extensions to Firefox that work fairly well here.

Myself, I'm very interested in what develops in the "profile" technology space, and then how THAT interacts with various other applications - from learning management systems, to presence software, to various skill and personal preferences, locations, and evaluation systems.

When a richer RSS feature interacts with this eprofile/presence, then communities of interests will be formed - like magnetic attractors.


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