Tags: blogging


an interesting article on Brad

"There are differences between the worlds of blogs and LJs. LiveJournal's user base skews young, drawing a large proportion of teenagers, whereas blogging tends to attract users in their late 20s and early 30s. Additionally, LJ is seen as a private space for networking and interpersonal discourse; blogs are viewed as one-person publications directed toward a larger audience. A growing number of people maintain both an LJ and a blog, but the two camps traditionally don't mix, with some bloggers dismissing Journalers as trivial kids and Journalers mocking bloggers as wannabe Web stars."

source: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/09/27/DDG5AET8PO1.DTL

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you have a thought.
a thought is a blog post.
a blog post is comprised of words and pictures.

you make your blog post visible to your group.
or several groups.

or to the whole world on the Internet.

The Pros of Having Discussions With Blogs
(Instead of Forums)

No matter what topic, all your blog posts [your thoughts] are in one place. Should you choose to make your blog post public, others can reply and add their own thoughts. Discussions evolve around blog posts, around a person, rather than a topic specific forum on a website.

Your identity online as a forum user is flat, topic-specific and one-dimensional. Your identity online as a blogger is intelligent, multi-dimensional, and human. Your personality shows up in the gestalt of your blog posts that cover a myriad of topics, from the mundane and personal, to the sacred and political.

You can create groups for bloggers around a topic that is of interest to you and your community, such as "recipes" or "integral theory."

more later...

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.

something new will emerge

What a wonderful treat to see two new blogs from amusing and intelligent awareness!

Watch out C & M, you will possibly go through a phase where you live only for blogging. It's just as bad as a drug habit! ;) and I have a feeling it's already started, hasn't it? Consuming hours of the day, the desire to shift and define the black and white pixels on your screen; it can be as satisfying as traditional art expression. Coolmel's breakdown of the phases is an interesting read: One Year in the Rabbit Hole

I believe with all the blogs we have going on, something new is bound to emerge, not in the sense of content, but in terms of representation and process. Perhaps a blog editorial site, one that pulls the best entries daily or weekly? Perhaps a hypercommentary on all blogs? My felt sense is that there will be an element of discrimination that will tie all of these blogs into a bigger whole.

It's time, almost 4 years of autonomous silent blogging and I'm wanting more. There is something that will bring us talking heads together into some exciting new context.

have I got LJ block?

I definintely think I'm not giving myself enough time to process everything that is happening in my life.

I should make a more conscious effort to blog about what is going on with me instead of waiting for some 'fin' indication where it seems appropriate to sit back, relflect and write thoughts. I think my lack of taking time to process is part of my shaky development.

I've noticed that I've alway had a problem with process. Audrey would always warn me to use the structure of process when working on projects and I not only struggled with spending time on process but I did not value what it did for me. Process was always something I did after I had already created the final piece. I don't have many notes on my final papers, no sketches for my posters, no real beginnings, only final pieces.

I guess that's what's going on with my lack of entries of late. I'm processing internally but until I'm at some kind of final piece I don't know what to write about. Time to start processing actively.

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I should start blogging more often again. I don't quite know why I stopped except to say that things got busy.

But I kinda do know the real reason... ever since the incomprehensible happened in October , I've been on another plane of existence. And when I feel the urge to write about it, I think what's the use, people might think I'm crazy!

yikes... well time to stop thinking that and start writing.