Would this be considered blogging?

I have been exchanging emails with a new reader and after a long and enthusiatic exchange of ideas, she asked the question which I’m using as the title of this post. Although she doesn’t realize it yet, she has probably "caught" the blogging bug and will become a blogger in the not too distant future. The signs are unmistakable. 🙂

Her question has inspired me to re-examine blogging again as it appears to new visitors.

Reading blogs is becoming a national pastime. It is a great way to get news and to find people like yourself. However, that isn’t blogging. That’s being a audience for bloggers which is at least as important as blogging, but requires different skills. Blog readers are what make blogging the social phenomenon it has become.

Blogging is about the spread of ideas. Without readers, a blogger’s ideas go nowhere.

Artistry in blogging is the presentation of ideas in an interesting manner so that they get disseminated widely.

Blogging starts with the discovery of blogs and the realization that this new area of open source media is unbelievably interesting and complex enough to hold your attention for years. It can draw you in and you start leaving comments on various sites. You get into conversations with various bloggers and you become a personality to them and vice versa. You find that you discover things about yourself and about life that you have not been able to express before.

After a while, you find yourself with so many ideas to discuss that your comments begin to grow to a length that exceeds the blogger’s original post. That’s when you get suggestions from bloggers that you need a blog of your own.

Blogging is the creation of a weblog on the internet and updating it every so often. It is the writing and maintaining a weblog that constitutes blogging. It is your place to say what you want. You are a citizen publisher. Your blog is your pulpit to preach or rant or titillate or amuse from.

It is an incredible learning experience and it changes your life. Those of us who are immersed in the daily give and take of citizen publishing, know that blogging changes things in the world we write about and changes us as individuals. It becomes an important part of our lives as long as we continue to write and exchange ideas with others. Furthermore, there is a permanent record of what we do and say while we are part of the blogosphere, so our ideas can theoretically go on forever or until the last Internet server goes offline.

Bloggers are generally people who want to help others. They spend a lot of time with interested newcomers because every new voice adds power to the blogosphere. We are building a free-form network that is changing the way the world exchanges information.

I feel that is altogether an excellent state of affairs.

On the other hand, some may feel that the blogosphere is already too large and that all of the good spots are taken. I will deal with that subject in a later post.

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0 Responses to Would this be considered blogging?

  1. Leah Maclean says:

    Great post David! Loved the way you defined artistry in blogging. Like with many crafts there are are hobbyists, some are professionals and there are those that are master craftsmen – sometimes referred to as artisans.

    As for the perpetual nature of words in the blogosphere, they can even go on in spite of a server ceasing to exist. A true artisan looks after their tools, and one way a serious blogger takes care their tools is the regular backup and maintenance of the blog. The backup will allow the words and thoughts to be recovered and posted to another server.

  2. Andreas says:

    Great, great post. Thanks for this. This is one entry that is deeper than the usual “I like to blog because of….” entry.

  3. And remember: even if no one posts comments, even if your blog receives few visitors, your blogging improves your thinking and writing skills.

  4. Jordan says:

    Stumbled upon your post while browsing; getting people in blogging is something I’ve been doing a lot lately too. For a bit of expansion on the artistry and a brief “how to”; you could point them here: http://www.jordanrule.com/technology/how-to-think-like-a-blogger

  5. Joy Kramer says:

    If I don’t have a web site (weblog)and am just a reader, am I a browser (blowser–nope, wrong word)? This blog browsing and/or blogging has limitless potential and possibilities. But the one necessity is a good writer (and good photographer is right behind). Oh, and don’t forget–the readers.

  6. Dick Jones says:

    A great post, though now a little out of date as I write this. I found your post while searching on the phrase “blogging changes things.” I heartily agree with your views and I’ve recently found another important reason to blog: because blogging can actually change big media coverage of an issue. I’ve discovered a positive feedback loop between the level of blogging about an issue and the speed with which corporate news outlets start to cover it.

    Essentially, blogging and posting about issues you care about, and encouraging others to do so, too, insures that your issue gains the visibility that will make corporate news outlet cover it.

    For details on this idea, visit http://www.newshacker.net/2007/03/newshackernet-blogging-for-media-reform.html

    Keep on bloggin’

    /Dick Jones

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