All entries for Wednesday 14 September 2005
September 14, 2005
Right, the art of blogging. Now here's one to ponder, what are the rules of blogging?
Should blogging be spontaneous? Should it be planned in advance? Should you only blog the things that you want people to know or should you blog everything and let people see what you really are? (Yes this article really is a rip-off of the conversation in the comments of the article below but hey…I'm sure I can expand on it.
I'm sure I could drone on for a while trying to answer the question of "what is the point of blogging?". There are many answers that many people will give, but I suppose that it boils down to one thing, wanting to have people read about your thoughts, observations and actions and comment on them. But why do people want to have people comment on their articles? To prove how funny / interlectual / observant or whatever else they are? I suppose it differs from person to person.
Anyway, this article is not "why blog?"...it's "how blog?" What are the rules of blogging?(and I write this mainly for my own benefit because I don't blog all that much and I'm not up on the latest blogging etiquette.)
1. Should blogging be spontaneous or should it be planned?
2. To blog everything or not to blog everything?
The Answers (as I see them)
1. Surely blogging should be a spontaneous thing? I do know people that comment on if they miss a day of blogging, but surely if you didn't blog then you couldn't think of something worth blogging…or you were doing something sooooo interesting it'll make good reading in a later blog? The only reason to adhere to a rigid schedule is if you are being paid to blog or something? Could be a nice gig if you have a life that's interesting enough to manage that…
2. Not sure where to stand on this one, I can see both points of view, though personally I prefer to only blog what I want people to see, causes less problems this way, although I admire the courage of some people who are brave enough to post everything and let people judge them for what they are, though in my opinion it can seem like seeking sympathy in some cases although it may not be what they intended. Another sub-question is whether or not to flame bait, should articles that you will provoke a strong reaction be posted just to gain a reaction, I suppose it depends on the seriousness of the material in the end, it's down to personal judgement in the end, where to draw the line between humourous / stimulating conversation and the plain offensive (though I'm sure there are some official guidelines laid down somewhere regarding this).
Anyway, that was far too weighty and serious for my liking (but still quite short, I'm just lazy, I know), and probably makes no sense in the end…nuff said for now.