April 18, 2005

Stop That Bandwagon, I Want To Get On!

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

My right to comment? I may not have perfect freedom of speech but I've never had my wrists slapped by Big Brother Blog Admin and mine is amongst the oldest of the still active blogs. So I'm throwing in my two cents.

To be honest I never mourned the loss of Hot Topics. It was obvious that it was becoming a reason to post pointless posts demanding entries. It was the quiz results of its day, initially a good idea and quite fun, a way to get people involved and doing stuff together. But it got too open to abuse, too easy to post rubbish and push out the interesting posts which were meant to benefit.

But it was an experiment and WB has seen a fair few of those. The layout and design has changed, the capacity of the blogs have changed. And the users have changed. The big names today are not the ones from when I started. In fact of those around when I started I think only Group IV, Coach Stu (currently Big Brother Towers) and (when he bothers (i.e. not often enough)) Mark's Musings are still somewhat active, although I'm not counting the blogs of those who run the damn thing (Keiran and co.) for obvious reasons. And myself. But that's self evident.

I think what I'm trying to say is there's natural evolution at work here. I think the resignation, or consideration of resignation, of a few big names is sad, but it wouldn't kill WB. What's going to happen at the end of the academic year? Will the graduates lose their blogs? If we're mourning the (admittedly sad) loss of Nicholas Wake now what will we feel when we lose Sam Hates..., Dan's Exercise In Narcissism, The Man From O.N.K.E.N. and all the other finalists' blogs?

I wonder if we will be allowed to keep them. I bet despite the restrictions on here most people would like to keep them beyond graduation. Before WB, I didn't want a blog in the outside world because I wanted some degree of control and it felt safer to blog here. I know there are outsiders who read this, but the majority are other students, and that removes (whether true or not) some of the worries I had about people seeing my ranting. I can find no rational reason for why I feel this way but I do, and I know others do.

This thing wins acclaim and has its own personality, different to other blogs. It's not a closed circle either. Demonstrate some wit, some originality or some revision crazed insanity and you'll get noticed, as proven recently by Adrienne. I don't believe it's dying because it's not one animal, it's many, it's a species and it's evolving.

Would I blog on if I lost this? I don't know, I really don't. I half suspect I wouldn't, at least not on one of the big journal sites. But I might change my mind. Or I might not lose this. Whichever.

And Blog Admin, ranters, whingers, complainers and campaigners remember:

I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire
Maturity breeds tolerance. Blog on.


- 4 comments by 2 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. You can indeed keep your blog by joining the good old WGA.

    So I may live on yet.

    19 Apr 2005, 00:30

  2. Dan, where did you find out about that?

    19 Apr 2005, 10:23

  3. My housemate Greg told me initially but it is also written on the back of the form to apply for the WGA. Its £20 a year and it also allows you continued acccess to the Students Union (ehich I believe allows you to join societies in a non full union member capacity) and cheaper entry to the Sports centre if you are living nearby. There are a host of other benefits like careers advice and a yearbook and the warm glow that comes with knowing you are helping fund the library and less well off students.

    19 Apr 2005, 11:41

  4. Karen Mortimer

    More info here:
    link

    19 Apr 2005, 16:38


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