The blogging revolution

Posted in Blogging

There is an amazing commentary spilled out on the Civilities blog about how we define what blogging is and how it fits into our understanding of writing, idea generation, and so much more. The post was influenced by a conversation between the author, Jon Garfunkel, and David Weinberger.

One really important point was that the act of writing on a blog is fast paced. Often we forget the crucial spell check. Our punctuation suffers. Heck, we even throw in some emoticons now and then. So, although we are in the midst of a revolution of sorts, we are doing it so fast that we are not necessarily writing “well.” But I agree that it is okay. The act of blogging does require that we write fast. There is far too much out there to write about, to share, to just get done. I have a few hundred posts to read this weekend, and about 20 tabs open right now. Can I really take an hour to carefully craft each commentary? I don’t think so. For some, yes. Some take my research. Some ideas take time to form. But those posts come out “feeling” different. More crafted.

I think this act of writing fast also makes us more honest. We just pour out our thoughts. Or at least, we do it as fast as we can type. In my case, sometimes my typing actually exceeds the pace of my ideas, but oh well. I write as I am.

We are all in agreement that we are in the midst of a revolution, not just in publishing and journalism, but in the very science of how ideas are generated, shared, stored. There is an important need to get documents available online, to build conversations around them, to understand what they mean, and to recognize when ideas get invalidated by new evidence. The blogging priests continue to do a disservice to– the technology, though not to ourselves– by playing fast and loose with the terminology.

Do you agree? Although we may build conversations via blogs, do we do a disservice to the conversation by our rush to get the post up? By not doing offline research, talking to people, getting the facts and figures right? Or, in some cases, by writing in scattered posts. Posts that do not link together the overall picture of our ideas. In all likelihood, I am doing a disservice to this article by not fully talking about all its facts, going through all its links, and really thinking fully about the ideas presented. And any commentary to this piece will be separate from all other commentary on this idea.

So, I guess the idea that we need to consider is how much are we willing to transgress on the creation and storage of ideas in the favour of quickly disseminating those ideas in easy, quick to read parcels?

In response to some of our scattered idea tendencies, Jon has created a Drupal-powered site called Constructive Media. This site is a home for ideas – a place where they can sit, grow, change and evolve. Where authors must defend their ideas. Where commentary can evolve. Each idea lives on a permanent URL. Very good.

2 Responses to “The blogging revolution”

  1. Thank you for your comments. Yes, of course this is an old conundrum of the blogosphere– do you comment here or there? Certainly you are adding value by reflecting on the Civilities/constructive approach here, and bringing it for your readers. I appreciate that! Look forward to corresponding more. — Jon

  2. Blogging and time…write fast or slow?

    Blogging and time.  You know I’m asked that a lot by bloggers new and seasoned.  How much time do you spend blogging?  I blog a …

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