Blog Thoughts 2005 (part one)

I’ve been pondering this post for a while. Every time I think I get a handle on it, something new pops up and I rethink (or reconfigure) my thoughts.

First, let’s start with “news” that’s been making the rounds recently: The report that says that
The number of blogs and the use of blog readers rose rapidly last year--but a majority of Americans still do not know what a blog is...[R]eadership of Web blogs--essentially, Web-based diaries--spiked 58 percent last year, with 27 percent of Internet users, or 32 million people, saying that they read blogs. Twelve percent of people who read blogs also chose to post comments on them.... But despite the rise in usage, "blog" still is not a household word. Only 38 percent of Internet users know what a blog is, while the rest are not sure what the term means.
Great. So I’m part of a growing trend. Now what?

Well, the what is “what does blogging mean”? There are so many different types of blogs, ranging from the list of links without commentary to the pure writing of an author manque and everything in between. Some blogs are well written, others could use editorial guidance. Subject matter varies, some covering a wide of interests and topics, while some are very narrowly focused.

Anyone can blog, which some people see as a good thing. On the other hand, as WSJ's OpinionJournal, perhaps not:
They certainly got under the skin of some of the paper's executives. Randell Beck, executive editor of the Argus Leader, called some of the bloggers work "crap" and said they represented an organized effort by conservatives to discredit his paper. In July, he explained to readers that "true believers of one stripe or another, no longer content to merely bore spouses and neighbors with their nutty opinions, can now spew forth on their own blogs, thereby playing a pivotal role in creating the polarized climate that dominates debate on nearly every national issue. If Hitler were alive today, he'd have his own blog."
Still to come: thoughts about the so-called blogosphere and blog ethics. But this is enough to ponder for one day.

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