What Is Blogging?

Blogging is read, think, write (and link) and read some more.
Will Richardson

An incredibly convenient way to publish stuff on the web
Jay Pfaffman

[using] frequently modified webpages containing individual entries displayed in reverse chronological sequence
Herring et al

Starting a blog reminded me what it is like to learn to use a new, technology-based communication medium. (This is most valuable training when part of my job is to repeatedly teach fundamentals to novice users.) Since it is still becoming familiar to me, I often wonder what I am actually doing when I blog. At times, it is variously vehicle for self-reflection and a communication device for sharing tech-related ideas with others.

Blog purists point to the unique type of communication that happens when a community of bloggers actively read and link to each others’ blogs. (It took a while for me to feel this myself.) At the same time, others (especially youth) have appropriated the blog format for other purposes, such as online diaries and standalone web pages. Herring and co-authors insist that it is elitist and sexist to not acknowledge this as blogging too.

We need both points of view. Enthusiasts promote one concept of blogging that has demonstrated value, but others find different uses that may end up being just as valuable someday.

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