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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Secrets of the Blogging Masters

If you read some A-List bloggers, carefully you can be privy to some great secrets. Here are a few.

Jeff Jarvis recently blogged:
Now before we go any farther, allow me a moment to dare to lecture the blogging community: For us to be successful, we also need AOL's blogs to be part of our world. I don't want to hear us get snotty and snippy about AOL's entry into the blogosphere.
There's no need for concern that this will crowd and clutter the blogging world. You'll never see Aunt Esther's cat blog if no one you know ever links to it. That is precisely what makes weblogs a quality- and interest-driven medium. As Clay Shirky and I told them yesterday: It isn't content until it's linked.

Jeff Jarvis and Clay Shirky reveal that the AOLer's are necessary for the good of the A-List blogosphere.

Revealed Secret: It you don't link to them, they don't exist.

Doc was extremely critical of this good New York Times article The Lure of Data: Is It Addictive?. Misrepresenting the article as saying that information is bad, Doc responds:

On the Web, most of what you want, including informative friends and cyberneighbors, are right here, providing stuff you can learn in a time frame as close to Now as you're gonna get.

Here on the Net, we get to inform ourselves, and each other. No, not all information is here. Is it a perfect system? Far from it. But it's a human one. And human beings are learning creatures, after all, even if they do like to watch television.

Of course there will always be a need for libraries and conventional media of all kinds. Again, AND logic applies. But there's no substitute for learning stuff. Call it an addiction if you like, but consider the alternatives.

I am very confused by these paragraphs but I think that Doc is arguing that reading blogs is one of the highest forms of learning. Thank G-d Docs allows for libraries as alternative sources of learning.

The article was pointing out that the always on nature of current technology creates some problems for some people. Even if we don't have this problem, is it fair or accurate to say it is not a problem for anyone else. I don't think the author was arguing for the elimination of the Internet, just pointing some of the pitfalls.

Revealed secret: Anyone who criticizes the Internet or Blogging is evil.