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Friday, June 03, 2005

Blogging is More Broadcasting than Conversing

One of the interesting things about blogging is where it fits on the communication continuum, which broadly ranges from broadcasting to intimate conversation. In my experience, deeper levels of communication occur when two people are alone in a relaxed environment. Seeing a face, hearing a voice, watching body language are absolutely essential at the deeper levels of communication.

Blogging can only be considered a conversation in the loosest sense of the word. It is much closer to broadcasting with its one-to-many mostly unidirectional format. No matter how deep you feel you are getting with those who are reading your blog, without real human voice, tone, expression and immediate feedback you are limited. Yes comments, emails and cross-blogging help, but they do not magically transform blogging into a conversation.

Exactly where blogging can be placed on the continuum is an interesting topic of discussion, dialog, debate or discourse, but unfortunately we can't have a conversation about it on a blog.