Wednesday, January 18, 2006

definition of blog & post recycling

definition of blog

Let's do this again, define what is meant by the word "blog", that ugly, dirty little word that so many people are scared of, or at least don't want it dating their daughter.

Your friends, family, co-workers will ask, "What is a blog?", especially if you talk about your blog or the blogging discipline.

Blogging is indeed a *discipline*, much like fasting, praying, meditating, decorating, flower arranging, parts assembling, and fervent lecturing all rolled into one astonishing technological revolutionary platform.

Some parents will be familiar with Xanga, LiveJoural, or MySpaces blogs. Try not to be condescending when you explain that professional and mature persons will tend to use Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, Radio Userland, or Moveable Type.

Teenagers often use Xanga, LiveJournal, or MySpace (MSN). I dislike all three, but especially MySpace. I had to create my own, unwanted, abandoned blog at MySpaces, just to ***visit*** my friend Bennett Theissen's MySpace blog. Not to comment, but to ***visit*** his blog. Same thing happened at Xanga. I dislike forcing me to create a blog, just so I can then visit someone else's blog. That's weird.

I like Blogger and WordPress. I'm starting to gravitate toward WordPress mainly due to the ability to create meaningful post archive categories. And you have more administrative privileges with a WordPress blog.

I should do a comparison of the blog platforms I have experimented with. I even have strange blogs that you may have never heard of. I have about 12 blogs scattered all over the place. Radical Corporate Art is one, I think. Vaspers the Great 2 was one, but I know the host deleted it due to disuse.

Blogging is a form of itch scratching.

You're "itching" to be creative, self-expressive, product promotional, or find a digital shoulder to cry upon. Your blogging gratifies, appeases, satisfies that creative, emotive, or scholarly itch.

Blog: a simple, self-managed web site consisting of reverse chronological order postings of text, photos, digital art, video, audio, podcasts, music mp3s, films, computer games, or other media, that occur frequently, often daily, and enable readers to respond by way of posting comments that are then included as footnotes or under the original posted essay.

That's the most basic definition I can provide at this time. "Self-managed" is the key term here. Now, thanks to blogs, non-technical people can have a web site, and slowly learn HTML, CSS, web design, web usability, creative writing, digital photo shop programs, digital art production studio software, image upload software, mp3 hosting, etc. to tweak it.

The philosophical definition of BLOG = the universalization of web content.

Doc Searls poetic definition of "Blog" = an email to the world.

Vaspers the Grate comical definition of BLOG = a slow chat room with "wheels" (links to other sites).

The pragmatic definition of BLOGGING = creating, writing, editing, promoting, and maintaining a blog, plus all other blog-related activities, such as visiting other blogs, posting comments at other blogs, emailing private messages or critiques to other bloggers, reading and collecting books about blogs, understanding the range and scope of the blogosphere through reports by blog tracking services, watching C-SPAN for Book TV and other programs that discuss blogs.

PLEASE DO NOT use the word blog as a verb, as in "Oh, I already blogged about that yesterday." or "Leave me alone, I want to blog."

A blog is a thing, not an action. A noun, not a verb.

Blog Posts: please recycle

Every six months or so, it's good to recycle some of your best ideas.

Recycle a post = do a new version, maybe enhanced or scaled down, enlarged or reduced, of a past post. Update a story, add details to an anecdote, re-explain an important principle, reinforce a fact, substantiate a claim, improve upon a theme.

NOT: duplicate it, copy and paste it.

BUT: re-think and write a new post on that old topic, no matter how well you covered it. You can copy and paste some of the old post, but I refrain from doing that. I like creating new posts on old topics, repeating only a sentence or two, a definition or an axiom, from the previous essay.

But why? Why repeat yourself?

Because every six months, your audience should have increased, and the new readers may not be familiar with certain topics. This applies mainly to Business Blogs, and not personal blogs. In a personal blog, you probably should not recycle old posts.

I've written past posts about:

* Power Email Writing
* Blogocombat
* Blog Posts
* Business Blogs
* Fearless Blogging
* Comment Spam
* What is a blogologist?
* Blogs and writing skills
* Female vs. male bloggers
* Blogs and Murder
* Blog Psychosis
* New blog game online
* Law of Loser Levitation
* Blog creativity and music
* Blog Content Protection: siglinking
* Secret Vaspers Vocabulary
* Blog debate
* Adaptive Path and online cruise booking
* Hugo Ball pre-blog dada diarist
* How to fix Tim Berners-Lee's new blog
* Blog Savagery
* Blogomedia vs. Blogosphere 4.0
* Blog Blindness
* Blog Reform
* Triumphalist Blogger
* Benefits of Blogrolls
* The Vienna Conclusions
* Weird Spam Blogs
* Universal Utopia of Free Products
* Blogs that bite and chew
* New Super Blogger
* Electro-telepathic Blogs
* Theory of Blogocombat
* 12 fundamental aspects of blogs
* Blogocombat goals and tools
* Blog vs. blogoid object
* What comment spam looks like
* Spooky Blogger Halloween Costume
* Unpaid Opinion Blog
* Iranian bloggers
* bloggers and poets'
* It's okay if most blogs suck
* Blog Revolution
* Blogs superior to television
* Some Secrets of Deep Blogology
* Breaking up via blog post
* Slogan t shirts vs blogs as public communication
* 3 best ways to improve a blog
* women and computers
* she-bloggers horror film
* maps of the internet
* Stupid Ghost Blog Business Models
* Auto-corrective aspects of the blogosphere
* Blog Day 2005
* Blog Books
* Jacques Derrida
* Paris Hilton
* Mark Cuban
* Donald Trump
* Vint Cerf
* Rimbaud
* Bob Dylan
* Blog Protection Tips name a tiny handful of my previous posts, only going back a few months.

If you wish to read any of these posts, just type in the words as shown above, in that search blog text entry box at the top of this blog. Most of those asterisked items are post titles. It takes a lot of time turning each one into a hypertext link to the post.

I am now recycling the Definition of Blog, but I've added a lot of new commentary and odd tangents, too.

[signed] steven streight aka vaspers the grate

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