Yesterday, I got an email from the Professor that started out "I don't think I get blogging. I really enjoy TCP, but I think it's almost entirely because I know you and I like to watch you put things together." Interestingly enough, Paul Chenoweth
seemed to be meditating on this same thing yesterday.
What exactly is this thing the "blog"?
I am convinced more than ever that blogging is not about the technology, nor is it about rankings, nor even the passionate messages (however distorted those messages may be). There seems to be a groundswell of need to come from our 20th century cocoons and engage one another. Blogs can be a catalyst to connect people in conversation: some online, and more and more in a much more intimate, heartfelt, personal way.
I have to say, I like this, the idea of blog as catalyst. I don't like "blog" as a word, for all the reasons Brittney mentions
. But I do like its capacity for connecting people. And for providing opportunities for delight.
I love all of the different things people are doing on line from Jon's
performance art to Egalia's
impassioned outrage to Tim Morgan's
voracious ability to pull everything in, make it funny, and put it back on display for us.
And I love that I can point you to them and know that you're both going to have an interesting time reading them and going to know a little bit more about me from seeing the things that catch my eye.