It's interesting to me to see how people approach blogging. The disjoint between the public and the private. The wondering about the audience. The exploration of a new space for writing. The acknowledgement of its social context.
My first post, just short of a year ago, was entitled "...is this thing on?
" In it, I wrote this:
I'm fascinated by the potential of this medium. Not so much the personal publishing per se, but the interconnections among blogs, and the nonlinear concept-based path you can take through content once those interconnections are well-established. And the reputation/value issue--as more people link to your thoughts and comments, the more people who want to read them, and in turn want to read the blogs of the people you link to. Distributed processing at its very best. The "TrackBack" concept of cross-linking sites is really intriguing.
My friend and colleague Elouise Oyzon had this
to say back in June when she began:
Like standing on the beach, I test the waters with a toe. How cold? How deep do I go?
How seductive to send words out on the tide like messages in a bottle. How cold? How deep? How far?
And her brother Beau, who began his blog only a few days ago, writes
it's private thoughts for public use.
What was _your_ first post about?
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