November 03, 2005

Well, now, if it’s not time once more for The Day-Before-Friday Three!

Today, since I have to get all practiced up for representing the ‘Stupid-Pointless’ branch of bloggerdom in front of a bunch of computer guys, I thought it might be good to do a little introspection to help me get my thoughts together about the topic. In doing so, I figured you could play along as well.

TO THAT END, we now present this week’s Axis of Weevil Thursday Three--Deeply Ponderful Edition!

Now then, answer the following questions either in your own blog and leave a link in the comments below, or use the comments as your substitute blog in case you don’t have one. As usual, anyone is welcome to play along.


1) If you have a blog, why did you start it? If you don’t have one, do you think you might start one? Why or why not?

2) What blogs do you read most often?

3) Finally, what do you consider to be the greatest strength(s) and most profound weakness(es) of blogging?

Okay, folks--go forth and cogitate, and tell us what you think.

As for my answers--

1) I started this blog mainly as a way to have an outlet for my thoughts. Simple as that. I enjoy writing, and it was easy to start, and it gave me a way to keep my thoughts ordered and give some structure to the tremendous emotions I felt after September 11. Like so many blogs, I consider this to be a product of that event, even though it was three months afterwards that I started it.

And I like having people read what I write--I don’t do this just for myself, which explains why it’s a public, rather than a private, journal. Maintaining it in the years since I started has been occasionally laborious, but rewarding nonetheless. And as always, I truly do appreciate everyone who has come by over the years, and especially those who have hung around long enough to become my friends.

2) Probably Instapundit and Outside the Beltway--I read just about everyone in the blogroll on most days, but I check these two several times during the day to see what all’s going on.

3) Strengths--immediacy, and the ability to find SOMEone, SOMEwhere, who is an expert on just about any subject. Those two things, when combined with a wide-ranging network of concerned people, create a very powerful information tool.

Weakness--rampant cretinism. When blogging as a means of information exchange was first coming into its own back in 2001, it was much harder to find the slack-jawed wingnut spit-slingers who tended to populate the LAST big thing, Internet forums. It was certainly nice to step out of the troll heavy, sock-puppet infested, flamewar environment--at least for the few months before they all figured out they could be just as stupid, fatuous, illogical, and fallacious in people’s comment sections, or in their own blogs. And they continue to spread, in direct proportion to their numbers in society at large. The only trouble is, they tend to be able to be much more prolific, in that the general population has to work for a living, and the Idiot Class is hardcore unemployable. Except as members of rent-a-protestor mobs.

But the strength of good information--if it is freely available--tends to drown out the less reliable (although screechier and sometimes more numerous) voices of the tinfoil hat crowd. (And yes, the part about "freely available" is a direct shot at anyone who thinks the UN should have control of the Internet.)

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2005 07:51 AM

I’m up and before class even.

Posted by: jim at November 3, 2005 08:14 AM

There's a class? No one told me! Can I get your notes?

Posted by: Jordana at November 3, 2005 08:47 AM

1) I don't have a blog, because I like to read a lot better than I like to write.
2) I ALWAYS read Possumblog. I also read Michelle Malkin and several of the Axis of Weevil sites. I click on a lot of links, so I end up at a variety of places.
3) The strengths include getting to "know" people that I would never otherwise talk to (being kind of shy), and also getting viewpoints other than the MSM. One thing I don't like is that on some of the sites there are comments that are just vicious and hateful.

Posted by: Kathy at November 3, 2005 09:04 AM

HEY! I got class!

It's all low, but it's class.

Oh. I'm up, too.

Posted by: skinnydan at November 3, 2005 09:04 AM

I'm up, but I over slept class.

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 3, 2005 09:09 AM

Buncha silly freshmen. Everyone knows you don't schedule your classes until, like, you know, after lunch. sheesh.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2005 09:23 AM

I have no class, but my feelings are still hurt because Terry called me a slack-jawed cretin. I'm not a slack-jawed cretin, I am a slack-jawed yokel. There is a difference!

I'm going to go sit in the corner and cry now.

Posted by: TieRod at November 3, 2005 09:23 AM

Obviously, I wasn't thinking of YOU--it was someone else, and you know that.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2005 09:35 AM

My answers are up.

Posted by: Jordana at November 3, 2005 10:42 AM

1. There was a voice in me that had to come out, in a non-schizophrenic kind of way. I had built up some blog buddies prior to launching Spudlets, and have enjoyed the sense of community ever since.

2. I read the AoW gang, of course (4 sure - u guys rawk!!), and the Bleat, and some other folks from a list that changes like the seasons.

3. Strength - getting to be friends with people and having an audience (sometimes not so willing) to share my thoughts with.
Weakness - missing the face-to-face interaction (and no, a videocam would not replace live and in person) and the resultant misunderstandings that occurs when witty comments are taken the wrong way.

What a long, strange trip it's been ...

Posted by: MarcV at November 3, 2005 10:54 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Janis at November 3, 2005 01:04 PM

Okay, so I'm not really Tex, but she asked me to post the link to her answers because her evil firewall won't let her comment here.


(Gee, so this is what it feels like to be a 32 year old woman from Texas. Hmmm. I kinda like it.)

Posted by: Tex at November 3, 2005 01:50 PM

Dang, I've been out all day. If you're still Tex, give yourself a little hug for me. And e-mail me sometime!

Posted by: skillzy at November 3, 2005 03:35 PM

Sorry, man--I'm back to being me now. C'mere and give me a hug anyway.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2005 03:39 PM

Being a 32-year-old woman from Texas is one of the finest things in the world. I was one once.

Posted by: Janis at November 3, 2005 03:51 PM

What's a blog?

Posted by: skillzy at November 3, 2005 04:06 PM