Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Blogging Pros & Cons

Especially for Imp.


1) I own the content.

2) The ability to show pictures with my text. Getting them in place requires cutting and pasting the HTML, but it isn't too difficult.

3) It's my space and I can say what I want.

4) Comments - getting feedback from others is nice. I'm a sociable creature.

5) I like the social history aspect of blogging. It's a bit like the "Mass Observation Project" that was carried out in Britain in the 1930s-1950s, where thousands of people wrote diaries to record the lives of everyday people. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass-Observation) Imagine surfing the blogsphere in a hundred years time and reading about all those lives.


1) After the message boards at TMF, it's a bit flat. You can't hold a conversation with your readers since you can't really send them a reply to their comments and they can't directly reply to each other. You have to initiate a new post to answer their questions where they can see them because they don't receive a flag saying that there is a response to their comment and often people don't go back to review comments. (Yes, I know I can email people, but only if I already have their email address.)

2) Yet another place to log in. I know the log-in screen says "remember my log in", but it never seems to.

3) Several people have commented to me that they don't want to leave a comment because their real life identities will become known. This is a fallacy, but it does mean they need to create another log-in.


1 comment:

John said...

On the one hand, I don't have to search to find you. On the other hand, I have to seek you out.

It's probably why I end up blogging but still post at TMF myself. After all, I can be as (in)civil as I want on my blog.

And you're right, Blogger broke their "remember me" feature when they combined it with a google account.