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pcNielsen

All of these technologies are still so new that no one knows just how they'll end up being used in an enduring sense. The key, methinks, is not to take any of them too seriously and to realize that this media revolution is not all that unlike going from scribes to printing presses. That is, chaos will inevitably be involved: http://theaestheticelevator.com/2009/03/27/internet-is-spelt-revolution/

Del

I ought not to gush like a fan-boy, but...

Your blog has often caused me to think, and occasionally to re-think.

You've made me laugh. And you've even caused me to all a little art to my home.

Just remember, they complained that GK Chesterton wasted his time writing for daily papers, too.

ukok

Over the last, almost 5 years of blogging, my whole attitude to blogging has taken many twists and turns.

I think the biggest mistake a blogger can make, is to take their blog too seriously.

I am getting more hits every day now than i ever did and yet i am becoming more and more detached from personal blogging and focussing instead on offering my meagre talents to providing free Catholic and creative goodies.

The first year i blogged i was a zealous Catholic, having only become Catholic during the preceeding year. I flip through my archives occasionally in search of something and i come across so much sanctimonious drivel that i actually have to laugh at myself.

The second and third year i took blogging way too seriously. I worried if i didn't get good site stats, if i didn't get comments, all sorts of pathetic stuff like that.

If someone seemed to be a regular reader and then deleted me from their Blog Links on their blog i would feel wounded. I actually took it personally.

I allowed people i hadn't met and probably never would, to hurt my feelings when they blanked me and ignored my comments and emails.

It stung big time because i'm a very friendly kind of person and i don't understand unfriendliness, i guess..

The fourth year of blogging, i can't say i think much good has come out of it apart from this new creative direction the blog is going in.

I no longer blog about personal stuff very often, since i feel really vulnerable and exposed when i do so...i think that has a lot to do with the horrible situation i found myself in last year ...from that one post back in August, i recieved such vicious responses from the people i wrote about and from some other really wierd people who called me the spawn of the devil and stuff...nightmare. I soon removed the post,
apologised for publicising what had happened (it was true, but innapropriate to post)...but what happened behind the scenes was a million times worse. Thank God i had a good priest/friend to talk things over with at the time.

I was tempted back then to delete the blog. I used it too much as a mouthpiece for my emotions and i had to pray long and hard about what to do

I don't really think the blogosphere is any kind of place for a sensitive soul to be. To my great cost, I've always been a sensitive soul and it's only through this new 'ministry' (if i may be so bold as to use such a term)
that i am finding enjoyment in blogging again.

Oh heck....all i was going to say was...i thought about 'Twitter' for about 2 seconds .....but do people really want to read the boring minutiae of my waking hours? I very much doubt it.

Sorry for rambling, Tim.


Der Wolfanwalt

I've got to say, I've been a critic of Twitter in the past, and present. (I have a Twitter account, btw.) However, as I thought about my criticisms, they seem just as applicable to the idea of blogging...and quite frankly, if I follow them to their logical conclusion, to any writing of any kind.

Fundamentally, my critique is that any monkey with a laptop can pound away, releasing untold tons of scat onto the internet. Some get validated with readers, some toil in obscurity. It's the democratization of information, for better or for worse.

The irony is not lost of me that I, who tend to be against the idea of democratizing much of anything, would probably not be blogging, twittering, or anything else if my thoughts were those of the guardians of state. Then I realized that there was value in the very things that I was vociferously deploring. Democratization results in a lot of crap, but mixed in with the crap are nuggets of value...and it may be cliche to claim that in order to find the nuggets you have to sift through a lot of the crap, but the methodology has certainly worked for gold-panners.

In the end, I think that I'm a techie with Luddite sympathies. I love technology because I can see the good it can do, but I am acutely aware of its drawbacks. Viva Twitter. It just won't replace Chesterton any time soon.

Tim J.

"I think that I'm a techie with Luddite sympathies"

See, I'm not even a techie (my knowledge of the internet and computers in general is very superficial), but I see where you're coming from.

We should be tech savvy, but skeptical at the same time.

Tim J.

Oh, and ukok -

Feel free to ramble. Your rambling is better than most.

Besides, your post probably boosted my per-comment average word count a little! I am affirmed in my okayness! Now I can throw off this horrific blog-induced depression...

pcNielsen

Oh, and I might add that Twitter's content does seem to do very well in search results. I've begun using it solely as another way to market myself as an artist (@pcNielsen if Tim will let me insert a shameless plug), and am trying to keep the content closely related to the arts.

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