Explaining Blogging

Just had a telephone call with someone interested in the whole blog thing, which made me have to think about what it is all about. Here is my take on it:

  • Don’t ask the difference between a blog and a website, think of a blog as the website you’ve just updated.
  • There is a whole culture out there. You need to read it before you can write it.
  • It is about people, not information technology, hosting companies or software.
  • Well, people are software.
  • Do it as often as you can – aim for every day and write for those whom you want to read it.
  • Write what they want to read.
  • Allow other people to comment freely. If you don’t let them comment on your blog they will comment about you on their own.
  • Blogging is performance rather than writing.
  • Blogging (well this kind of blogging) is a form of striptease. All one’s soul is laid bare.
  • You are more likely to realise non-financial benefits.
  • It is about community.

Did I miss anything? What advice would you give someone thinking of starting a blog, particularly one designed to drive people towards a commercial site?


  1. Freda says

    Enjoy the whole process and let people know your url.

  2. Anonymous says

    Blogging – pictures
    As someone who enjoys the pictorial side do not forget Kelvin’s Photoblog at http://photoblog.thurible.net/

    A picture can communicate a thousand words.

  3. Bishop David says

    I think what I enjoy is way in which you gradually develop a sort of parallel/virtual universe – disconnected in space and time – and invite other people to step inside it.

    On the more serious side, you need to be very cautious about people and situations. I note that, quite properly, Kelvin’s blog tells us almost nothing about how things are going at the Cathedral!

  4. Brannon Hancock says

    more advice
    Sorry for the late contribution here, but I could not appreciate blog culture until I realized the following, which I think every blogger should heed.
    1) Don’t take blogging too seriously – it’s not journalism, it’s not memoir, it’s not an academic journal (etc), it’s not an easy way to get your writing “in print” – it’s somewhere between an online confessional and a digitally-mediated small group conversation, especially when viewed not just individually but in relation to other blogs. And…
    2) DON’T TAKE BLOGGING TOO SERIOUSLY – either what you write, what other people write, what you comment, what they comment or what anybody comments! It’s not legitimate, intricate discourse, it’s pub chat online. It’s BS-ing around the ping-pong table in somebody’s basement.
    That’s all I’ve got.

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