Posts Tagged With: Uses of Blogs

The Sunday post: (Week 6)

Alright people, let’s do this thing. I’m running a little late tonight and my excuses are worthless anyway so I won’t waste your time. I didn’t get to post a lot this week but I at least got the assignments completed!

As usual, I tried the whole lecture note approach as well as mentioning all the things that popped into my head whilst reading. My Tuesday and Wednesday posts were on chapter 18 and 19 in Uses of Blogs. The first one, titled Penguins, meth and vampires. Oh my! focused primarily on fictional blogging and throughout the post I used a lot more links than I have in my past posts.Oh, and I actually used some things I’ve experienced through Twitter… Which is weird. Maybe Prof. Morgan was right: academia now owns Twitter. Isn’t that a scary thought? As much as I’d like Twitter to go academic, I think I’ve experienced too many negative things with Twitter. To me, Twitter = workings of the devil, whatever you feel correlates with a horrible thing that should be exorcised from the internet.

Sorry, Morgan. I know I’m going off topic. So Wednesday’s post was appropriately titled How  things have changed since 2007 plus a goat. This chapter was mainly about the different genres of blogging as well as the different mediums. For instance, podcasting and videocasting. I went head to head with the author here. I had quite a few things to say about his claims that videocasting was incapable of hyperlinking. I respectfully disagreed. Personally, I really enjoyed having a valid point for once. It was a great feeling. People should do that more often.

I perused  the posts of others in the class, such as Matt’s annoyance with the amount of links on a video (I told you there were links in videos!) and Jake’s views of blogging used as a notebook.

Finally we have my own digital artifact of sorts about what I see as the future of blogging. I tried something new this week. Joe suggested I make it into a picture book. I wouldn’t mind doing this all the time. There is nothing better than writing with scented markers. It was fun tracking the history of blogs and then accelerating the now periodic use to a more extreme measure. I have very mixed views of social networking so I got to let some of that shine through.

My life is a pile of busy from now on so I just have to keep holding on by this thread. Maybe next time I’ll try these super cool 3D pens instead of scented markers.

Cheers.

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Blogs: rendering real life interactions obsolete since the 1990s.

I was told to read the first five chapters of Uses of Blogs by Alex Bruns and Joanne Jacobs. I’ve made it two pages in and I’ve officially come to the realization that every blog post I’ve ever made was worthless. I am a purely neutral human being when it comes to most things. Politics? I could care less. Religion? Nobody’s going to change their mind anyway. War? It happens. It has always happened. It will happen again. Unless you really love the sound (or in this case would it be the syntax?) of your own voice (which is the case in 90% of any of these situations) there is really no point in discussing these topics.

The irony of this post is suffocating.

This is where the book comes in.

Much debate of blogging appears to focus on the so-called “A-list” of established, well-known, and often controversial bloggers while bypassing the vast range of other participants whose engagement only makes the blogosphere possible.

The way I see it, unless you’re a a member of the elite your only purpose as an “average joe” user is not to post on your own blog but to comment and fuel the success of others more well-known. You’re a peon mining the gold while the king gets to wear it. It’s like a sad middle school hierarchy: suck up to the “popular” kids if you want any recognition. If you were anything like me in middle school and didn’t give a single damn about the “popular” kids you might have a little trouble in the commenting world.

You tell ’em Harry.

I love to hear other people’s opinions, don’t get me wrong, but teach don’t preach. I don’t want to debate, I want to learn. Call me apathetic but the amount I care decreases dramatically when you look me in the eye and accuse me of being wrong in a situation where there isn’t a yes or no answer. I have no time for trolls, thank you very much.

I better stop now before I start acting like my mother.

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