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[http://writetheweb.com/Members/gilest/old/107 Evan Williams]
"the blog concept is about three things: Frequency, Brevity, and Personality."

Dave Winer defines weblogs as being: personal, on the web, published, and part of communities. "The unedited voice of a person."

[http://www.camworld.com/journal/rants/99/05/11.html Cameron Barrett]
"Weblogs ... are designed for an audience. They have a voice. They have a personality. ... they are an interactive extension of who you are."

[http://mason.gmu.edu/~jhenry/nu/weblogs.html GMU Nonfiction Universe: Weblogs]
Weblogs are often-updated sites that point to articles elsewhere on the web, often with comments, and to on-site articles. A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. There are many guides to choose from, each develops an audience, and there's also comraderie and politics between the people who run weblogs, they point to each other, in all kinds of structures, graphs, loops, etc.

A weblog is a coffeehouse conversation in text, with references as required.

Rebecca Blood

You may have seen them in your travels around the World Wide Web. Some provide succinct descriptions of judiciously selected links. Some contain wide swaths of commentary dotted sparingly with links to the news of the day. Others consist of an endless stream of blurts about the writer's day.... Some are political. Some are intellectual. Some are hilarious. Some are topic-driven. Some are off-the-wall.... All are impassioned about their subjects.

Rebecca Blood

In 1998 there were just a handful of sites of the type that are now identified as weblogs... Jesse James Garrett, editor of Infosift, began compiling a list of "other sites like his" as he found them in his travels around the web. In November of that year, he sent that list to Cameron Barrett. Cameron published the list on Camworld, and others maintaining similar sites began sending their URLs to him for inclusion on the list. Jesse's 'page of only weblogs' lists the 23 known to be in existence at the beginning of 1999.

Suddenly a community sprang up. It was easy to read all of the weblogs on Cameron's list, and most interested people did. Peter Merholz announced in early 1999 that he was going to pronounce it 'wee-blog' and inevitably this was shortened to 'blog' with the weblog editor referred to as a 'blogger.'

At this point, the bandwagon jumping began.

Meg Hourihan

"If we look beneath the content of weblogs, we can observe the common ground all bloggers share -- the format. The weblog format provides a framework for our universal blog experiences, enabling the social interactions we associate with blogging...These tools spit out our varied content in the same format -- archives, permalinks, time stamps, and date headers." (Meg Hourihan)

Russ Lipton

"Just a site organized by time."

Halley Suitt

details multiple characteristics, including: last place on earth to tell the truth, watching brains at work, a love letter, a diary, an open head - for the reader's convenience.

(Andrew Sullivan)

"But what bloggers do is completely new - and cannot be replicated on any other medium. It's somewhere in between writing a column and talk radio. It's genuinely new. And it harnesses the web's real genius - its ability to empower anyone to do what only a few in the past could genuinely pull off. In that sense, blogging is the first journalistic model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic nature of the web. It's a new medium finally finding a unique voice."

(Jay Cross)

"A blog is defined as a Website with dated entries, usually by a single author, often accompanied by links to other blogs that the site?s editor visits on a regular basis. Think of a blog as one person?s public diary or suggestion list. Early blogs were started by Web enthusiasts who would post links to cool stuff that they found on the Internet. They added commentary. They began posting daily. They read one another?s blogs. A community culture took hold."


Blogging is a personal light-weight web publishing tool, allowing web content management with minimal technical knowledge and fuss, empowerment to personal publishers. Blogging is about frequency, brevity, personality. The significance is around the format - content chunks arranged chronologically and not the content. The defining characteristics are commentary and a sequential chronology. In an open space, blogs offer control and a shield against spamming that mar contributions to usenet and slasdot.

Are blogs becoming the default format for personal web sites?. Is the attraction being able to have your say in the absence of critique? a private playground, a place for self-expression without the criticism and hostility that can flame up in online forums. "I can post the most egregious statement," Meg Hourihan said, "and nobody can do anything about it." or is it if you give people great links, they will come back for more?

Steve MacLaughlin

Since the first Web log was posted on the Internet it has created a writing renaissance on a scale unseen for a very long time. Bloggers like Dave Winer and Doc Searls have become the modern day incarnation of Dr. Johnson and Samuel Pepys. Perhaps people really never stopped writing, but blogs have certainly given people a way to publishing their personal thoughts in a way never seen before. And unlike the diaries of historical figures and ordinary people of the past these are real-time conversations that a multitude of readers are privy to on a global scale.

Let there be Blogs

Imagine keeping a diary every day, but instead of locking it up and stowing it in your desk drawer, you do the exact opposite. You post it on the Web, letting the entire world -- well, anyone who stumbles upon it, anyway -- inside your head....

Part diary, part media digest, part scrapbook, blogs are one more way the digital revolution has enabled communication in ways few people could have predicted.

Biz Stone

In 1994 the Web was a garden of personal home pages blooming with thoughts, opinions, and life experiences. People were learning how to build their own sites, experimenting with design, and sharing their voice with the world while the business world scrambled for ways to "monetize" the internet and capitalize on its fertility.

Then they paved it all and built a mall.

But behind the scenes of today's Web, swollen with e-stores, bloated with search engines, and exploding with mega-portals offering streams of relentless, commercialized content and "free services," a real revolution is taking seed.

And where were you on 29 April, 2001?

And what did you do? do you remember? An American Girl in London does.
sunday, april 29
posted @6:32 PM
MMmm. Nice relaxing weekend.

Yesterday I wandered around Angel - found a cute vintage store called 'Cloud Cuckooland' and bought some sugaring @ The Body Shop. Next I went with some friends to see Shockheaded Peter which I enjoyed immensely. We then wandered around SoHo until I got sick to death of so many people and we stopped for crepes. Yum.

Today I braved Oxford Circus to buy some yoga clothes @ NikeWorld (or NikeLand, or something to that effect). I got some comfy stuff. Came home, ate some yummy hummous.

About an hour ago Jason sent me an SMS message that said "REM are playing a free show @ Trafalgar Sqaure! Come now!' which got me pretty excited until he called back and said that tickets were actually needed and that scalpers were selling them and also that REM didn't come on until 5 other bands had played. Since I've reached my people-qoutient for the weekend I decided to not go. Instead I'm sitting in the nice empty flat and listening to the rain. Maybe I'll have some ice cream.

Tomorrow morning I look @ a studio (ground floor - could get broken into a lot) with a garden (oooohhh) that's just a few blocks from the Islington Sainsbury's and the Angel tube station (yessssss). Which means it's also a 10 minute walk to work. Tasty. I will be on my best most impressive behavior come 9:30am tomorrow.

Also - I think a guy might have flirted with me while I was @ Reckless Records yesterday - I just didn't understand him very well. He looked at my CDs (he worked there) and then took out a piece of paper and starting scribbling about some club that plays good music. It was very loud in the store and when he asked me if I knew certain bands from SF (I think?) I couldn't hear very well so I just sort of looked confused but smiled a lot. Then he looked confused back and so I left. 4 blocks later I looked down and saw he'd written his email and name next to the club dates and location. He was an Anjie-type boy and I couldn't understand a word he was saying - his East End-y accent was so strong. Still, a nice thing. And gosh can I be lame.

[An American Girl in London]
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jen robinson

Goldthwaite is not the first to say it, but she writes,

Start writing things down. Carry a small notebook ever place you go. Keep a commonplace book for quotations and observations. Start a file for your research. I have an old shoebox full of newspaper clippings, scraps of paper and restaurant napkins which ideas written on them... When I can't think of anything to write, I dig through the shoebox for inspiratoin. It's full of details... (200)

A blog is a webby shoebox.

nate boxer: blog as meditation

I keep thinking about what I want this journal to be. I'm leery of both ends of the spectrum I perceive: the mundane end of daily rants and details peppered with the occasional description of something cool at one end and the art-fag/intellectually pretentious end where you get pithy quotes, unrefined responses to the "Great Art Dialogue" (also permanently bequoted) and goofy puns. They both have their downfalls, mainly in how they are executed, which is mainly without much effort. The online journal is to a personal journal as email is to a letter to a friend - the medium is just too fluid and ephemeral to generate much substance on its own. For myself, I feel the need to work with something a little more tangible, a surface I can pull and push. I'm not satisfied just keeping a few friends up to date (or confusing the same few friends with my random thoughts and opaque declarations). So, I'm going to try to keep this thing in the present and mainly focus on my attention to the detail of the moment. Noticing what's going on in the sky and on the ground in front of me and in the small and large objects all arond that speak softly but constantly is no small task. I find it difficult but rewarding. (And just one side-effect of this practice is the silencing of the habitual internal monologue that we humans are prone to. Like meditation silences this monologue, or at least attempts to, so does the practice of paying attention. And, though I feel I do this a lot, I'm talking about maybe 15 minutes out of each day. What does the mind do in all the interstices between driving the body and solving problems? It's not resting, that's for sure...) In this way, I hope to serve both myself and my reader by keeping the subject fresh. And maybe some of this effort will reflect back into the physical world. That would be a good thing.

monday, june 18, 2001

posted @11:36 PM AIIEEEE.))WUWJQ

I hate Blogger. I mean, I love it. But boy do I hate it.

I love it: easy, quick, cute, smooth and more than just a little sassy (if you know what I mean) I hate it: I used to actually -think- before I typed out crap for strangers (and you, lovely friends) to read on the internet. What a concept. Little mini peeks - I'd even write on half size purple post-it notes things I wanted to mention. "launch party, funny pbs show, j-me socks, that guacamole from lunch"

So. Do I trash Blogger and go back to my tedious not at all sensible or quick template? Write just once every few days but make it somewhat worthwhile? Or do I continue with the steam-of-consciousness-brain-vomit attack?

PLASTIC MEDIUM by NICHOLAS G. CARR, in The Industry Standard, Feb 26, 2001 p84.

"First, the Net is a plastic medium; new applications can quickly change the way people use it. That was true of Napster, and it's true of Blogger. And the most revolutionary applications tend to emerge not from commercial orgnaizations but from passionate amateurs -- from people more interested in doing something cool than in making money. Although the creators of Napster and Blogger are trying desperately to retrofit business models to their inventions, the real impact of the technologies has been to enable people to do things for free that they used to have to pay to do.

Second, the Internet remains primarily a platform for communication, not commerce. Most people go online to talk, learn and explore, not buy."...

"The upshot? unlike traditional media, the Internet provides individuals with unprecedented power to shape what they do, how they do it and whom they do it with. Using Blogger and other community-building apps such as ICQ and Aimster, people will customize the Internet to their own needs and desires, regardless of the economic interests of businesses."

thursday, august 2

posted @1:10 AM

Being unable to hug and be near someone I love who is having a rotten time is the worst feeling in the world for me. Not to like, make it all about me. Because it's about them.

Hi. I miss you I love you so much and you are such a beautiful and loving and NICE PERSON that I am every day bowled over by the fact that you consider me anywhere near your equal in matters of heart and brain. I am feeling very awful that I can't hug you and pat your head right now so I'm hugging this stupid smelly towel instead.

I'm writing this on blogger because the whole damned world should know it.


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