What is a blog? What should a blog be? Where is the line between chosen topic and personal content, and should we cross it? Are the answers to these questions purely personal or are they moulded by external influences, and what effect does this have?
Six words that have stuck me over the years come from Dave Winer’s piece in 2003 discussing what makes a weblog a weblog; those words are:
“The unedited voice of a person”
Adam linked to a post he wrote 11 years ago in which he argues that the basic currency of the blog is the thought “that’s interesting” – that’s all:
Everything you post to a blog is something you find interesting and want to share with others, be it a link, an article, a photo or a video.
Adam described the interview as “hard going” and on my first read though I only got as far as the following quote about talking to a high school class:
Blogging is a particularly singular and personal act despite your posts being publicly available – the unedited voice of a person and all that.
Reading and commenting on blog posts, however, is an inherently social act carried out on a range of scales. Unfortunately, over the years, we have slipped towards the lower end of that range.
The words “the unedited voice of a person” as mentioned in the last post always referred to being free from external influence and change, or be “not edited by someone else.”