What is this Blogging Thing?

Ok. So. I’m a poser. This is not a real blog. It’s a poser blog. My friend has a webpage. Tonite at dinner he asked me what a blog was. I explained it to him and he said it sounded just like a journal. Feh. I went to the web to look up exactly what a blog was one more time. I learned I am a mere blog poser:

1. There are blogs solely devoted to giving you things to blog about.

2. Marketingterms.com defines blogs: a blog is “a frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and weblinks.” Plus it has a bunch of links to sites about blogs. Ok, so by this definition, I am legit.

3. Megnut at the O’Reilly Network says that weblogs have timestamps (got it), links (got that sometimes), and a permalink. What’s a permalink??? See! I’m a poser!

4. Bloggers are very cool, according to Henry Jenkins. He actually wrote a column about blogs at Technology Review. He says, “Bloggers are turning the hunting and gathering, sampling and critiquing the rest of us do online into an extreme sport. We surf the Web; these guys snowboard it. Bloggers are the minutemen of the digital revolution.” Of course, you gotta pay five bucks to read the -rest- of the article, which I refuse to do even though I like Henry Jenkins.

5. About.Com argues that blogs are just diaries with links despite what bloggers say. I always go to About.com for validation.

Two of the most important elements of the blog seem to be technology — you use a blogger type template to update regularly instead of the clunky old just update the website and FTP it way — and you do it regularly, like, daily. If you go to those blogger sites, then people can comment back and stuff. In the end, it’s always about the code. Why is that, exactly.

In sum, once I moved my so-called blog to a hosted site instead of Pitas, it no longer counted as a blog.

Now I’m off to FTP.

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