Tuesday, July 28, 2009

to blog or.....something else

finally, an explanation for why i'd rather blog than twitter. and i'm not a serious blogger like a lot of people - as evidenced by the fact that i still use blogspot and am too lazy to take on my own content. but i hung on to twitter for over a year, at one time deleting my account then recreating it. abandoning it, then coming back. and finally, like so much of college, recognizing it for what it was, just experimenting.

"A blog lets you define yourself, whereas on a social network you are more likely to be defined by others. Sure, blog readers can write comments — but the blogger can delete the comments, or disemvowel them, or turn them off entirely. Sure, a blog is dependent on the links you point outward and those that others point in; but it has its own independent existence in a way that no amount of messaging and chat and interaction on a social networking site can match. A blog is not necessarily better than a Facebook profile, nor is it worse; it is, simply, different."
-- from "Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters," as posted on Gawker "Was Blogging Just a Fad?"

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