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July 29, 2003

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Jen

My current blog fits your definition of an introvert blog to a 'T'. I often lament my failings, ramble on in lunking paragraphs, and apologize for sparse posting. Oy. I also share it with only a small group of friends who seem to enjoy (or at least tolerate) my endless navelgazing. But I've always admired the extrovert bloggers. Maybe I'll be one when I grow up.

Jen

In all that rambling about myself, I forgot to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your post. You sum up the many styles of blogging quite nicely.

Crawford Kilian

Don't beat yourself up, Jen! I write myself some scathing letters about the lack of progress on my novels.

But I've found that writing letters about problems is often an effective way to find solutions. It's as if framing the problem in a coherent sentence will organize your mind into a more creative stance. You go right from moaning and groaning to: "Hey! How about...?"

And away you go.

Crawford Kilian

Oh, and by the way--

Superb photos of Rochester. I've never been there, but just as exercises in composition, light, and colour, these are excellent. Wish you'd been with me in Sao Paulo last year, when I was taking some truly dull photos of a megacity.

Jen

Thanks! I had fun taking those pictures.

I can't imagine how photos of Sao Paolo could be dull. That's a completely different world to me.

Ed Bilodeau

Frustrated with the lack of hosting options available at McGill (where the idea of weblogging as a form of scholarly communication is far from taking hold), I've been waiting for Typepad before putting a serious effort into a rejuvinated weblog.

I'm currently teaching at McGill (e-commerce), running the Centre's web site, and starting my Ph.D. research (e-learning and KM). After reading through your categories, I'm wondering if my weblog should be a blend of 'job' and 'specialist', or if I should really just stick to one type or the other.

In otherwords, would a hybrid blog be less effective then a focused blog?

Crawford Kilian

Don't take my categories too seriously. Introvert blogs are divisible into many subcategories, from the teen-angst version to the Travis Bickle extortion note.

Similarly, job blog and specialist blogs must split and blend in any number of ways. When I'm going on about my novels in "Fiction Writing," it's a mix of introvert and specialist: I'm talking to myself, but also trying to share some ideas with fellow-writers whether professionals or apprentices.

So rejuvenating your blog will result, I hope, in a blog that suits you and your colleagues and students by providing insights into your specialty--and a context created by links to others working in the same field.

The tag you give it, job, specialist, or whatever, should be the least of your concerns.

kevin

"In otherwords, would a hybrid blog be less effective then a focused blog?"

I think most blogs are hybrid blogs. Even advocacy blogs tend to include some posts on the writer's life and or work. And I have never run into a blog worth reading tha had a laser like focucs on only one subject.

Vernieda

*laughs* I've had an introvert blog since I first started in 2000. But I agree with Kevin, there's always room for overlap. I've been known to prattle on about my job and the random stupidity (but in a good way) that occurred on a daily basis. Granted, my posts lately have been about the absolutely stupidity in a bad way of my company. But a few weeks ago, I would talk in-depth about my writing processes or books or issues related to books, etc.

Of course, that's probably more a reflection of myself than anything else, which makes it an introvert blog. Still, I like recording those anecdotes because sometimes I get the desire to read where I was one year ago and it's all there in written. It's like a written chronicle of your growth and development, at least for me.

xian

Any more or less random survey of blogs will find that most are bad. It's Sturgeon's Law (90% of everything is crap). Fortunately, most of us follow the recommendations of higher quality, trusted sources and manage to avoid spending much time reading bad blogs (except for those by our friends and loved ones, of course, who are not to be judged by the same stadnards).

Crawford Kilian

Sturgeon's Law rules the universe, alas.

Still, fooling around with computers has taught me that mistakes teach us more than successes, so I read bad blogs to try to find out what makes them that way. Of course I like good ones, just as a physician should enjoy examining someone in excellent health--as a reminder of what we're shooting for.

But the bad ones tell us where evil lurks in the hearts of bloggers.

Mel

CK: check link above. It's a new breed of Spam. Blogger Joi Ito had a problem with these as well - they use a generic comment that links to a commerical site. I'd remove it unless you want to advertise Asian online casinos.

Dominic Grima

"I guess it's clear that my own tastes don't run to introvert blogs, but this is not to dismiss them as somehow inferior to other genres. If anything, it reflects poorly on me that I feel so little sympathy with the publicly unhappy folks who write them."

Sounds very much like introvert blogging to me

Dominic Grima

"I guess it's clear that my own tastes don't run to introvert blogs, but this is not to dismiss them as somehow inferior to other genres. If anything, it reflects poorly on me that I feel so little sympathy with the publicly unhappy folks who write them."

Sounds very much like introvert blogging to me

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