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obligatory meta-comment on the medium - Nathan
September 25th, 2003
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obligatory meta-comment on the medium
The presumption of the blogger is that anyone else is interested.

Is this sin of pride forgivable?

I don't know.

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From:blk
Date:September 25th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC)

Yet...

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does it need to be?
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From:jazzfish
Date:September 25th, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Once upon a time, LJ sold shirts with the slogan "Because you like to think someone cares."



The presumption of pretty much any artist is that anyone else might be interested. Whether this is relevant depends on whether you think blogs are art.

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From:bluepapercup
Date:September 25th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Who cares?

;)
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From:swiftangel
Date:September 25th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Well... I'm interested in other blogs, so I guess I made the assumption that others would be interested in mine. I'm not sure if that was pride, or some deep-seeded thought that I would be vain to think I was somehow special, but if I feel a certain way about something I figure it's probably the way the general populace feels about it too. :)
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From:alphacygni
Date:September 25th, 2003 06:24 pm (UTC)
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This would be why I can't bring myself to post in mine more than once in a blue moon.

And yet, I don't think anything negative about other people's blogs, and I enjoy being able to keep up with what people are doing because of them. Sometimes I skim over boring bits, but they don't know I'm doing it, no one is harmed, and even Judith Martin is probably happy.

And yet I'm convinced that some faceless looming chorus will see me blogging, and mutter, "Who does she think she is? What a brat." I'll perhaps get around to fighting this paranoia sometime after I fight the three or four other paranoias that are higher on the priority list.

In other meta news, livejournal's built-in spellchecker does not recognize the word "blogging".
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From:exponentialdk
Date:September 26th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)
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In other meta news, livejournal's built-in spellchecker does not recognize the word "blogging".

Nor does it recognize "LJ".

As for the original question, when you post things in your live journal, you either post them primarily for yourself (no presumption) or primarily for others. In the latter case, it's like posting an article on your office door: it doesn't matter if anyone else cares. You care that they read it. That's enough, though your effort is wasted if nobody else reads it (whether or not they care :).

I like the LJ concept much better than the typical web log, on the grounds that anyone who has listed you as a friend has endorsed your journal. Not endorsed as in "this is good and everyone should read it," but "this is at least worth the disk blocks it's printed on."

On a related note, I suspect it is common to worry about one's journal when postings get no comments. But some of them stand just fine without comment, and some topics have no interest for some subscribers/friends/readers.
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From:blk
Date:September 26th, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
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Actually, the blogger does not need anybody to read if they aren't interested. This, I believe, is the point behind friends lists and keeping all of your posts on one page.

Now, people who send their day narrations to a mailing list that goes to people's inboxes, or to random friends; I think they presume the other is interested more than the blogger.
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From:arcticturtle
Date:April 9th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
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You can pretend that you're writing it for yourself but you're relaxed enough that you don't mind other people reading if curiousity strikes them.
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