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October 15, 2003

Will Linklogs Improve Signal-to-Noise?

It may be that I'm just busier. It may be that I'm just going through a lot of changes at the moment and the purpose of this blog isn't clear. (Vaughan, what number Standard Blogging Crisis is that?) But one thing is for certain, I'm posting a *hell* of a lot less to the main area of this blog these days.

The main reason is the grey box to the left of the homepage.

Quite often I've found interesting things online, and thought "ooooh, I'd better put that in the blog" as much for myself as for public consumption. But because it's in public view I've felt obliged to justify it in some way. And one thought leads to another, and I'm off in an essay.

The linklog frees me from that responsibility, and as a side-effect divorces me from the opportunity offered by those random connections.

So now, if I post something in this blog, I Have To Mean It.

I have to know what I'm going to say in advance.

This, for someone who thinks (in home-mode) by exploring these random links as I go, and is often as suprised as anyone that something of consequence comes out of it, may just be too much like hard work.

Or perhaps it's an opportunity?

Anyway, I have to wonder how this is going to affect the wider blogging community once they realise that all they have to do is #include another instance of MT.

Will the inane chatter so derided by blogging critics start to dry up? Will we finally be freed from the curse of the "Steve likes cheese. I like cheese too" post? Or will we go too far, leaving the world of blogging to become a drier, more boring, less intimate and personal space? Will it, and I'm not sure this is a sentence I'm comfortable with, become more like traditional media?

Posted by Tom Dolan at October 15, 2003 11:03 AM

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