December 4, 2005

To blog, perhaps to blathe

I see that a few industry folk have started blogs fairly recently, while others may have had them for years. Then I saw Kim's cre8 thread When Did Blogs Sell Their Souls to the Devil? (which links back to her blog post of the same title) which takes umbrage at pontifications upon why a blog should exist and what it should contain.

* to blathe: from the film The Princess Bride, a mis-hearing of the words "true love". You had to be there.

I've always looked at blogs as convenient CMS-based websites with built-in RSS feeds, but then, that pragmatic techie view misses the heart of why one would blog in the first place.

I started developedtraffic.com because, among other things, I needed to express things that were better done here than in forums and didn't fit into the articles I write on DianeV.com, and because in the end I'd have something lasting with which I could do as I wished. For instance, I spent dozens of hours not only designing part of the look of the cre8 directory (a labor of love of a then-moderator, Stock) which design got carried over to the cre8 forums, but pouring into it some of my most useful link references. Unfortunately, the directory seems to be missing in action. Adios, reference links!

My point is my personal look at the Web. At its most basic, the Web is a huge communications system that, yes, affords us immense marketing opportunities. It also is a near-endless source of entertainment, friends — and education. I got on the Web in 1996 and started my "web design career" in 1997 at my admittedly-large oval cherrywood dining room table; I knew precisely one person who knew anything about the Internet, and I turned to the Web for information (hey, I knew about Tucows.com). I don't know that I could have taken my company as far as I have, or as fast, without access to the information that people have so generously shared.

And so I do the same: share information. I put here my thoughts regarding my corner of the Web industry, along with techie tidbits that could help others solve problems. And I use it as a repository for useful information that I don't feel like inputting into my personal intranet.

I have not wanted to list every latest happening because I haven't the time nor the inclination to be the New York Times of the Web industry, and others are doing that well enough anyway. In fact, I've not wanted to focus on any one facet of the industry, simply because my interests are varied, as is what I do for a living, and so we jump from server technology to whatever. If you've ever talked to me, you've discovered within minutes that (a) to call me "chatty" doesn't nearly do it justice, and (b) I can veer widely off a subject without warning. Which is why I have other blogs. LOL

I'm not trying to be the Most Important Person on the Web. And I suppose my writing tends to be a bit formal (stuffy?) — mainly I'm trying to write in proper English, first because I'm a writer, and secondly because I have no idea where anyone who reads it may be from, and I don't want to rely on anyone's knowledge of slang, idioms and current shared memes to get my point across. But, at the most basic, I'm just a person chatting about stuff that matters to me. Whether it matters to anyone else is left to … anyone else.

I like to see other people do well. In that, I'm fairly laissez-faire, particularly with artists and people striving to do anything at all. And I don't think it's helpful to dictate how and why they should do things. Yes, within the industry, there are standards, but that's not what I'm talking about. It's better illuminated by this: Richard Gere in his The Actor's Studio interview related an important tip he'd gotten from a movie director. Paraphrased:

"Never tell an actor what to do in a scene, because you will never get anything else."

'Nuff said. ;)

3 Comments to "To blog, perhaps to blathe"

  1. Barry Welford says:

    I think your words, Diane, reflect exactly the way many of us do our blogging. Most of us don't have the time to be a news service, even if we wanted to. However each of us sees the world from our own point of view. No two views are exactly the same. So if you feel your view hasn't been represented on the Web, then why not set out what you think. Even if you find someone saying almost exactly what you're thinking, it can be helpful pointing to that and giving your own take on what has been said. That may well mean that others as they wander around (skimming their RSS newsfeeds) will stumble on this 'new truth'.

    That's how I found this. Good stuff. :)

  2. Nicolette says:

    Diane,

    I like your sense of humor. I read "to blathe" and snickered. It's been years since I watched the "Princess Bride" but I still walk around muttering
    these words when there's romance in the air. I thought Billy Crystal said "twoo blathe." Thanks for the clarification.

    Nicolette (fellow HR forum reader)

  3. DianeV says:

    You may be right, Nicolette; "twoo" blathe. Maybe it's my mishearing, now. :)

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