The tao of blogging

It seems sooner or later every blogger is bound to write a post about weblogging or to be more precise, “What We Blog About When We Blog About Blogs”:, “Why I Blog”: and “what’s the point of blogging?”:

Most people find the idea of a “weblog”: bewildering. For those, there are “many”:,10627,744914,00.html “explanations”: It takes work, time and effort, and in the end whats it for? Besides an elite few, a blogger is not going to make money of his weblog. There is most likely never going to be a large enough number of readers to provide a ego boost. But both these questions miss the larger issue, which is “much better explained over at”: “So why blog?”: I wrote earlier on “my reasons for starting a blog”:, and while in itself they are reason enough to do so, “intentions evolve”: and so has this blog with it. Originally, this place was meant to be a storehouse of the best of the internet as I came across it, a sort of backup memory till such time as we can get “AI implants with massive storage”: Then, it started to grow, all by itself, and without noticing I found myself actually writing. I have written much over the years, and it all remains locked up on paper, which is probably where it belongs anyways.

A weblog is an extremely interesting phenomenon. It can be viewed as an “essentially egotist activity”:, building emphereal houses in cyberspace. It can be argued that weblogs, unlike real houses, don’t provide any of the many utilities/advantages of a real house to their owners, which makes weblogs useless. There are many other reasons not to blog “over here”:, ironically posted on the web using blogging software. Blogging has “risks and benefits”:, but unlike other real-life events a weblog is usually in full control of the author, and they have only themselves to blame for possible bad events. For some, “a weblog can lead to great things”: for some people. In America, “blogs are shaping the political landscape”: The world of journalism and media in the US is learning to keep an eye on the many political blogs, for they pounce on any media bias and error. “Journalism itself is changing”:, “possibly for the better”: The “American media”: is like a massive elephant, which takes time to change tracks and the better news and political weblogs are consistently months ahead.

Salam Pax, the famous “Baghdad blogger”:,13814,1018987,00.html changed many people’s perception of Iraq and the war. More “Iraqi’s”: are “starting to blog”: and changing people’s perception of Iraq.

These people have stories to tell, but what about the tens of thousands of other bloggers? “Writing for the living web”: is not easy, and most people fall by the wayside. The web is littered with dead blogs, “most little seen and quickly abandoned”:, but “more are created every day”: The only thing for certain is that “weblogs have a future”:

As technology evolves, so do people. The horseless carriage was limited to the rich till Henry Ford made mass production affordable, and the whole world jumped into the automobile. Weblogging, or to be more accurate, self publishing tools are becoming increasingly easy to use. All the buzz words in the world mean nothing in front of that. Most people have no idea how to set the clock on their vcr, but everyone has one. When blogging becomes that easy, a large fraction of the world’s internet users are going to have one sooner or later. While they might not draw large audiences, even a audience of one is a lot more than none at all. That begs the question whether bloggers are looking for a audience in the first place… while many are, many aren’t and there are arguments for either side. Some blogs end up existing more for their readers than the blogger, which can make the process of blogging a burden. As with everything else, there’s a whole spectrum, with different blogs occupying different areas, virtual worlds defined by words, with the blogger free to move his blog into whatever domain desired. Online communites have existed since the first days of the internet, and the personal blog greatly enhances the formation of closer knit communities.

h4. More from Elsewhere:

bq.. It is becoming obvious that no one really understands weblogs.

[…]A weblog is something fundamentally new. Something no one can quite put their finger on, not yet. And those who try to define the phenomenon in terms of current institutions are completely missing the point.

>> “Guardian: The revolution should not be eulogised”:,14024,1108306,00.html

p. Hold the presses! The “best post on weblogging”: I’ve come across. After this, most of the other punditry about blogging is just so much dust. I would quote, but it defies quoting… read the whole thing.


5 thoughts on “The tao of blogging”

  1. One thing about Blogging that is not usually stated. It is seen as an alternative in places or situations where people can not speak openly. For example a very large number of bloggers is from the homosexual community. Also Iran has a large community of bloggers who say what they want on their blogs. This trend is going to act like one of the major ground for ‘change’ in the future. They will have the same push for liberalization, modernization and development on people that was previously done by the bazaars and the universtities in the past.

  2. Iran has or will soon have the largest number of bloggers in the world, and the major reason is becasue their means of expressions are so limited. Technology has been making the earth smaller, and with blogs it sometimes can really feel like a global village. 40 years ago TV was the best way to see and learn about other cultures, now the internet is replacing/supplanting it.

  3. But you probably missed another seemingly interesting fact: women/ladies/girls blog more than men. or do they? Now if my assumption is right, then you have every reasons to blame their being too-talkative. 🙂

  4. Ejaz, I wouldn’t be too sure about whether there are more female bloggers than male, but I wouldn’t it be suprised if that were so. Jalal, about to start blogging again…

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