It has been enjoyable reading up on everyone’s blog posts. I agreed with some and disagreed with others. It was encouraging to know that some of you related to my financial/link illustration because I was beginning to think it was a long shot. I thought that the texts we were instructed to read were a good mix of different ideas of what a blog really is. I still agree with my own ideas of what a blog is from my post What Makes a Blog a Blog. By the same token, looking at other blogger’s opinions on what makes a blog a blog helped me formulate new ideas as well as revamping some of my own ideas.
On Jane’s Post, My understanding of a blog she mentioned that:
What A blog consists of posts made by the blog creator, aka blogger, containing personal remarks about various topics. The posts may persuade readers to think the same as the blogger, entertain the readers with comical anecdotes of day-to-day life, give factual information about a topic, or connect readers to similar information found elsewhere on the Web.
I think one of the most interesting elements of this post was that questions have been raised about whether the reader should be concerned with the blogger being “fake” in their blog posts. I myself have been putting a huge weight on trying to be very “real” on my blog. Personally, I try to be very “real” with my bloggers. However, what if I didn’t want to be real with my readers? What if I wanted to be my own fictional character?I think that would be an interesting angle as well. I thought it was funny that Jane quipped “a blog isn’t a dating site”. This is very true. Who cares if you’re real of fake? I think that is completely up to the blogger. The reader will only know what the blogger puts out there. They may be able to get a certain “image” or “understanding” of the blogger’s personality but this may be fictional. And that’s okay.
In Eric’s blog post he talked about Himmer’s opinion of what a blog is. One page 1 Himmer mentioned that,
The weblog collapses many of the common assumptions made about texts, as it
complicates the distinction between author and audience through the multivocality of both direct commenting, and the reader’s ability to reorder the narrative in myriad ways. Owing to its ongoing creation over an undefined period of time, the weblog becomes a text that constantly expands through the input of both readers and writers.
I think that’s Himmer’s description is very accurate and one of the best descriptions of what a blog is. I don’t necessarily agree that the reader will see who the author is as a person though. I read a text last semester called “Death of the Author” and it was about how good writing has authors that are “dead”. If a text becomes too intertwined with the authors it might change the audience’s opinion on the piece. I think that with personal blogs it’s a good idea to include your own opinions but with other blogs it might be best to steer clear of them.