RE: Blogs replace newsletters?

Subject: RE: Blogs replace newsletters?
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 15:44:30 -0400

Bill Swallow said...

> [snip]
> > Anyway, I think what Milan's original post probably more envisioned
> > something closer to the Roubini blog than the Light Reading blog,
and as
> > I have said I think that pretty much ceases being a blog and becomes
> > online newsletter, with the added feature of allowing interactive
> > discussion appended to each "feature" or article.
> But is this a bad thing, given that the whole point was to reshape the
> existing online newsletter?

IMO reshaping newsletters (printed or electronic) into a more
interactive form is neither good nor bad--many regulars of this list
have contributed thoughts on both side of that argument. My argument is
more basic: that when a "blog" tries to become too focused, too
topic-specific, and too organized, it really ceases behaving like the
free-form idealistic stream-of-consciousness online diary that I
associate with the term "blog" and they become instead more like
electronic columns or newsletters in their own right.

It's probably a semantic argument of connotative meaning vs. denotative
meaning. I always have and probably always will consider a "blog" to be
something informal and trivial with little structure and virtually no
limit on scope of content. Anything that tries to focus on something
tighter--whether it be global economic trends or the activities of a
chapter of a professional writer's organization--ceases to be a "blog"
to my mind and becomes a more structured organism like an electronic
newsletter or an online column. It just irks me a little to see the
term used that way, the same way it irks me to see people refer to an
SUV like a Ford Explorer or a Hummer as a "car" because I always think
of them as "trucks." ;-)

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