Blogging Grab Bag

Here are some items related to blogging that have caught my interest lately…

TOP OF THIS LIST: Why Do We Blog? by Fred Paynter, IT Kitchen, Dec. 1. Excellent question! This article includes responses from three dozen bloggers. I’ll be adding my own response as soon as I figure out a better answer than “Because I simply cannot shut up.”

Read the rest of this list…

  1. Blogging Meets Organizational Design and Development, by John Husband, Wirearchy, Dec. 14. Simply brilliant, a must-read. Excerpt: “Blogging is an obvious way to address many leadership development issues as well as the fundamentals of an open, flexible, healthy workplace. How can it not be? …We’re told repeatedly that trust and relationship are touchstones of today’s transparency-age business and workplace environment. Guess what many blogs are good at? Yes, building trust and relationships. …Just how much control, other than through ideas, vision and values, can be exercised over employees, work groups and entire organizations when virtually all the workers are involved with their work via interlinked networks?”
  2. Weblogs and the Mass Amateurization of Publishing, a classic essay by Clay Shirky, Oct. 3, 2002. Excerpt: “…Weblogs mark a radical break. They are such an efficient tool for distributing the written word that they make publishing a financially worthless activity. …Mass amateurization is the web’s normal pattern. Travelocity doesn’t make everyone a travel agent. It undermines the value of being travel agent at all, by fixing the inefficiencies travel agents are paid to overcome one booking at a time. Weblogs fix the inefficiencies traditional publishers are paid to overcome one book at a time, and in a world where publishing is that efficient, it is no longer an activity worth paying for.”
  3. Mass amateurization, continued… Nearly a year after Shirky published that essay, Tom Coates of Plastic Bag added his thoughts in this Sept. 3, 2003 article. Excerpt: “It’s not just publishing or journalism that are going through a process of mass amateurisation at the moment. In fact over the last 15 years or so pretty much all media creation has started to be deprofessionalised.” If you really want some fun and have a little time to kill, explore the long list of links at the bottom of Coates’ article. (Thanks to Brian Lamb of Seblogging for this link.)
  4. Bucking the mass amateurization trend: On Dec. 15, the New York Times published this article: A New Forum (Blogging) Inspires the Old (Books), by Joshuan Kurlantzick. I didn’t catch this story when it was available free on the NYT site. (It’s since been relegated to the paid archives.) However, Blogsperiment commented on it. Excerpt from the NYT article via Blogsperiment: “Kate Lee, an assistant at International Creative Management talent agency in New York, has become a kind of one-woman blog boutique, surfing for the best writers online and suggesting they work with her to develop and sell a book….”
  5. Blogging: No grownups allowed! On Dec. 5, Will Richardson made a funny point in his Weblogg-ed entry Barriers to Entry He recounted some discussions he had with attendees of his recent presentation about how schools can implement weblogs, focusing on commonly cited barriers to entry. Excerpt: “Here is the real kicker. In both of the presentations I did this week, a woman raised her hand and said basically word for word the same thing: ‘When I told my daughter that I was going to a presentation on blogs, she said NO! You can’t do blogs in schools! Blogs are OURS!'”

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