Both Jeneane (Sessum) and Dave (Rogers) are cooking up a storm at the Kitchen:
I miss the default of openness, the wonder in communicating across what were once insurmountable geographical and cultural boundaries, the honesty that crossed gender lines, the newness and acceptance of voices that were at first shy and then suddenly so strong. We watched one another transform and be transformed.
All of these qualities of early weblogging were enabled by one simple and widely embraced fact:
We were amateurs.
Weblogs started out as just sort of a way of sharing the fun of a new technology. People would point to (draw attention to) things that interested them on the web, or they would share their opinions on news and issues of the day, and for the most part, it was fun. But it didnâ€™t take long for human nature to begin to manifest itself in weblogs too. Pretty soon we were paying attention to how much attention we got, so we had page counters and referrer logs. Then we started ranking the weblogs to see who got the most attention. Inevitably, some people didnâ€™t like the people who got the most attention and squabbles broke out. They still do.
As long as the competition was between a large group of people who were technologically literate and perhaps socially challenged, weblogging and the competition for rank in the pecking order wasnâ€™t a big deal. But that competition has broken out, as it inevitably would, and now involves the largest, most powerful conventional authorities; and things are about to get very interesting.
Good cooks providing much to chew on, as has the previous contributors, who you should check out as soon as I figure out why the archives aren’t working correctly for October.
I’ve also had some concerns expressed about dragging politics into the clinic with the two new topical questions, but I think the impact of politics on weblogs, and vice versa, can’t be ignored. However, perhaps the best course should have been to stay fixed on the original plan and just weathered it through.
All I can say in retrospect, and po’me excuse is that I’m new at this sort of thing and am doing the best I can.