Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Confusion, More than Normal

Am I missing something?

In the world of Blogging, am I seriously missing something?

Let me back up, kind of half-assed start from the beginning. I go to a small school, and, because I had a small crush (this was before I found out that he'd slammed a door, however accidentally, in my best friend's face and is probably just a general asshat) on this guy who played soccer. And, upon further slight investigation (which isn't as sketchy as it sounds because you can honestly run a search on almost anything) found his blog. Which, I've linked to down below and on the side as the ones that I'm watching/whatever creative name that I've come up for that section.

Now, I don't know whether it's me or not, but there seems to be a big honkin' difference between what he and I consider good blogs, and how to keep one. I understand that aesthetic types of things are in the eye of the beholder, but I'm not talking layout here, people. I'm talking content. Which, again, is probably in the eye of the beholder, but....am I seriously missing something? Should I be adding more rap videos to the front page of my low-key, neutral tone-colored blog? Should I be doing more one-liners (honestly, I swore that's what I had Twitter for) and more party playlists?

Or are we just two individuals with two very different blogging styles and I need to not try to analyze this more than I already have? I'm leaning toward this, but I'm not quite all the way there yet because I'm still a little confused.

As I have pointed out before (somewhere in the vast expanses of time and space) you can find me in my blog. You can also find newsbits and other interesting things that I thought were fascinating and would readily pass on, but I usually give you a tidbit or two about why I'm passing them on. I don't just simply throw things up under broad labels like cool, hip and new. I guess it's cool if you slap things up with broad labels and headings, and say, Yeah man, a lot, but the question begs to be asked, Are you writing a blog or keeping a website for somebody else's benefit with you as the middleman?

And where, oh where, is that fine line in between?

See, I have no issue with something like BlogNosh. That's a blog that compiles from other blogs and has channel editors and a whole host of intrinsic workings and such. The reason that I'm completely fine with that (and I should be, as I applied to be a channel editor recently) is that they are upfront about the objectives and focus (no capitalization) of the blog, and what they want to accomplish in the social media niche that is internet blogging.

The guy that I go to school with? Not so much. Which brings me back to something that I've said before - if it's your personal blog, make it personal. It's you, it's not anybody else. Yes, go right ahead and have guest posts and link to other things, but at the same time that you do this, you do it because you like it, and you want to share something similar and what you've found is better than you trying to hash it all out in RTE. If it's a collaboration - don't be a jackass. Give it a collaborative title, and give credit where credit is due. Always give credit where credit is due.

Now, if you excuse me, I'm going to get down off my soap box, stuff it in my closet, and take a nap.

1 comment:

Velveteen Mind Megan said...

It's worth pointing out that Blog Nosh Magazine is a magazine. There is no "I" behind it. In fact, the vast majority of our audience does not know who the founder is. We like it that way.

We also encourage our editors to accept submissions that they might not agree with but feel are worthy of conversation. We really like it that way.

Velveteen Mind is where the "me" resides. Blog Nosh Magazine is a magazine spotlighting submitted articles by authors who have previously published the personal on their own personal blogs but may not have found their audience, yet.

I can't find the link to this guy's blog, but I thought I'd throw that out there for clarification. Also, if we accept your application, you'll have to get really good at explaining what it is that we do! ;)

"The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn't."

-Joseph L. Mankiewicz