The other problem with blogging is its immediacy. Yes, I know that this is supposed to be its great virtue. But it is really a curse. Iain Dale says that he updates his blog five times a day. Five times a day! That’s more like a psychological condition than citizen journalism. It’s really not possible to have five things that are worth saying every day.
Again, this is how the blog form actually shapes a lot of the content. The idea is to make as much of an impact as you can within the parameters of the hundred and fifty word post. Unlike newspapers, no one actually sits down and reads a blog, in the way they read a newspaper or a magazine. You can’t cuddle up with a computer – even a laptop. I don’t know how bloggers manage to preserve their eyesight sitting in front of the computer for that long. You have to hit and hit hard.
But there is a more serious issue. The form requires that sources and information comes largely from the blogosphere itself. This is because to promote the blog you need to link to as many other bloggers as possible. I’m useless at it as you can see. In fact I’m useless with the web full stop. Surreal things always seem to happen when I try to use it.
For example, Blogger has just told me that it is going to take my blog off the air because it thinks it is a spam blog. Something to do with repeating words and search engine optimisation. I had been doing this as part of my controlled experiment in blog-promotion. Of course I am not a spammer, I am a real person. Honest.
Blogger has a link to a form which you are supposed to fill in to plead your innocence. But when I hit that link it comes back to my own edit blog page. I’m sure there is a reason for this, but I can’t work it out. This means that I will be removed with extreme prejudice in twenty days time and there will be a warning plastered over this blog until I can prove I am innocent.
I’m contemplating a new form of it – slow blogging. These will be very very long pieces that need to be downloaded, taken away and read. But the trouble is finding the time…