What the hell is a weblog?You tell me.

When I was young, I used to jump on tables in public. I craved attention. I was shy, but given the right situation, I'd grab the opportunity to share my thoughts with anybody willing to hear. As I got older, I got more self concious. I lost that outlet.

Ever since my first homepage in early 95, I have exposed myself on line. My 'bio' at the time was lengthier and more revealing than most people's. I got tons of mail through it. Encouraging mail.

So I started keeping a journal and that was cathartic for a while, but when my relatives and colleagues became wired, I decided I didn't want them to know what strangers knew. Strange but true.

So I dropped the journal, except for the links and commentary that were always part of it. A log was born. Then it became a hype and because I can be utterly shallow and uninventive, I jumped on the bandwagon, moved domains and gave the small log at vonb.org room to breathe.

I'm glad I did, because for the first time in my wired life, I seemed to have become part of a (rich and varied) community.

To me my 'weblog' is an easier, safer way of exposing my personality to the world.

Other than that, it's just a fun thing to do. :-)



A weblog happens when you've got too much time on your hands and an opinion for any and every thing

rachel {moodmail@mood-indigo.net}

when i was younger, i wrote. i wrote on scraps of paper, stray grocery bags, notebooks of every size and shape. i wrote in ink, pencil, crayon, with ball points and with markers. i wrote because i was compelled to. i wrote because it was interesting, because it was fun. and on occasion, i'd write something really very good.

now, i blog. and i find it's for the same reasons. and with the same results.

keith {keith@keithbrown.com}


WTF stands for What's the Fuss, right? ;) Does a weblog have to be a series of links and some easily discernable journal content? Are people even easily discernable to begin with? Probably not. If a personal site represents you in a dynamic, pertinent way -- I'd like to think that should suffice. I know I don't like to be spoon-fed. Does anyone else? Remember when mystery and intrigue were sexy? And this is to say nothing of personal sovereignty. It's dangerous when people start trying to dictate what "qualifies" as personal expression.

Raza {rsyed@sas.upenn.edu}

a weblog is a continuously evolving character sketch of a person trying to share their point of view. the posts can be simple links-with-commentary, or they can be stories, confessions, or observations only occassionally punctuated by links. either way, the weblog falls right on the horizon between the internal self and the external world. we write weblogs because we believe that our daily perspective will affect another person's way of looking at that world. we read weblogs because each post points us in some direction and moves us one click deeper into the eyes, mind, and heart of the author.



My webloggy thing is what it is for two main reasons:

  1. so my Mom knows I'm okay even if I haven't called back all weekend
  2. so I can keep track of all the things I find where I'm like "hey, you need to see this..." only it's 4 am

It's like an annotated version of me. Heavily edited, of course.


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