May 23, 2000
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Discussion: I'm a blogger, he's a blogger, she's a blogger...
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posted by baylink (25 comments total)
I'm curious.

I know that some of the people who post stories (as opposed to comments) to MetaFilter are bloggers. I suspect some of them are and I just don't know it. There are probably some who don't blog at all.

If you do have your own weblog, how do you decide what to post there and what to post here? Do you post some stories both places?

If you only blog here... why? ;-)

(This properly belongs on Meta, but I'm not entirely sure Matt's done bonking on it yet, and besides, the non-blogger crowd may not have even found it yet, and I'd like to hear their observations, too...)
posted by baylink at 3:27 PM on May 23, 2000

I have my own weblog. I've noticed that I don't tend to post things here as much as I'd like, or perhaps should. I come by now and then thinking, "this time I'll..." but I tend to either lurk or surf on without really posting much here.

IF I had a thought and wanted more immediate feedback, I'd put it here, because I don't know how to make my blog more interactive and immediate. In fact, if could find a way for any bloggist to convert their blog into something more like metafilter, that would rock. Where people could post immediate responses to someone's blog entries.

I post thoughts about music at my ZachsView blog. I post random thoughts and absurd attempts at being mental on my ZachsMind blog. No real rhyme or reason to it. I think I come to MetaFilter when I feel like reading what a lot of other people have to say. It's like hitting several blogs simultaneously, because there's so many minds here.

posted by ZachsMind at 3:49 PM on May 23, 2000

I actually have a blog and dont use it...kinda like my website hehehe...Not to dis any bloggers but it seems like blogger technology is being utilized incorrectly. It seems like to me a blog=equals many useless references to many various sites. Not that there aren't good blogs but it seems like everyone is emulating everyone else and its all outta control now. I abandonded blogger.
I do about 4 hours company time surfing everyday some work related some not. When I get home I spend about 2 hours surfing also. I come across many sites and probably could blog the hell out of alot of people but it seems better to post things here. Then I get here and I really dont post here either. Recently I have been coming out of my shell and letting my thoughts heard. Metafilter seems much better for the simple reason that it is a community I could post a link or point out a story and get actual opinions from to everyone or rather those who chose to post.
posted by neo452 at 4:02 PM on May 23, 2000

I think weblogs are uniformly dreadful and mindnumbingly dull.

Metafilter is the only thing out there that's doing something unique and interesting with the format.

Hence, I belong and post. Because it's all about supporting the stuff that works.
posted by gsh at 4:07 PM on May 23, 2000


1) Because I don't have a weblog

B) I enjoy busting your chops, Jay! :0)
posted by EricBrooksDotCom at 4:07 PM on May 23, 2000

Those were the answers...
here are the questions I quoted them with <>...duh!!!!

-Do you have a weblog?

-Why do you blog here?
posted by EricBrooksDotCom at 4:11 PM on May 23, 2000

Shouldn't this be in Metatalk?
posted by corpse at 4:20 PM on May 23, 2000

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!! I'm gonna die laughing! Thanks for that link Eric. That page is great!!!
posted by FAB4GIRL at 4:25 PM on May 23, 2000

I've only posted one link here, so I'm certainly not an expert at this. I posted that link here because, frankly, lots more people will see it here than on my blog [especially right now, since my DSL is down AGAIN], and I wanted to see what other people thought of the article. If I had posted it on my site, there wouldn't be much chance for commentary and discussion.

Not that it generated much anyway ;)

posted by katchomko at 6:02 PM on May 23, 2000

I have a weblog. mostly I post items to my site, but if something seems to lend itself to discussion, I post it here.

on the other hand, I'm constantly linking to discussions at metafilter on my website.


ps gsh--I know of numerous websites that are anything but mindnumbingly dull. email me if you're interested, and I'll send you some URLs.
posted by rebeccablood at 6:46 PM on May 23, 2000

I just recently started a blog of my own, mostly because of MeFi, yet I'm still terribly active here.

Although the issue of a definition of blog doesn't really suit my site, with the exception of using blogger.

I post items here (rarely) because they're things that I've stumbled across and want to create discussion around. I guess the reason I'd post a link here, rather than on my site, is to get a different view on things then where I found the link (ie the Microsoft vs. Slashdot bit).

The MeFi community is a very interesting blend of hardcore geeks, web design geeks, and the occasional non-geek. (Believe me, 'geek' is a compliment in my world, but there's nothing wrong with not being a geek. :-)

The blend of different people, different tastes and different outlooks is one that's hard to get, especially considering most of my community-type sites have been geek-oriented (slashdot, kuro5hin, and technocrat are among the more-often visited of my bookmarks).

I GREATLY enjoy the discussion aspect of MeFi also. A lot of the people are like-minded, and those that aren't (read: the wrong ones. :-) are at the very least intelligent, well-spoken and interesting.

(with, as always, the exception of the occasional troll)

I really don't think there's anyone here I've really disagreed with though, which is why I think so many MeFi regulars really enjoy MeFi. (I feel like I'm bastardizing metafilter ala sci-fi, but I'm a lazy typist anyway :-)

Um. To specifically answer how I choose things to post to MeFi rather than my blog (which I think I've danced around a bit :-)... things which I myself find interesting, or amusing, or topical for the 10 seconds or so any thought remains in my head, I plan on putting in my blog; so far it's been in mini-rants. Despite them being dead, they're still one of my favorite forms of outputting thought. :-)

Things I find relevant to the world at large, or at the very least to the world wide web, I'll post here. But especially things that will probably raise a good conversation.

And hell, I've even learned a thing or 10 by reading and commenting semi-regularily at metafilter, and that alone is more than enough reason for me.

(normally something this long and uninteresting would be reserved for my blog, but someone asked... )
posted by cCranium at 6:52 PM on May 23, 2000

Good question. For me, it's a simple test. Most of the time, I'll throw just about everything up on my own blog. But I've got a relatively small core of insane and horribly demented readers. So if I have a nugget and want to immediately broadcast to a large and sophisticated audience, I’ll post it on MetaFilter.
posted by mikewas at 8:01 PM on May 23, 2000

I don't consider my site a "blog", really. Just because I update it several times weekly, it doesn't make it a weblog. I generally don't post a lot of links to external sites. My site is a commentary site, mostly.

I prefer to use MetaFilter, or more often, memepool for my actual "blogging". Depends on the mood I'm in.

I'm starting to get the impression that "weblogs" can't really be categorised very well.
posted by Succa at 8:24 PM on May 23, 2000

Still should have posted this to MetaTalk. Even if you are a traffic hungry I.T. phreak. :)~
posted by Jeremy at 8:24 PM on May 23, 2000

Those who keep reminding me I should have posted it to MetaTalk are invited to read the part where I said "This should properly be on MetaTalk..." ;-)

Putting it here, though, has had the effect I intended.

Anyone who has a *real* problem is invited to post to that effect... on MetaTalk.

Very interesting replies... I put mine off for a while to see what I'd get. Most of them agree pretty much with mine. I write my log for *me* (though it's nice to know that people read it). If I'm posting it for other people, I post it here; there are more 'other people' here.
posted by baylink at 8:44 PM on May 23, 2000

If everyone starts posting here instead of their blogs, this place is going to implode.
posted by Calebos at 9:30 PM on May 23, 2000

I was in the process of setting up a blog, then came across MeFi which encourages discussion (and has hundreds of members) so put my project on hold.
I still intend to set something up, probably giving access to a group of friends scattered across the country (gang blogging?), but entries on here reach a wide (and *mostly* intelligent) audience, with a wide range of views. Besides, whatever I set up now, I'll constantly be comparing it to MeFi and it just wont measure up.
BTW, shouldn't this be on Metatalk? ;-P
posted by Markb at 5:32 AM on May 24, 2000

"mindnumbingly dull" how does one get on this list?

i use blogger because i find it useful and i like it.

why all the fuss? is there supposed to be a correct way or keep a log? is there a correct way to "use" the internet?

just like the (please excuse the term) rednecks that live in the wonderful town of washington north carolina like to customize their pickups by caking it with mud and throwing beer cans in the trucks bed - i moan and groan online at my site and just happen to use blogger.

maybe it's the Ultram (my new friend) speaking but i live bloggerize sites -
posted by macewan at 6:25 AM on May 24, 2000

Well, to be honest, you'd all freak out if I started posting stuff to Metafilter that I blog about. I just respond to other people's posts, mainly. Tis enough. My own essential madness gets posted to my blog.
posted by Ezrael at 7:42 AM on May 24, 2000

Of course I have my own blog (in case anyone didn't know), but I come here for the mix of people and the discussions. I do find that MetaFilter draws its population more from the weblog community than any of the other sites, which means there's a higher non-geek demographic. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends are non-geeks. Did you ever hear the one about the Russian, the Frenchman, and the non-geek?

I very occasionally post a story here instead of my weblog just because of fit issues. I mean, "what I surfed and pondered today" is pretty broad, but that doesn't mean that the audience I perceive as my readers is uniformly interested in everything I come across. Also, I find myself doing follow-ups here that include as much research surfing and linking as a post to my own blog! I see it as a public service.

Clearly also MeFi is the place to go if you want something publicized quickly rather than waiting for the weblog community to blog it in aggregate.
posted by dhartung at 8:01 AM on May 24, 2000

I have two blogs, but they're both topically focused. One (m3) is focused on what has become known as "blog-blogging" (more specifically blog-blog-blogging, although I frequently slip a level), and one ( that is a sort of self-stalking site, blogging things that I've written on other sites (plus other "stuff about me"). If I have something that's more general interest (ie it's not about weblog-logging or me), then I will either post it here or on one of the bulletin board sites I frequent, depending on the subject matter... and then I can a link to here from whichever of my blogs is most appropriate... because it's all about driving the traffic to Matt.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 8:52 AM on May 24, 2000

For me, it's a simple choice. If I want to see some discussion of a topic, I'll post it to MeFi. If I'm not that interested in discussion, or I want to write a longer bit than I'm comfortable with here, I'll post it to my own site. I think once, I posted a short comment here to encourage discussion, and then wrote a longer commentary for my own weblog.
posted by harmful at 1:35 PM on May 24, 2000

I'm pretty sure I don't have a blog, cause I get all my links from here anyway.
posted by smeat at 2:00 PM on May 24, 2000

Oh, and BTW, Markb?

Bugger off. :-)
posted by baylink at 5:38 PM on May 24, 2000

Do I have to bugger off, too? This whole Markb/MarkB thing is confusion! :)
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