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Friday, June 22, 2007

THE MORTAL SIN of blogging

...is to blog about blogging.
What's My Blog Rated? From Mingle2 - Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
* dead (6x) * gay (3x) * death (1x)

There's a guy I know who was wondering about whether he should start a second blog, one for his librarian side and another for his more frivolous self; evidently, he went the dual route. He said the latter blog would be the one that he might show to a prospective employer. I noted that said prospective employer could easily find his other blog as well.

I've found articles that indicate that many blogs are temporarily or permanently abandoned. But I was curious how many folks have multiple blogs. I know Greg has his main site and his daughters' site. Some others as well. When I toyed with having my blog hosted with, as someone might say, the evil Hearst Times Union, the guy in charge of the blogs said I had two blogs in my blog, one with Lydia, and one with everything else; I disagree. For me, it's all one life continuum. Yet, Greg's division works for him, and me.

Or I always think I have the one blog. There's also the one where I post articles that interest me, but that's just to fuel the main blog; oh, the picture I posted there I did by following these directions. And I don't have time to do another real blog, though I contribute to my work blog. I had so much factoid stuff that I helped set up the New York State Data Center Affiliate blog. And I started the Friends of the Albany Public Library blog, but that's pretty topic-specific.

So, I only have the one blog. Or two. Or five. All active, i.e. updated within the last week.

Which reminds me of a reference question I had last month. The guy asked, among several other questions, how many blogs there would be in five years. How the heck would I know? I noted that, hey, maybe people will get off blogging by then. He wrote back and asked why I thought so:

"It's not that I have any special insight that blogs will go away. It's that by the time I embrace a technology, it's usually a sign that the technology is on its last legs. That's slightly cheeky, but not entirely. I'm not what you would call an early adopter, so I figure if *I* can do it, it's on its way out. Sort of how Marvel Comics came out with a character called the Disco Dazzler around 1980 (to their credit, they DID drop the Disco just before its release.)"

My mantra: when everyone else has moved onto podcasts and videocasts and whatever the next technological breakthrough will be, I'll probably be one of the dinosaurs still blogging.
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Alan David Doane is BACK! After poking his head out on Groundhog's Day, he started writing a bit in April and May, but in June, he's posted with a vengeance (sometimes literally). He even cited, ahem, me. Welcome back, ADD. Those 75 historic e-mails were kind of interesting - except for the weird one about time zones - but I'm glad they've stopped.
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Oh, and I seemed to have inspired Mr. Hembeck, who, in his June 20 post managed to evoke Brian Wilson and a fairly obscure former member of the New York Mets. It even makes sense, in that Hembeckian sort of way. Here's Fred's rating:
What's My Blog Rated? From Mingle2 - Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

No bad words were found.

ROG

9 comments:

ADD said...

Thanks, Roger!

LOVE AND IMMIGRATION CRIER said...

Nice concept

Gordon said...

So, in other words, if I want to make my blog a PG rated from a G rated, I should mention "death" numerous times?

Roger Green said...

Gordon- apparently. I redid mine, BTW, this morning, after Lefty's experience was different from mine (I have him as a G, he has him as a PG). Now mine's an R:
"This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
dead (7x) gay (4x) death (2x) breast (1x)"

Greg said...

Yeah, mine's an "R". I know, shocking.

Edwin Oliver said...

In re: metablogging (blogging about blogging), here is a thoughtful "Blogging ethics" blurb from Rebecca Blood: http://www.rebeccablood.net/handbook/excerpts/weblog_ethics.html

GayProf said...

My blog is NC-17. I am not sure that I am thrilled with "gay" bumping blogs into the restricted zone.

Annnyway, I can barely keep up with one blog. I can't imagine trying to start another.

Anthony said...

I have a couple of blogs, one being more personal and the other professional in orientation. The personal one has a kind of theological bent as that is how I tend to process and make sense of the world. The professional one I started to encourage myself to reflect on my classroom experience as a college composition instructor, however, I am trying to open it up to address anything related to rhetoric, and communication as well.

I agree with you that "it is all one life continuum" but we do have the capacity to categorize the world around us based upon what ever criteria and purposes, and I find that I meet two different purposes within my (one) self by having these two blogs.

As you know, my personal blog got an R rating, but I have to question the algorithm by which this site makes it assessment. Not that I mind my rating, as I kind of like being edgy. But, when it puts you in the R category because your blog has the words "death" or "gay", you gotta question its criteria or value system. To be fair to the site, however, I have been know to allow swearing on my blog upon rare occasion.

IQN said...

Not happy with the rating of your LGBT-oriented blog? Head over to IQN and give your response - Does 'Blog Rater' carry built-in anti-gay bias?