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Monday, March 08, 2004



I enjoyed your blogging literacy autobiography--it's nice to hear someone's story about how they ame to the technology. I think your readers become more invested that way.
Also, your active/passive discussion echoes the essay "Homepages, Blogs and the Chronotopic Dimensions of Personal Civic (Dis-)Engagement" I recently read in _Rhetorical Democracy_.

Mark Boudreau

You hit the nail right on the head. Not only are blogs easier to do then static websites, they are more addictive. Since I started The Rock and Roll Report (www.rockandrollreport.com) I have been having so much fun focusing on the creative aspect of writing that when a techical issue comes up I am not as afraid to deal with it as I know for the most part it will not affect my blog in a way that say, screwing up an FTP upload to a server would. On top of that, there are so many things that the blog format will encompass in the future like audioblogging and video blogging that anybody, anywhere can truly unleash their creative side and really broadcast to the world. Also, and this is perhaps the most important part for a majority of the bloggers out there, it's a lot of fun.

RP WebDeveloper

I'm responsible for our Intranet at a large school district in Phoenix and I enjoyed reading about your computer > Internet > website > blogging experiences! I'm marking your page as a favorite because I also look forward to more about your blogs.

Would you please explain what you mean by RSS feed? I still don't understand the difference between a blog and using an ISP's application to easily create a website. What makes a blog dynamic?

I'm quite familiar with various applications, ISP applications online as well as purchased programs like Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive, BBEdit, that easily allow someone to create a website without knowing any html. But in my experience, it takes scripting or a database to create a website that is what I think of as "dynamic" - web pages that are actually created at the moment for each user based on where they clicked just before . . .

Wayne Hurlbert

That's a great story. You express very well the power and immediacy of blogging. You are correct. A blog with an RSS feed is truly alive. It pushes the information out, while the blog also pulls the readers in. Some people have said a blog can't be both a push and a pull medium. I disagree. I look forward to more of your blogs.

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