Incestuosness of blogging

1. The unbereable incestuosness of blogging: “The other people who have blogs…read your blog, and if they like it they blog your blog on their own blog.”

  • The nominal purpose of weblogs is to point out links of interest that you, the reader, would not have run across yourself. A variant is the diaristic or daily-journal weblog.
  • This practice, however, defeats the original purpose of link-based weblogging-to find fresh new items online (…) Counterblogging fails the test of novelty two ways: the links aren’t fresh (they’ve been traded back and forth like saliva in a kiss) and no new events from bloggers’ real lives are depicted.

[Joe Clark (2002), We’ve got blog, 2002: 57]



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