The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 September 2003

And half a million of the other

Back in the Pleistocene era, when there was still fresh lint in Rebecca's pocket, there was a very distinct line between the online diarist and the blogger. Over the years, at least partly due to sloppy people like me, the line has been blurred somewhat. But there are still some distinctions, as Wendy at Pound observes:

Online diarists are the drama club at your high school. They feel that what they're doing is either art or therapy.


Webloggers, on the other hand, are the yearbook staff. They feel that what they're doing is really important and also might get them into a better college.

No wonder I have so much trouble finding a definition for myself: I couldn't get into either of those groups.

Posted at 4:48 PM | TrackBack

I'm with you. Whatever happened to just doing this for fun?

Posted by: Cam at 7:49 PM on 3 September 2003

Aren't you having fun? This is the one place on earth (if this can technically be called "on earth") where I can be myself and get only mild rebukes from the madding crowd.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:11 PM on 3 September 2003

It seems to me that there ought to be a place for the band in all of this. Perhaps anonymous exhibitionists?

Posted by: Punctilious at 9:06 PM on 3 September 2003

Well, I don't particularly think what I'm doing is important, and the last thing I need is to get into another college.

But somehow onlinediarySFERICS just doesn't have the same ring.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:37 PM on 3 September 2003

Man, did this person have me pegged. I was the editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook, a photographer for hs and college, and photo editor for my college yearbook.


Posted by: Fritz Schranck at 10:08 AM on 5 September 2003