The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 June 2004

Quasiprotometabloggery

Blogging is motivated by a "narcissistic impulse," says Musickna at Heronwater, which ultimately manages to justify itself:

[P]erhaps that is reason to go public. Mirror gazing is lonely by nature. To be acknowledged, even negatively, is to break out. But I realise that this is not really what I want. What I want is to establish a record of my thoughts from time to time, and by writing here I develop a conceit that I am somehow more important here than I would be simply writing into a private journal.

This is a conceit that thus far has managed to elude me, and possibly some others: despite, say, BlogStreet's assurance that my own little Box O'Brouhaha is somewhere around the 454th most influential, it's a rare raindrop indeed who feels any responsibility for the flood.

Besides, blogdom suffers from cookie-cutter syndrome:

Most writings I read in blogs are striking in their sameness. There is very little originality, certainly in blogs emanating from comfortable middle-class Western homes (where most computers are to be found), regardless of the age, occupation or political persuasion of the writer.

I defy anyone to find any originality on this site.

Posted at 10:48 AM to Blogorrhea


As a new blogger I have found no two sites the same. While similar topics might be discussed, opinions and perspectives vary. Originality comes from one adding their very own thoughts and experiences. I think one would have to examine why they blog. I'm sure it is different for each blogger. For me I like the discussion. Comments then become an essential component. Even if another comment is never made, you know that someone has read your written thoughts and has left your site in contemplation.

Posted by: Babs at 12:25 PM on 25 June 2004

I agree with Babs and also question the sameness contention. In fact, I have to wonder if Musickna has read many blogs at all. With repect to blogging being a "narcissistic impulse," I think Musickna has been "psychobabblistically inculcated."

Posted by: Interested-Participant at 2:06 PM on 25 June 2004

I agree with Babs and IP. But in my own unique way.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:15 PM on 25 June 2004