Blogosphere-HUNH! Y’all! What’s It Good For?

Was thinking about Imonk’s ruminations on what he wants to see in the blogosphere. I empathized some, and disagreed a bit, as well. For one thing, blogosphere as media functions in more than one area; although we all demand entertainment in some way or another.

I think some of the realities that have confined bloggers range from “doocing” to the difficulty of being open and truthful about people and their problems and the privacy needed to build trust with them. I could foresee real issues arising for someone who was trying to build a ministry and reporting on all the interesting characters and anecdotal happenings involving those who are trusting that their welfare is all that is at stake. Suddenly, they and their lives are fodder for the education and entertainment of a “public”. I think this is why most books are written published after the fact…. after the person has moved on from that ministry or phase of life.

I know it constrains me. I started writing about my dying father back in the day when I first began blogging (sometime in 2003). Most of those posts were lost when the bloghost went from offering free to paid-only hosting.
I could write about my many tribulations with my elderly mother and her cohorts – my sisters, now, but I doubt if that would help the relationships. Let me put that more succinctly – it would make a bad situation worse. Yet, I have many thoughts on the horrible situation we have in this country and culture concerning the elderly. Some of it brought upon themselves, some from whacked out ideas we have about the progression of life. I would love to go there. I cannot afford to, in the personal sense, at this time. Too much is at stake in the personal, and not enough is in the balance of helping others understand.

I think some things on Imonks wishlist are out there to be read, but everyone scrambles to link the top dogs in the blogosphere, or talk about the supposed important issues. Ok, they are important, but you have something of a monologue without any participation and feedback on the more obscure issues or topics; they are just lost in the pile. I am not sure what resolves this problem.

I do think there is a boring homogenization going on… faster than I might have predicted. It mirrors other communication media. The influence of marketing has something to do with whole business as well.

So if you want something different in blogging and blog reading, you have to support your local blogger with hits, links, and dialog. Want to know something different- ask questions. That might get something going….

What the blogosphere continues to provide is the everyman’s forum to speak out. It provides a connection between those of like interest, or curiosity about interests, that would normally be lacking in ones usual environment. It still functions as a grassroots coalition to produce change or focus on issues. I think once we settle, through experimentation, how the blogosphere best functions and what we may trust it for, or what hacks work to stretch its usefulness, then we will stop feeling bored and disappointed that it isn’t giving us more of what we expected.

I think much of the transition we are seeing is the result of the huge expansion that blogging has taken in our culture. Probably we will need bridges to the niches and subcultures that we tend to circle within. Maybe some bloggers themselves will be those bridges? Maybe that is what Imonk is scanning the horizon to see?

2 thoughts on “Blogosphere-HUNH! Y’all! What’s It Good For?”

  1. Some of the openness you mention does happen on the internet – only in private forums. Blogging is by nature public and sometimes(as you mention) some things are best kept out of the public eye. Not doing so can end up getting people and relationships hurt.

    I have struggled with whether to share more of the issues we’ve had with our church. And although we’ve remained fairly anonymous, I just feel a little trepidation at doing so. That may change a little though… we’ll see what the future holds.

  2. As you point out, it is a decision that takes alot of consideration. What I noticed happening was the surprise some bloggers had when they got comments that critiqued their circumstances or reported feelings and actions. I would want to go into it knowing as much of the ripple effect, of what I was publishing, as possible.

    If you shared your insights, and someone happened to figure out the who and the what…. how would that make you feel? I think that is what it comes down to lots of times, whether we would be as comfortable saying it if we put our full name to it as we are in the semi-anonymous mode. It seems that it has happened that people were identified.

    Some of what we hide behind is the same sort of secrecy that creates problems, should we edit things just to provide cover for people? As I said about my mother…for me the answer is yes. I don’t think I could divide myself from the fact that it is a sort of punishment for that person. To expose some things about them, for whatever the higher purpose, is a form of punishment. And the sad thing about the relative ease I had in discussing my dad was the fact that this is the very type of punishment my mother perpetrated on him. I didn’t realize that until this moment. Wow! blogging. Blogging can be my very own analyst 😉 Maybe that is why it has been considered therapeutic to keep a written journal? -before it was such a public venture….

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