Blogs are, in many ways, the child of BBS culture and mailing lists. They are a unique innovation on that model, allowing each person to control their part of the conversation on their own machine and software while still being tied to a larger conversation through linking, backlinks, tags, and RSS feeds.
Blogs value a separation of voices, the development of personalities, new posts over revision of old posts.
They are read serially, and the larger meaning is created out of a narrative that expands and elaborates themes over time, becoming much more than the sum of its parts to the daily reader.
Kind of the idea that you are following a person, not a blog. I'm sure Ton or someone else on the IndieWeb has mentioned that before.
Through reading a good blogger on a regular basis, one is able to watch someone of talent think through issues
It strikes me there are a few flavors of epistemic uncertainty for the blogger
I think when we talk about “networked communities” that’s one of the ideas we’re getting at: that we can be part of multiple communities at once, with shared, partially overlapping sets of interests. And that we can do this while tending our own digital garden, without having to maintain accounts on a dozen different third-party platforms.
I’m hoping that starting up a few will lower the psychological barriers to publishing and give me some momentum to continue posting more regularly.
And networks can’t self-sustain without participation - so maybe the best argument for blogging is not because it’s good for you but because it’s good for… us?
And this cross-domain blogchain is another way to experiment
Blogchains and "blogging together".