Two Short Thoughts
I had some metablogging thoughts bubbling in my head for a while, so I’ll let them out.
Firstly – about blog and blogger ‘deaths’. The situation online parallels the situation ‘in real life’ almost mockingly. When a blog disappears without notice, the blog dies, and the blogger (if he disappears too) ‘dies’ as well. The community as a whole feels a sense of loss from the loss of the blogger, for very selfish reasons – they can’t read any of his posts anymore, they can’t talk to him about things anymore, he’s just gone. However, he isn’t just ‘gone’ – he’s gone to ‘real life’, where he could be suffering in agony, or celebrating in joy. The community doesn’t know, because it doesn’t matter – if you can’t confirm something, why worry about it (I’m going to paraphrase Rintarou a lot, aren’t I…)? Either way, the community is sad that he’s ‘dead’.
Now, in real life. A person dies. People who knew him feel a sense of loss, also for very selfish reasons – they can’t receive any of his contributions (maybe he was a teacher and he taught really well; maybe he was a programmer and his games were really fun; maybe he was a doctor and he saved a lot of people) anymore, they can’t talk to him about things anymore, he’s just gone. However, he may not be just ‘gone’ – he may have gone to the Afterlife, where he could be suffering in agony, or celebrating in joy. The people who knew him doesn’t know, because it doesn’t matter – if you can’t confirm something, why worry about it? Either way, people who knew him are sad that he’s dead.
Alright, moving out of that sombre topic.
What style of writing do you prefer? By you, I mean everyone in the community, generally, and by style of writing, I mean opinion-pieces or discussion-pieces. Seeing as I never write editorial (or at least, meaningful ones) posts, this is more about all the blogs out there who do pump out many of those.
An opinion piece would be a post like the death post (ok, that sounded horrible), where the author sets out to write their own opinion on something. These posts are usually longer in length and more deep in detail.
A discussion piece would be a post like this latter half of this post, where the author finds an interesting topic and wishes to discuss it with others. These posts are usually shorter, and don’t show much of the author’s opinion – they usually spend more time on backstory, on connecting events, and the like.
An opinion piece’s comments generally revolve around the arguments and opinions of the author, while a discussion piece’s comments are much broader in topic, and frequently contain connections to almost unrelated subjects.
I’m sure all of you have seen plenty of examples from both types (and of course, they frequently overlap), but which type do you prefer?