One of my classmates in 525 – Managing Internet Information observed on the blog he had to set-up for a class assignment that his “initial impression of Blogging was that most contributors suffer from Blogorrhea. That is, an inability to control the output.”

I admit that I suffer from a case of that disease.  But I guess it's better than “blogstipation” which is even worse. 

That's when somebody sets up a blog but then only posts to it on extremely rare occasions (I believe that fewer than three times a week with small entries and a difficulty in getting things out is the accepted medical diagnosis for blogstipation!)

Comments 7

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I finally had the opportunity to take a look at the Blogs of my fellow LIS525 classmates. And I have been duly impressed with the efforts of many. I was pleased to note that I have been noticed.
    With a well balanced diet of humour and insight Jason, you have generated a very fine product indeed!
    Personally, I still have not been entirely sold on the value of the Blog for libraries. It is, nevertheless, an interesting distraction.
    “When you try to formalize or socialize creative activity, the only sure result is commercial constipation. The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”
    — Charles Browder

    Posted 29 May 2006 at 12:22 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I agree with you about the blogstipation, which seems to be a problem with a lot of these new social technologies. Over the last year I’ve become an avid podcast listener and have observed the same behavior. What’s sad is that often I quite enjoyed what the authors had to say and as a result was ever the more disappointed when more content failed to appear. Anyway I like the term, you should write a wikipidea article on it. -Ian S

    Posted 31 May 2006 at 12:58 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm finding it surprising how much resistance there seems to be to blogs from people taking this course, many of whom have a first post saying “I don't like blogs” or “I don't know what their purpose is.” But then I realise I felt the exact same way about two months ago (and maybe still do somewhat.) It'll be interesting to me to see how many people who created blogs for this week's assignment keep them up and how many let it end with that initial “this is my blog – I don't know what else to write” entry. That's my random thoughts anyhow. Thanks for the comments guys!

    Posted 31 May 2006 at 3:45 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    You haven't been blogging that long, and you're blogging to a small audience. You'll soon learn that quality triumphs over quantity any day, and some of the most well-respected and popular blogs only have entries once or twice a week.

    Posted 03 Jun 2006 at 12:58 am
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Anonymous, I have to disagree with you.
    I don't think there's necessarily an inverse relationship between quantity of posts and their quality and to say that someone “will learn” this truth is being didactic at best, rude at worst.
    I also wonder what audience size has to do with anything (or what you qualify as a “small” audience in the first place?) I'm actually pretty amazed how many hits I'm getting on a daily basis already!
    I think part of what keeps people coming to my site is because they know that I'm trying to update it every day and they'll (hopefully) find something relatively interesting each time they come.
    Actually, most of the blogs I visit on a regular basis ( and a few other library-related blogs, Rude Pundit, Kottke, MetaFilter) have posts on a daily basis (some have multiple daily posts) while maintaining a high level of quality. I'd be interested in knowing which blogs you think maintain a higher quality by having less frequent posts?
    True, I haven't been blogging long but I've been reading blogs for probably five or six years so I'm pretty familiar with the conventions as well as what I like and what I don't. One of the things I've learned is that there are no rules that apply to all blogs – some post lots, some post infrequently, some of each of these types of blogs are good, some aren't. Some have audiences in the thousands, some have audiences in the hundreds but that doesn't mean the larger ones are more legitimate or useful. Oh, and I also learned that it's bad etiquette to post anonymous comments on a blog.

    Posted 03 Jun 2006 at 5:29 am
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    In one line you say “there are no rules that apply to all blogs,” yet you contradict yourself by telling me it's bad etiquette to leave anonymous comments…interesting perspective you have there. Feel free to disable anonymous commenting then. But, just to placate your preconceived notions, I'll add a name this time. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether it's real or fictitious.
    I have read almost all of your blog, and I just find that both your commentary and writing style are pretentious. You are also boastful (bragging about how you “got more nominations than some people got votes” for that award you won), condescending (by chiding your classmates for not already maintaining a blog, when, more than likely, they choose not to share it with others) and, in general, your tone is a little unpleasant at times.
    And, just let it be known, no, I don't know you or attend school with you. I just happened to come across this journal by accident, and I couldn't leave without sharing my opinions.

    Posted 05 Jun 2006 at 5:41 am
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    I don't think it's a contradiction to say that “there are no rules that apply to all blogs” then also to point out when someone's being a rude bastard by not following commonly accepted blog etiquette.
    To put it another way – there's no rule that says you can't talk on a cell phone in a movie theatre but if you do, you're being a rude bastard – which appears to be the case here.
    I'm not going to disable anonymous posting based on one person coming here and trolling – although I highly doubt that you don't have some connection to the school or myself. Why else would you read the entire blog (plus comments) if you just “happened by”? Why else would you pick out things that bug you so much if you're a random visitor? Why else would you feel compelled to post comments yourself? Why else would you assume that I have a small audience if you have no other knowledge about me, my program or this blog? Your fear of giving your real name is very telling and I'm pretty sure you're not the Accidental Tourist that you claim to be.
    But as they say, on the Internet, “no one knows you're a dog.” (I hope a reference from the New Yorker isn't too pretentious for you! )

    Posted 05 Jun 2006 at 6:09 am
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