Blogdundancy

I have been introduced to so many exciting, fun, and new words since I started blogging. Blogosphere. Blognation. Bloggery. Blogkind. On and on. You could probably put the word ‘blog’ in front of any noun, verb, or adjective and create a fun new word. I could see how it would get a little redundant.

I noticed this as I expanded my blogbrary and started reaching out to be more participatory in blogs. I quickly learned the more you put out (reading, commenting) the more you received in return on your own blog. Not that I’m a blogwhore or anything, but a lot of the fun part of blogging is when people read – and make their own comments – on your thoughts. The rest of the fun part is just writing in general.

The not-so-startling trend I notice, after only a few months of blogging, is that already when I read other blogs I am thinking “I wrote about that 2 weeks ago”. Of course my own posts are probably met with a lot of the same with the longer travelled, more established blogs.  This brings me to a few thoughts on blogging – and gaming in general. After the break.

On some of the hotter button topics, such as subscription models and grind models, the blogworld seems to be of the same viewpoint. Both need to change for a WoW successor to dethrone the master of the grind. Does this mean out of the 11 million people who play WoW, or the 5.9 billion who don’t, that they are happy and fine with the subscription model? Is there any sort of movement for change (how long has it been discussed?) or only a certain circle thinks that way which obviously has no impact? Do developers read blogs – and if they are, are they listening? Is it loud enough over the bean counter chatter?

As for blogs having the trend of similar posts, is there a blogcentralized database where blogs can link their posts based on developer and issue – so blogfolk can reference before they write, or find the topic they want to read about? A card catalog, if you wish, of what blogs have posted which viewpoints about various issues. Anyone want to put that together if it doesn’t exist?

The important questions that come to mind when stuck in a hotel room 10 hours from home.

5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Since I’m too tired to respond to this coherently, I’ll just say: yay! I’m first… and you owe me an email, hon. (Lest you’ve forgotten why, get yer behind on gchat one of these days!) 😀

  2. I write to get ideas out of my head. If I happen to find an audience, that’s a bonus. If I happen to duplicate some one else’s thoughts, I take solace in the fact that I came by them on my own (and give credit where credit is due). I also lend greater credence to a duplicated idea, or at least the thought process, since it was derived from the same evidence.

    I suspect there will always be redundancy in the system. Once I have nothing left to say with my unique twist, I’ll sit back and be a reader again. *shrug*

    An index might be good… but I’d probably still write on my own. If nothing else, I’d collect links for my own future reference and research.

  3. People rarely say exactly the same thing. I find that most of the time, 2 bloggers blogging on the same subject will have a common core, but each will have a different take on the subject, or add something.

    And there are just sooooo many blogs, you can’t expect someone to read everything pertaining to a subject before writing what’s on their mind. Also, like Tesh, I write to get things out of my system.

    If someone has blogged on something I wanted to blog about (which occurs often), I’ll put a comment, or, if it gets too long, write a full post on my own.

    An index might be interesting, but would soon become huuuuuge :D. And I would still write my (rare) own posts, too.

    When Fangirls Attack (http://womenincomics.blogspot.com/) is not an index, but the result of two female bloggers aggregating blog posts and articles pertaining to the place on women in comics. They tend to index them by subjects. Might be a way of doing it?

  4. You could also index by author-selected tags and/or titles. (Though in my own writing, my titles aren’t necessarily indicative of the full scope of the article.)

  5. @Modran: Good stuff – that was what I was (trying to) get at. While I appreciate how everyone has their own spin, with all the great blogs out there would be cool if WordPress, (for example) automatically categorized things – or some 3rd party independant site did. That way, after I write my “masterpiece” (very heavy emphasis on the quotations, mind you =P) I can see all the other discussions- and viewpoints -on the matter. I too write for the therapeutic nature of it, but I LOVE seeing other opinions – because quite honestly, I learn an awful lot about it. It helps me understand all sides. I do agree that would get rediculously large as an afterthought, but it would just be sweeet if possible =)

    @Tesh: I’m in the same boat as you. My titles are typically all over the map (based in good ol’ irony, confusion, or both) so it would be difficult.

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