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Random Blog Mutterings About Blog Mutterings

The great gun blogger David Petzel has a prayer that he supposedly utters every time he screws up.  It goes:

“Oh Lord of Hosts, who guided my namesake David’s hand so that he could put a rock right through Goliath’s pre-frontal lobes even though he played the harp in his spare time, I thank Thee that the readers didn’t see me do that.”

This got me thinking that it’s interesting to me that a media, namely blogs, that have long been associated with personal spleen-venting, are increasingly becoming sources for polished, focused commentary.  Some of the work (e.g. Kevin Baker’s uberposts) being done on them is downright scholarly.  We’ve reached a point in the development of blogs where expert writers such as Petzal and his coblogger Phil Bourjaily are using a blog as their primary means of communication with their readership.  Gone are the days (if such days ever existed outside stereotypes and media prejudice) where blogs were primarily the purview of personal screeds and mopes.

Blogging has entered the age where it’s become a legitimate channel for informed, expert communication.  What’s more, the experts are understanding their audience not solely as the readers of their books, articles, or columns, but as the readership of their blogs as well.

What does this mean for the Internet in general and blogging in particular?  I have to confess that I’m not entirely sure.  But I do think that it’s Real Damn Interesting.

Posted in Geekery, Guns, Meta, Science/Tech.

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  1. Kevin Baker says

    Thank you for the compliment – that is high praise!

    And thanks for the link, too.

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  3. Ventego says

    Thank you! You often write very interesting articles. You improved my mood.

  4. Brown says

    In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

  5. ElenaLisvato says

    Thank you for your help!

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