Cool BT

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Will The Real Blogger Please Stand Up

Blogging offers an avenue of communication never before available. Anyone can share his/her life with anyone. Blogging fits into the category of "neutral," it is neither good or bad but rather it depends on what you do with it. Some have really taken the time to write quality pieces about their life and or interests. Others have used this medium to vent uncontrollably to whoever is willing to listen.

I like the psychology of comments. It is almost as fun as checking your email. We get small bits of enjoyment from the comments others leave us. We leave comments on others blogs to spread our worthy opinion and also to get traffic to our site.

The complete anonymity really sets blogging apart from other types of communication. You can be whoever you want to be and no one will know. There are liars, marketers pushing their product, preachers pushing their philosophy, people that are still mad at their parents / society and all of the in between people. Even the good bloggers out there still remain hidden behind their veil. What really is the point to all of this if no one will ever really meet each other? Are we spending too much time developing electronic relationships? For each hour we blog are we taking away time from our circle of real friends and family? Are we really having an impact on others? Are we really helping ourselves by venting on the web? What are the real ripple effects of our words?

The fact that marketers are intruding here and there tells us that this is not a complete waste of time but then again marketers hang out everywhere.


  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Josh said…

    CBT - You took the words right out of me. I am working on a similar post. One of the reasons I drop my real picture in my profile is because I don't want all my electronic friends to forget that I am a real person as well. I wish I could carry some of these discussions over into the real world. I gain a diversity on these blogs that I wouldn't encounter in regular life, both in terms of geographic and philosophical isolation. So I try and learn as much as I can online, without losing sight of the fact that I am not building an alternate electronic personality, but expanding the horizons of the guy sitting in front of the computer.

  • At 10:14 PM, Blogger Cool BT said…

    Josh, I admire your boldness and honesty. That takes courage to be open and honest with the world. Who says we can't bring these discussions over into the real world? It is funny you say "real world" ... makes you wonder what we would call the "blog" world. Like will we look back and say "I am so glad I spent so much time developing myself (or others) in the blog world?" This is one of the questions I am trying to answer.

    I also drop my real picture so people know that I am a real person ;)

  • At 2:49 AM, Blogger ClooJew said…

    Like anything else in life, an investment of time in blogging takes away time from other things.

    Is learning more important? Spending time with family? The same arguments can be made when going to the gym or a movie.

    How we invest our time is a question of balance.

  • At 2:49 AM, Blogger ClooJew said…

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  • At 2:56 AM, Blogger Elisheva said…

    Very interesting thoughts. I myself often wonder what exactly made me start my blog after I kinda stumbled into Blogsville.

    I am not home now, but I will have think about it, and IY"H comment further on my thoughts when I get home.


  • At 4:16 AM, Blogger Elster said…

    100% correct. Blogging is different things to different people. Personally, i love to write. I find blogging to just be a way of "excercising' my writing muscle if you follow. If you read through my blog (not an invitation mind you), you will see that i write about whatever I'm thinking about. Thoughts, stories, whatever. I don't put careful consideration into my posts. I write what i feel.

    Is it a waste of time? For me, I thnk not. My goal is to write for a living. The two most powerful tools for a writer are reading and writing. So there you go.

  • At 5:02 AM, Blogger Cool BT said…

    Cloojew, very good point. You sound like someone who can really discipline himself and know where his balance is. I doubt the same is true in bloggerland.

    Elisheva, thanks for the sneak preview. Looking forward to your insights.

    Elster, I imagine in your case it is a positive thing as long as it is in moderation as cloojew pointed out. I think you represent a minority in bloggerworld.

  • At 6:50 PM, Blogger turquoiseblue said…

    my take:

    I think many good things can come out of blogging!!

    But in MY case, it really does interfere with my "real life" and causing me to neglect things/people etc... turning into a "bad thing".

    Oh, so much to do, so little time to do it :(

  • At 2:01 AM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said…

    Interesting post and the whole area about the psychology of comments and internet relationships as they compare to real life ones is something explored by myself these days.

    Are these blogs in some way an expression of our real life interests, or do they become as substitute for them? I suppose it depends upon the person, but my blog asks many provocative questions about life as it pertains to being a Jew, politics and relationship with self.

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger Semgirl said…

    I love blogging because I have made so many cool friends I would never have met ordinarily and found out that many other girls (and guys) actually like I do.

  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger ליפא שנילצער said…

    josh your face sounds very familiar do you live in nyc

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  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger chavaleh said…

    I'm beginning to feel like this is the Matrix.

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  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger AidelKnaidel said…

    I think that what appeals to people the most is that they can say what they really feel, and no repurcussions. No one admonishing you on your thoughts, and no way to be embarassed. Its the one venue in life where I can be me, 100% no sugar-coating the truth or hiding myself at all. And its exhilerating.

    Nowadays, people don't talk. They don't say how they feel. Everyone is all messed up and everything is convuluted and hidden. We need psychologists to help us talk. Here we can actually speak, and be heard without concealing anything.

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