#1 reason that I created this weblog was to experiment with new technology. Okay, in March 2003 weblogs were hardly new tech, but they were for me. The blog was also not the central them of the site, but just one of many such experiments.

Sometimes you need to participate in something to understand it. At the time I was thinking more about learning Perl than the social experiment of blogging, but I’m open to learning unexpected lessons.

It is good to have a place to play. There’s a lot I can do right here on my own desktop, but it changes how I create stuff when there’s an audience. Even when its an audience of three, as it was in the early days, just going through the extra effort of making it work for someone else changes the experience. There is also no substitute for participation in understanding the nuances of a medium.

A blog is a comfortable sidebar for my experiment of the moment. The only comparable forum is the cube-side demo — grabbing a colleague for an impromptu “hey check this out” — which acheives a similar camraderie, but lacks the temporal independence and low impact of a blog entry.

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2 thoughts on “participatory geekiness

  1. Ah yes – the old “kick the tires” syndrome. Lots of discussions nowadays about tracking comments, RSS feeds that aggregate comments around topics and whatnot. Just a simple notification that someone has left a comment would be cool. Joi has a feed – which combines all his comments and Trackback – so I can follow the threads. Ok – #1 down, 9 to go.

  2. I share that feeling. I started out emailing friends and family all these “look at this” or “this is a cool link” emails, and discovered that blogging was a much more efficient way to satisfy that desire to pass on “neat” stuff. Plus it’s gratifying in that it’s almost like being at “amateur night” at a nightclub and you get to be the only person up there – you can have a “captive” audience so to speak.

    I think alot of folks who originally created general websites had this desire, and blogs seem to have evolved from the need to simplify the process.

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