I find it interesting how a blog, more than any other medium, carries with it this expectation of frequent updates. Often the blogs I read will have periods of slowness in posting or longer gaps between updates and when the blogger returns from whatever real-life adventure he or she has been having, there’s generally an air of guilt in their words, an apology for not giving their readers something new to read. I can’t imagine this with another format. When a novelist takes a longer than usual time putting out his or her next masterpiece the first chapter isn’t a lot of hand-wringing and apologies, it jumps right into the story. So what is it about blogs that makes bloggers feel so directly responsible for churning out a lot of content? I suppose in some cases blogs offer the reader a chance to give near immediate feedback to the writer through comments. That could make a writer want to be a little more hands on and placating in that relationship. Also, as evidenced by this blog you’re reading, absolutely anyone on the planet can be a blogger, and sometimes that includes people who haven’t established emotional boundaries around their work and the public’s reaction to it. There’s another factor though, now that I think about it, and it actually ties into our hypertext class, so yay for finally being on topic: since blogs are electronic content that exist in serial form on the Internet, a constantly evolving platform, they are expected to be constantly evolving as well. There’s nothing more disappointing than a static webpage. Web content has to move, to change, to continue to entice us as readers. Otherwise it might as well be a book, and really, who reads those?
What else do you think distinguishes blogs from more traditional media? I’m sure there are things I haven’t thought of.
Btw, sorry it took me so long to post this entry…<winky face>