Here I write with reference to my earlier post on “Chris Brogan’s throwdown,” which cited his challenge to his readers and fellow bloggers: What is the focus and purpose of your blog?
I’ve been mulling this question off and on ever since, testing various formulations against current posts and my triple archive (Makurrah’s Blog, fledgling, and makurrah’s posterous). But when I returned to my “About” page and re-read the brief lines there, I realized that they constitute an answer to CB’s question.
Pages from the notebooks and archives of a practitioner and critic of blogging in all its manifestations, who is attentive to media, new and old, and their relations to journalism and to historiography.
However, I have run across a few tweets and links that have brought into focus an important aspect of this blog, and an ongoing impetus for me to continue working in the medium. I refer here to the possibilities, afforded by blogging in particular, for serendipity.
For the moment I will limit myself to providing a few links that got me thinking about this concept and its implications for the practice of blogging in all its manifestations.
– Inside guardian.co.uk blog, March 26, 2010: http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/insideguardian/2010/mar/26/random-guardian
– jaggeree blog, March 26, 2010: http://blog.jaggeree.com/post/475027012/newspapers-as-serendipity-bundles-and-chatroulette-for
– Matthew Ingram at gigaom, March 29, 2010: http://gigaom.com/2010/03/29/forget-paywalls-how-about-more-serendipity/
I’ll have more to say on the serendipity factor as time allows.