I'll Have the Blog Special with Extra Sauce
How to Save the World: Work-Arounds for Blogging's Limitations. Spotted-onward by Nancy White, this 2004-03-27 entry by Dave Pollard touches on blogging as distraction and then segues into what it would take to make blogging more effective:
- accessibility to novices
- easy audience/community connection
- seamless transition and co-integration with reading, commenting, e-mail, messaging, telephony, audio, video, wikis, other tools along-side/together
I think I have the answer on what keeps me from switching to audio and face-to-face though. I'd have to dedicate my attention to listening, and that is not what happens when I am blogging or reacting, even typing here at a web page that has David Weinberger's great smile in front of me. Now, I am of a generation where habitual use of the telephone and especially long-distance calling was not ordinary. But I don't think that is it. It is about how jealous I am of my attention. I wonder what that is hiding?
Meanwhile, Nancy White has a great list of related questions about the utility of the blog as an instrument of social computing, building on Mike Gotta's analysis.
OK, this interests me.