Blogging methods

So, I seem to have this meta blog blogging thing happening recently (blogging about blogging). I think that’s because I’m helping review a book about blogging, and it’s kinda forcing me to think critically about the whole thing. I’m learning something out of the process too, so it can’t be a bad thing.

Anyways, as I sit here drinking my therapeutic beer and pondering one of Steven’s posts with a somewhat cryptic title, it occurs to me that what Steven forgets to explain is the meaning of the title of his post. Steven keeps a list of things he needs to blog about in a text file, and then works through that later. Whereas, I mark things as needing followup in my aggregator, and then trawl through them later. If I find a link that needs posting, then it just goes straight into my links category.

What is interesting about this isn’t how Steven and I achieve the same thing, although that is an interesting conversation when you think about it too. It’s more about the fundamental assumption that we’ve both made that blog posts are timeless, and that we can respond to things later. I’ve never really consciously thought about it, but that’s the assumption I’m making here.

That assumption is wrong. Very wrong. Imagine that you’re the company with the security problem with your product (like the Kryptonite bike locks). You only have hours, to respond, even if it’s inadequate. If you haven’t responded by then, people will assume you don’t care. It’s kinda like having a conversation in the hallway, and thinking of the perfect comeback in the car on the way home. It’s too late then.

Now, there are some posts where you can reply later, and it’s a great way of restarting debate if you’re not happy with the current conclusion, but you need to assume that you’re perhaps losing the timeliness of the information. A good example of this is that I’ve been meaning to response to Frank’s impending hospital trip for a while, and just haven’t had the time to write up all the things I want to say. I wonder if it’s soon going to be too late to bother.

[tags: timeliness]