Marking Out The Borders of a Weblog
Marking Out The Borders of a Weblog.
Recently a number of bloggers have been responding to the Dave Winer article on What makes a weblog a weblog? There are some minor dissention, but there are also many bloggers who have agreed that this is a great article. What we are missing, though, is to define the borders of a weblog. When writing a weblog, for what am I responsible? We have talked about the minimal features of a weblog, but what about all those other add-ons? Are they part of the weblog or do we consider them to be not part of the weblog? Do we accept only the minimal features of a weblog as essentially the weblog, or do we need also to consider other parts that are optional?
Definition of a Weblog
Let us start with Dave Winer's definition of a weblog:
A weblog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, that can be viewed in an HTML browser.
James Snell, on the other hand, disagrees. He identifies two major problems with Dave's definition:
1) There is no hierarchy in Weblog posts and 2) there should be no requirement for the content to be viewable in an HTML browser.
Instead James Snell suggests that where Dave is wrong is the term "hierarchy" instead of the word "chronological". James Snell insists in his definition that weblogs are arranged chronologically. The second point her brings up is that a weblog should not necessarily be viewed in a browser. James Snell's definition of a weblog is:
. . . a chronologically ordered collection of independent "thought bubbles" published and accessed using open Internet technologies. . . . Each "thought bubble" manifests itself as a Weblog Post. Each post represents a point-in-time snapshot of something the Weblog author is thinking about.
James emphasizes the authorship idea of a weblog in saying that a weblog is a "snapshot of something the Weblog author is thinking about". Dave also identifies the authorship of a weblog as a single author. Earlier I took from Seb's Research the idea that a weblog turns people into web pages, again agreeing with the thought that a weblog is created by an individual and is, as Dave says, "The unedited voice of a person".
...[Elwyn Jenkins: MicrodocBlogger]