Friday, April 13, 2007



Look, I find death threats (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6499095.stm) as abhorrent as the next guy does (assuming the next guy is not Osama bin Laden), but all this noise about blog etiquette and a code of conduct (http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/04/draft_bloggers_1.html) for blogging makes me wonder if the guys backing these ideas have forgotten that blogs exist on the INTERNET!!! (http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2006/10/blogs-and-integrity.html)

Like a tasty breakfast, the information superhighway is artery-clogged with porn and spam. Either accept it or get off the road, but don't add to the mess with your delusions of grandeur, thinking you can purify the virtual world like cyber-saviors handing down rules of the road from Mount Sinai. You want to hand out badges? Forget that -- I don't need no stinking badges!

What? Too many mixed metaphors? Okay, bottom line: a blog is just an easily updated website; a blogger is a dude or chick who maintains such a site; the title of "blogger" is nothing special. Get over yourselves.

By contrast, the title of "ink blogger" (http://sumocat.blogspot.com/search?q=%22ink+blogger%22) is very special because A) few individuals have earned this distinction and B) we post in our own handwriting, ensuring our blogs are uniquely our own. Perhaps we should have our own code... yes, an ink blogger's code of conduct... (http://tinyurl.com/2382s9)



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4 Comments:

  1. Agreed! We don't need their salvation.

    Do I get to belong to the group of ink bloggers even though I've posted a lot of text blogs recently? I promise to start posting more in Ink as soon as finals are over.

    LOL. Its great to hear you speaking about this by the way. I too refuse to sign any code of conduct. I don't take myself that seriously, so why should I take anyone choosing to vocalize threats via internet?

    -Minda-

    By Blogger Minda, at 4/14/2007 01:21:00 AM
     

  2. No frequency requirements for ink blogging as far as I'm concerned just so long as the inking is fun. BTW, there is a bit of irony in that you and I, who can post in our own handwriting, will not *sign* a code of conduct. I may carry that idea a bit further.

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 4/14/2007 09:04:00 AM
     

  3. The biggest reason behind me not agreeing with it is because I am not about to change my style to suit others. My blog is my place to vent sometimes, my place to store crazy information (like the hollow earth theory), and my place to interact with other people. I don't like having rules set forth to govern my behavior. I will be looking at a future with nothing but rules and regulations once I become a teacher. I'll have to hide my blog behind a different picture and not let any of my students know about it. Basically, I will have to censor my whole life. Not to mention my MySpace will have to go. Life isn't about rules and regulations, its about learning from experiences. And if it takes someone calling me a offensive comment to teach me something. I will accept that. Although I would probably block them first and really think about the reason they went off later. But thats just the hippie side of me. :D

    By Blogger Minda, at 4/17/2007 03:01:00 AM
     

  4. Certainly you have good reason not to sign on. Having been a tutor, I know it is best not to let your real life and your teaching life mingle.

    I, on the other hand, am simply an anti-conformist. Even when I join a crowd, I must march out of step, as demonstrated with the blog. Yes, I blog but clearly not like everyone else. :)

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 4/17/2007 09:31:00 AM
     

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