For writers of any sort regular writing is the most important thing. Just writing a little piece, a small paragraph or two, keeps a writer in shape, in practice, and develops further skills and quicker thinking. Blogs offer the perfect space and opportunity for this. It is a place of minimal judgement and pressures on the writer to be technically correct in their writing; it offers a place that one can explore their own thoughts casually, note them down in a post, come back to them at a future date and even edit and update these posts. It is a much more informal, relaxed and personal space despite being located in the public realm. Not only does it give one practice and room to develop their writing and ideas but it also allows for the expansion of thought via linking and efficient referencing to other previous concepts that people may have written about in the past. How convenient.
Blogs are amazing with their linkage to more and more information and references. There is no traditional text quite like the blog thanks to Hypertext. There is one type of text that I do think comes the closest to what hypertexts and blogs offer. Hypertexts offer multiple endings and even optional beginnings, not to mention destroy the whole traditional concept of the frames of a text. The closet ‘traditional’ text that even comes remotely similar to this concept is the old ‘choose your own adventure’ novels. These novels were fairly so called ‘interactive’ although that seems rather primitive when you contrast it to hypertexts. What I appreciate most about hypertexts and blogs is that if you come across something in the writing that looks interesting and has more depth to it than is explored in the actual piece thats currently displayed on your screen chances are it will be a hyperlink and you can simply click on this curiosity to discover more. Traditional texts now seem limiting in this way. If i was reading a book and came across a reference and wanted to know more but it didn’t have those extra notes in the end pages, I would have to go look it up or ask around! This seems like an outrageous effort to go to just to gain a fuller understanding of the author’s meaning. What is more than likely to happen is that I’d just keep reading on and simply forget about the idea and just accept a partial understanding of what I am reading. This barely seems satisfactory now, but reflecting back before hypertexts and blogs existed in my life, I feel amazingly spoiled with knowledge. The access to such a limitless flow of knowledge seems mind boggling….