The internet is an amorphous blob of personal space and public domain. Few things can be said to embody both concepts. Upon the internet becoming the internet, conceptual understanding progressed at a snail’s pace because people were asking what the internet can do before asking what the internet was. The same thing is happening to the blogosphere. To steal a concept from Mark O’Donnell: people are asking what blogs can do before asking what blogs really are.
In my opinion, the two ideas, what blogs are and what blogs can do, are inseparable because embedded in the identity of blogging is what it allows you to do. As an anology: what I do is teach, I consider my identity- what I am- a teacher. I am what I do.
Blogs are what they allow people to do.
The following 5 benefits refer to professional articles as a result of blogging rather than a rambling personal diary reminiscent of a Bret Easton Ellis publication- but blogs are also blogs because they allow for this as well…